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People in Film | Anne Hathaway

Posted May 04, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Anne Hathaway"

From teen princess to Emma Morley, Anne Hathaway is a talent that commands our attention.

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Anne Hathaway | A "Princess" is Crowned

The story goes that Garry Marshall decided to cast the unknown Anne Hathaway as the star of The Princess Diaries when she fell off her chair during the audition. While Hathaway later upended the veracity of that anecdote, the tale’s image of beauty and klutziness sums up perfectly the personality that made The Princess Diaries a worldwide sensation––and putting Hathaway at the top of every casting director’s list. Indeed it was Hathaway’s talent for transformation that caught critics’ attention. Hathaway is, as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle explains, “a chameleon, who, from the most unpromising of beginnings, blossoms before our eyes into near-Audrey Hepburn-level loveliness.” Despite this talent, it was her family-friendly princess quality that filmmakers kept coming back to her in films like Nicholas Nickleby, Ella Enchanted, Hoodwinked!, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. By the time the Princess sequel rolled around, the then 22-year-old actress was ready to grow up. Director Garry Marshall later joked to W that at the junket Hathaway “was talking Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, and Disney was getting nervous, and I said, ‘Annie, why don’t you talk about your hair a little; we’ll talk Nietzsche later.’ But that’s why I love Annie! When you look in her eyes, somebody’s always home, which is rare.”