Actress, and legitimate five-tool threat Anne Hathaway is celebrating a big milestone birthday today. The "Les Miserables" star will be lighting up thirty candles for her birthday later tonight. Hathaway's career trajectory has been a steady shot upward, from her breakthrough into the mainstream in Disney films to her Oscar-nominated turn in the gritty drama "Rachel Getting Married," she's shown herself to be versatile not only when it comes to the kinds of roles she plays, but when it comes to how much singing and dancing is involved for the role.
In honor of Ms. Hathaway's big thirtieth birthday, we decided to take a look back on the first decade or so of her career at some of her most memorable roles.
Mia in "The Princess Diaries" (2001) - At just 19 years old, Anne burst onto the scene as the star of this updated "Cinderella" story about a girl who is shocked to find out she's actually royalty. Though the film wasn't exactly Oscar-caliber, it did also star Hollywood royalty Julie Andrews, and the two had good chemistry on film together, proving early on Hathaway could hold her own on screen with anyone.
Lureen Newsome in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) - Ang Lee's powerful story of two cowboys and the love affair that they had to keep secret from the whole world won three Oscars. Anne wasn't nominated, but her performance as Lureen, a woman in a complicated relationship with Jack, played brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal, got her more notice as a dramatic actress and catapulted her career even further into the stratosphere.
Kym in "Rachel Getting Married" (2008) - In her only Oscar-nominated performance so far, Anne played the lead role in a gritty drama about a struggling addict returning home for her sister's wedding. The film was not a huge blockbuster success, but it did garner some great reviews for Anne's performance, though that year's Best Actress Academy Award went that year to Kate Winslet for her role in "The Reader."
Selina/Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012) - Anne was cast in one of the most anticipated films for one of the most highly-speculated roles in Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy. Hathway was cast as the mysterious Selina, who has a dark secret of her own, namely that she also happens to be the half-hero, half-villain Catwoman. For the part, Anne got into terrific shape for all the stunt work she'd need to do, and it paid off, as she seemed a natural in the high-energy action sequences.
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