Anne Hathaway turns 40: her 12 best performances, from ‘The Princess Diaries’ to ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

From starring in blockbuster movies to playing a devastating drug addict to a cowgirl whose husband is hiding a secret love affair, Anne Hathaway has been a high-profile Hollywood princess for more than two decades.

To celebrate its fortieth anniversaryThe tenth On his birthday, Variety took a look back at the Oscar winner’s 12 best films to date.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Hathaway has achieved fame right from the start. After a brief stint on the set of the Fox family drama series “Get Real,” things took off for Hathaway in 2001 thanks to the dynamism she brought to her portrayal of Mia Thermopolis, heiress to the Genovia throne in Garry Marshall’s “The Princess Diaries.” Hathaway burst onto screen like a breath of fresh air, holding herself in front of legend Julie Andrews. “Princess Diaries” grossed over $160 million at the global box office and spawned a 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, also with Andrews and Marshall directed.

A star has already been born.

Since her royal debut, Hathaway has gone on to star in comedies such as Madeleine Bray in Charles Dickens’ adaptation of “Nicholas Nickelby” (2002) and played the titular character in the fantasy film “Ella Enchanted” (2004).

When she was cast as Lureen Newsome in Ang Lee’s cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), she showed that she has a cut that’s beyond cute rom-com. The industry knew that Hathaway would be a force that helped define its generation of actors.

It moved to another box office and critics smash, “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) opposite Meryl Streep. Two years later, she tuned in her comedy chops with no less than Steve Carell’s master of classy slapstick in “Get Smart” (2008).

In the same year, Hathaway also saw her profile rise among actors with her solid tour as a drug addict after just getting out of rehab coming home to attend her sister’s wedding in “Rachel Getting Married” (2008). Her work on Jonathan Demme’s incendiary drama proved that she was one of the most technically talented artists in the industry. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the film, paving the way for her fantastic Fantine musical four years later in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables (2012). Played opposite star Hugh Jackman, she made minimal use of her time and evoked an unforgettable “dream a dream” sensation in a one-off sensation that cemented her standing in Hollywood. Therefore, Hathaway received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Since then, she has been cast in a number of acclaimed features such as “Interstellar” (2014), “Ocean’s Eight” (2018) and most recently, the role of mother Esther Graff in James Gray’s childhood drama “Armageddon Time”, for which she has won praise.

“The Time of Armageddon”
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Next on Hathaway’s agenda are a slew of interesting projects including “Eileen” opposite Thomasin Mackenzie, “She Came to Me” along with Marisa Tomei and “An Idea for You” by Michael Showalter.

over here miscellaneous A selection of the 12 best films by Hathaway’s performance, along with clips from each film that highlight the essence of her talent.

little honor: “Interstellar” (2014); “The Apprentice” (2015); “The Witches” (2020); “Armageddon Time” (2022)


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