Anne Hathaway in Universal Pictures' 'Les Miserables'
Born For It
1. Anne Hathaway is receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Fantine, the single mother whose tragic arc is sure to wet many eyes this holiday season. She’s already earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and is being widely hailed as the early Oscar frontrunner. It would seem that Hathaway was born to play the part -- which in a way, she was. When Hathaway was seven, her mother, Kathleen Ann McCauley, was cast in the touring production of “Les Mis” as an ensemble member, a factory girl, and as the understudy for Fantine. The second time Hathaway ever saw the musical, she got to see her mother play Fantine. “I think that was the show that made me really want to be an actress and really have a concept of getting up and performing and telling a story through performance and I've just loved singing ever since then,” Hathaway told Fox News.