"Anne Hathaway"

Primary Authors: Rebekah Hernandez and Alissa Maedel

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Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York on 12 November 1982 to Kathleen Ann and Gerald Thomas Hathaway. The Irish, English, German, and French family moved to Milburn New Jersey when she was six, were she grew up singing, dancing, and playing soccer. Her mother's acting career greatly influenced her passion after deciding that being a nun no longer suited her personal values. While in high school, she enjoyed playing the lead role in "Once Upon a Mattress." She finally ended her education career at Vasspar College studying English and later transferred to New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

Hathaway got her first break in the short lived TV show Get Real, from which she won a Teen Choice Award at the age of 16. Her following role, after beating out 500 other candidates, was the start of her film career starring in Princess Diaries, which made over a million dollars in 2001. Her next big career move was targeted for adult viewers. She played Havoc in Brokeback Mountain (2005) for which she won an Academy Award. In 2006, she was the lead in the Devil Wears Prada. Hathaway was asked to play the role of Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera (2005) but due to her obligations for her reprise role in The Princess Diaries 2 (2004) she had to decline the role because of overlapping schedules.

The versatile actress who started young managed to age with grace in her career. Hathaway is well recognized for all the roles she has been in. Budding from a teenage TV role, the actress has managed to transition well to her now mature characters. She is dedicated to every role she has played. Hathaway lost weight for her role in The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Les Misérables (2012). In addition to her weight loss for Les Misérables she also cut her hair during the screening process. Needless to say, she is committed to every role. Hathaway even practices every speech before presenting to the world.

As a woman who lives life to the fullest, Hathaway tries to take full advantage of every opportunity. She believes in helping others to the best of her abilities. She helps out with many medical research fund donation groups like St. Jude's Children's Hospital; a medical research facility for childhood diseases.

Hathaway is supportive of a women's rights group called Step Up which helps women and children that have suffered domestic abuse. In 2012, Hathaway went to Africa to help out sick children in a village. After her wedding, she decided to sell her wedding pictures to make more money for St. Jude's, American Cancer Society, and the Gay Rights Movement. Hathaway is also a part of the Human Rights Foundation in support of her gay brother. She and her family actually walked away from the Catholic religion because they could not be a part of a religion that did not support her brother.

Hathaway is like the girl next door. During interviews she stumbles through her words as she is finding just the right way to explain something and often looses herself in fits of giggles. Hathaway often sings songs like Moon River, Get Happy, I Enjoy Being a Girl, and Proud Mary during photo shoots, in bars, on trains or wherever she just feels like singing.

Hathaway and her husband, fellow actor and jewelry designer Adam Shulman, were married on 29 September 2012, but have actually been together since 2008. Even with all the confidence of a newly married woman, she still struggles with her body; a source of shame for the 32 year old. She is working on getting over these issues because she knows that they are not healthy to have. In addition, she keeps out of the public eye because she does not want anything to hinder her acting abilities. Hathaway has many dreams and goals in life including finishing school, continuing charity work, and beginning a rock band, among many others; but for now she content to act just for acting's sake.

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Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables