Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:57:25 GMT | By Sean Plummer
The Best of Anne Hathaway

'The Princess Diaries' (2001)

The Princess Diaries (2001) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Anne Hathaway (© Jim Spellman, WireImage)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Ella Enchanted (2004) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006) (© c.20thC.Fox/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Becoming Jane (2007) (© c.Miramax/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Rachel Getting Married (2008) (© c.Sony Pics/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Get Smart (2008) (© c.Warner Br/Everett/Rex Features)
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Newcomer Anne Hathaway showed her flare for physical comedy in her debut film. Based on Meg Cabot's series of kid lit novels, 'The Princess Diaries' casts Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis, an awkward, plain and unpopular teen who discovers that her grandmother (Julie Andrews) is actually the queen of the small European nation of Genovia, meaning that she is, in fact, a princess. Much ugly-duckling-to-beautiful-swan transformation ensues, and Hathaway's unthreatening beauty made her a heroine amongst the books' fans. The contractually-mandated sequel, 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement', was met with considerably less enthusiasm.