Anne Hathaway Seeks Royal Status

Amy Kaufman profiles the rising star in Anne Hathaway including how she prepared for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables and how she out grew Princess Diaries

When she was 16, Anne Hathaway decided she was a failure.

Tara Lipinski, the figure skater only five months her senior, had recently won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics. And Hathaway was being rejected by nearly every casting director she auditioned for.

“She started crying and told her father and I that she couldn’t even land a Clearasil commercial while Tara had a gold medal,” Hathaway’s mother, Kate, recalled. She and Anne’s father tried to ease their daughter’s anxiety but quietly took pride in her resolve.

“What I admire the most about Anne is that she keeps challenging herself,” said Kate, a former stage actress. “She’s always been that way. She just can’t settle.”

Though most teenagers never live up to the success of their idols, today Hathaway’s accomplishments rival those of her ice skating hero. A dozen years on, her determination has seen her through personal and professional tribulations — and now, at age 30, she is enjoying pivotal moments in both her career and her private life.

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