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Tall, dark-haired, with an on-screen persona mixing naivete with determination, Hathaway is an eclectic actor with a nonetheless wholesome reputation that has proven difficult to shake. She is best known for her breakout role in 2001's The Princess Diaries, as an awkward teen who suddenly discovers she is royalty, and later in Ella Enchanted.

After a string of wildly successful (family-friendly) film credits, Hathaway made a conscious decision to shift toward darker roles. Her starring role in Rachel Getting Married is best emblematic of that phase, though those of the male persuasion would probably cite her...(ahem) 'raw' performance in Havoc, for which she earned critical acclaim. However, it was 2005's Brokeback Mountain which officially put Hathaway on the map, and buried her squeaky-clean resumé for good. That following year, she got to act alongside her idol, Meryl Streep, in The Devil Wears Prada.

Despite her relative youth, Hathaway has been very busy indeed. At the start of 2011, it was announced that she's been cast as Selina Kyle -- better known as Catwoman -- in Christopher Nolan's upcoming third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

Not to be confused with the wife of William Shakespeare.

Notable roles:


She is associated with the following tropes:


  1. (she's been on both Family Guy and The Simpsons twice)
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