Anne Hathaway is an American actress. She gained recognition in 2001 as the character Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries as well as its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in 2004. She has also gained acclaim for her films The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Becoming Jane (2007). She also played dramatic roles in Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, and Rachel Getting Married in which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in the later. In 2010, she starred in box office hits like Valentine’s Day, Alice in Wonderland, Love and Other Drugs, and Rio. She will also be playing Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises and Fantine in the movie adaptation of Les Miserables. She was named one of People Magazine’s breakout stars on 2001 and she appeared in the 50 Most Beautiful People list in 2006.
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With roles opposite Julie Andrews and Meryl Streep, and an Academy Award nomination to boot, Anne is often tapped as the next Julia Roberts and the darling of Hollywood.
Shortly after the series ended, Hathaway took on the role that made her famous: She starred as Mia Thermopolis, a smart, klutzy teen who learns she is actually a princess of a small country called Genovia, in The Princess Diaries (2001). Thermopolis's grandmother, played by Julie Andrews, instructs her in all things royal. While reviews were mixed, the film scored big with audiences, earning approximately $108 million at the box office. Hathaway earned another Teen Choice Award nomination for her work on the film.
Hathaway returned to the role for the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. That same year, she played the title character in Ella Enchanted, a twist on the Cinderella story. The film received mostly positive reviews, with critic Roger Ebert describing her as "beautiful" and "luminous."
Hathaway departed from making family friendly films in 2005, with Havoc and Brokeback Mountain. In the independent film Havoc, she played a privileged Los Angeles teen who drawn to the city's grittier side. The Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, featured Hathaway in a supporting role as Lureen, a wife whose husband is in love with a man. She earned strong reviews for her portrayal of a tough, sexy Texan.