Anne Hathaway was born on 12th November 1982 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Her father, Gerald, was a lawyer while mother, Kate McCauley, was an actress who inspired Hathaway to follow the same creative path. Hathaway's natural talents proved to be far more evolved than the average high school theater star, resulting in the teenager being accepted into the prestigious Barrow Group Theater Company in New York City.
She was offered a role in the short-lived television drama "Get Real" (Fox, 1999-2000). After a stint in Hollywood, Hathaway returned to graduate from Millburn High School and studied at the academically competitive Vassar College before transferring to New York University. In New York City, she was able to maintain a presence in the acting world while also maintaining a down-to-earth life with students her age.
The slip convinced Marshall that Hathaway was perfect for the role of the awkward American teenager who discovers she is a princess after the death of her absent father, and is groomed for the throne by her regal grandmother (Julie Andrews). Marshall - who had directed "Pretty Woman" (1990) - also saw more than a fleeting glimpse of a Julia Roberts-like look and feel to Hathaway's performance.
Her followed up with a role as beguiling artist Madeline Bray in the Dickens adaptation "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002), which was one of the year's critical picks and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture. That year, she also made her Broadway debut as the lead in a revival of "Carnival!" and impressed critics with her well-rounded song and dance talents.
She earned widespread critical praise for "Love and Other Drugs" (2010), in which she played the alluring and free-spirited Maggie, who develops a powerfully intoxicating romance with a charming pharmaceutical rep (Jake Gyllenhaal). Her acclaimed performance once again brought forth Oscar talk that first led to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, while only weeks prior, she was announced as co-host along with James Franco of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.