Anne Hathaway is one of Hollywood's top actresses, a movie star who is equally adept at both comedy and drama. The two-time Oscar nominee briefly attended Vassar College, but left the Poughkeepsie school to focus on her acting career. That decision turned out to be a wise one for the A-lister, whose films have grossed close to $2 billion worldwide.
In chronological order, here are Anne Hathaway's 10 most memorable movie roles, with bonus facts about other Hudson Valley connections to these films.
The Princess Diaries (2001): Hathaway played a gawky teen who learns that she's a princess in this Disney fairy tale, which served as the actress' breakthrough role. The film grossed more than $165 million worldwide and spawned a successful 2004 sequel. Bonus fact: The actress took off the first semester of her freshman year at Vassar to film "Diaries." She eventually transferred to New York University to focus on her acting career.
Brokeback Mountain (2005): After a string of family-friendly movies, the actress moved into more adult territory in this Oscar-winning film, playing the wife of closeted cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). Bonus fact: Former Larchmont resident Ang Lee won the best director Oscar for his work on "Brokeback"; Bedford native Kate Mara and Armonk native David Harbour also had small roles in the film.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006): Hathaway co-starred with Meryl Streep (who, like Hathaway, also attended Vassar) in this comedy blockbuster that pitted Hathaway’s plucky writer against Streep’s powerful editrix. The film earned more than $325 million worldwide, cementing Hathaway’s status as a box office star. Bonus fact: "Prada" also starred Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci, the latter a Peekskill native and northern Westchester resident. In 2012, Tucci married Blunt's sister Felicity.
Becoming Jane (2007): Hathaway headlined her first dramatic feature in "Jane," portraying iconic British novelist Jane Austen. While the movie failed at the box office, Hathaway earned critical praise for the role.
Get Smart (2008): The actress teamed up with Steve Carell for this hit spy comedy based on the popular '60s TV series, with Carell as the bumbling Max Smart and Hathaway as sultry Agent 99. Bonus fact: Palisades resident Bill Murray has a cameo in the film as Agent 13.
Rachel Getting Married (2008): Hathaway earned her first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of Kym, a troubled young woman who checks out of rehab to attend her sister’s wedding. Bonus fact: "Rachel" was directed by Nyack resident Jonathan Demme; the film features Irvington resident Debra Winger as Kym's mother and Rockland’s Sebastian Stan as a party guest.
Bride Wars (2009): The actress returned to mainstream comedy in this critically derided movie co-starring Kate Hudson about best friends competing to schedule their weddings on the same day. Despite being universally panned, the film grossed more than $114 million at the box office, proving Hathaway's box office appeal.
Love and Other Drugs (2010): Hathaway re-teamed with "Brokeback" co-star Jake Gyllenhaal for this romantic dramedy about a ladies' man who falls in love with a woman with Parkinson's disease. The film earned buzz for its steamy sex scenes (Hathaway and Gyllenhaal bared a lot of skin). It also earned the actress her second Golden Globe nomination.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012): Hathaway scored the coveted part of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. The actress received critical raves for the role, including from President Obama, who called her the "best thing" in the movie. Bonus fact: According to IMDB.com, Hathaway beat out Bedford native Kata Mara to play Catwoman.
Les Miserables (2012): The star famously cut off her hair on-camera and lost 25 pounds to play frail Fantine, a role that garnered Hathaway her first Oscar, as well as awards at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTAs. Bonus fact: Her "Les Mis" co-star Aaron Tveit is a Middletown native.