American actress Anne Hathaway

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EARLY LIFE

Anne Hathaway

Born Anne Jacqueline Hathaway on 12th November, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York, Anne is the second of three children to actress Kate McCauley and lawyer Gerald Hathaway. Though she was born in Brooklyn, Anne spent much of her childhood in Milburn, New Jersey after her parents moved there when she was only 6 years old. Raised as a Catholic, she initially wished to pursue life as nun, though her mother’s career meant that she also developed an interest in acting; appearing in numerous school plays whilst studying at Milburn High School. Her high school performances were well reviewed, with a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award being a solid indicator of her future success. Anne abandoned her pursuit of becoming a nun at the age of 15 after her brother came out as a homosexual and instead set her sights on an acting career; earning a place at the Barrow Group Theatre Company.

TELEVISION DEBUT

With her Barrow membership and an acclaimed performance as a soprano with the All Eastern US High School Honors Chorus, Anne’s television acting debut was not to be far behind and she won her first role in the Fox drama series Get Real in 1999. The series was ultimately short-lived, airing only 13 episodes, and Anne returned to New York to graduate high school and further her education by enrolling at New York University to study English. Her next acting break would prove to be far more successful however, landing the lead role in Disney’s The Princess Diaries in 2001.

HOLLYWOOD STARLET

The Princess Diaries proved to be a huge success, making Anne a star in the process and a firm favorite with family audiences. Roles in Nicholas Nickelby (2002), Ella Enchanted (2004), The Princess Diaries 2 (2004), and animated fairytale Hoodwinked (2005) further boosted her status as one of Hollywood’s most popular young actresses. However, Anne strived for more dramatically challenging roles and sought to shake her family-friendly image by playing against type in more adult-oriented fare.

DRAMATIC BREAKTHROUGH

Her first adult performance came with the misfiring, straight-to-dvd drug drama Havoc in 2005, but her breakthrough role came later that year when she was cast in Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed drama Brokeback Mountain starring opposite Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as the latter’s estranged wife. The film firmly planted Anne on Hollywood’s A-list and the actress soon found herself headlining high profile studio productions including The Devil Wears Prada (2006) starring opposite Meryl Streep, big-screen television revival Get Smart (2008), and Jonathan Demme’s well-received drama Rachel Getting Married (2008), for which she earned Best Actress nominations at the 2009 Oscar and Golden Globe awards. She has since appeared in a wide range of different films including the comedies Bride Wars (2009) and Valentine’s Day (2010), fantasy epic Alice in Wonderland (2010), and romantic drama Love and Other Drugs (2011), which earned the actress her second Golden Globe nomination. She can currently be heard in the children’s animation Rio (2011), and will next be seen in the romantic drama One Day (2011), and Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal in Love and Other Drugs

OTHER WORK

Anne has appeared in numerous stage productions including a production of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theatre in New York, and co-hosted the 83rd Annual Academy Awards with actor James Franco. She has also used her celebrity status to support numerous charities including the Step Up Women’s Network, and The Human Rights Campaign.

PERSONAL LIFE

Anne has largely tried to keep her private life out of the limelight, however her relationship with Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri hit the headlines in 2008 when Follieri’s charity organization was investigated by the IRS. Anne ended the relationship shortly afterwards and Follieri himself was eventually arrested for fraud. Anne has also revealed that she suffered from depression as a teenager. She is currently in a relationship with actor Adam Shulman, and is represented by Creative Artists Agency.

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American actress Kirsten Dunst

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EARLY LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Born Kirsten Caroline Dunst in Point Pleasant, New Jersey on 30th April, 1982, Kirsten is the eldest of two children to artist Inez and medical executive Klaus Dunst. She spent her early childhood in New Jersey, and appeared in television commercials as a child model at the tender age of 3, going on to secure a modeling contract with the Ford agency. An acting career wasn’t far behind with Kirsten making her acting debut at the age of 6, with uncredited appearances in Saturday Night Live and New York Stories in 1989, before earning her first credited performance with a small role in Bonfire of the Vanities in 1990. After her parents separated, Kirsten and her younger brother Christian moved to Los Angeles with their mother in 1991. Kirsten studied at Notre Dame high school and quickly secured a reputation as a talented child actress.

CHILD ACTRESS

After an appearance in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993, Kirsten found her breakthrough role a year later as Claudia, a decades old vampire trapped in the body of a child, in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire (1994). Starring opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, Interview made Kirsten an instant star with the young actress earning plaudits for her mature performance including numerous critics’ choice awards and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She capitalized on her early acclaim with appearances in Little Women (1994) and Joe Johnston’s family blockbuster Jumanji (1995), before landing further television roles including a brief stint on hospital drama ER (1996-1997).

TEENAGE ICON

Kirsten’s career went from strength to strength in her teenage years with the rising star showing no signs of slowing down as she exercised her vocal talents for Fox’s animated take on Anastasia (1997), acted opposite screen icons Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog (1997), and battled out of control toys in Joe Dante’s Small Soldiers (1998). Kirsten would later see a repeat of her early critical acclaim when she was cast in Sofia Coppolla’s acclaimed ensemble The Virgin Suicides in 1999. The next 3 years saw the actress feature prominently in the burgeoning teenage comedy genre with appearances in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Bring It On (2000), and Get Over It (2001) making her a teen icon, yet her star-making turn was just around the corner when she won the role of Peter Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson, in Sam Raimi’s highly anticipated Spider-Man in (2002).

SPIDER-MAN AND BEYOND

Spider-Man’s worldwide success propelled Kirsten to the top of Hollywood’s A-list, with the actress securing leading parts in big budget studio pictures. Between shooting the increasingly successful Spider-Man sequels in 2004 and 2007 respectively, Kirsten made high-profile supporting appearances in the likes of Mona Lisa Smile (2003) with Julia Roberts, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, and headlined rom-com Wimbledon (2004), before reuniting with Sofia Coppola for independent biopic Marie Antoinette in 2006. She has since appeared in the Simon Pegg comedy, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008), and will next be seen in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia (2011).

Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man

OTHER WORK

Aside from her acting career, Kirsten has had some success as a singer; recording songs to accompany the release of Get Over It, The Cat’s Meow (2001), and Spider-Man 3. She has also performed guest vocals on actor Jason Schwartzman’s debut solo album Nighttiming. Kirsten is also actively involved in charity work having helped raise funds for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Stand Up to Cancer program.

PERSONAL LIFE

Shortly after the release of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Kirsten took a break from the limelight to seek treatment for depression at the Cirque Lodge in Utah. She has had a number of high profile relationships having previously been linked to actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Foster, and Andy Samberg, and Razorlight rocker Johnny Borrell. She is currently represented by the William Morris Agency.

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American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal

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EARLY LIFE

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Born Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal in New York City, New York, on 16th November, 1977, Maggie is the eldest child of screenwriter Naomi Foner and director Stephen Gyllenhaal, and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. With her parents striving to further their careers, Maggie moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was 2 years old. Like Jake, Maggie was surrounded by her parents’ contempories as a child and developed an early interest in acting, making her film debut at the age of 15 in her father’s film Waterland in 1992. She studied at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, graduating in 1995, before enrolling at Columbia University to study literature. Whilst at Columbia, Maggie would make more infrequent film appearances including TV movie The Patron Saint of Liars (1998), and her father’s comedy Homegrown (1998). She graduated in 1999 and went on to study acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London before seeking out professional acting roles in independent productions.

INDEPENDENT ACTRESS

Maggie soon landed her first professional acting job with small roles in The Photographer and John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented in 2000. Around the same time she made her stage debut in a production of Closer at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, before appearing opposite her brother Jake in his breakthrough performance in Donnie Darko (2001). Maggie’s breakthrough would soon follow with the actress earning rave reviews for her lead performance in Steven Shainberg’s black comedy Secretary (2002), starring as a recently appointed secretary embarking on a sado-masochistic affair with her boss. She was nominated for numerous awards for her performance including a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award, and became a fixture on the independent film circuit. Maggie’s star continued to rise as she balanced supporting roles in mainstream productions with more critically acclaimed performances in independent dramas with Maggie appearing in the likes of 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Adaptation (2002) with Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and Mona Lisa Smile (2003) with Julia Roberts.

SHERRYBABY AND BEYOND

Her next highly acclaimed performance didn’t come until 2006 when she starred in Sherrybaby as an ex-con desperately trying to reconnect with her young daughter after a lengthy jail term. Maggie once again earned rave reviews and a second Golden Globe nomination, and firmly established herself as a Hollywood A-lister. She followed Sherrybaby’s critical acclaim with numerous high-profile studio productions that retained a more independent spirit; including Oliver Stone’s 9/11 drama World Trade Center (2006), and the Will Ferrell dramedy Stranger Than Fiction (2006). Her most high profile role came 2 years later when she replaced Katie Holmes in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman sequel, The Dark Knight (2008) which went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide. She has since appeared in Sam Mendes’ road movie Away We Go (2009), and country music drama Crazy Heart (2009) for which she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader in Secretary

ACTIVISM

Maggie has often been outspoken regarding her political stance and has publicly denounced America’s invasion of Iraq. She featured in the Artists United to Win Without War campaign and has made public appearances for the American Civil Liberties Union. She also filmed a commercial for the Rock the Vote campaign and supported John Kerry and Barack Obama in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections respectively.

PERSONAL LIFE

Aside from acting, Maggie has also had some success as a model featuring in ad campaigns for the likes of Reebok and Agent Provocateur. Maggie is currently married to actor Peter Sarsgaard, whom she has dated since 2002 and wed in a private ceremony in Italy in 2009. The couple acted alongside each other on stage in a Broadway production of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya in 2009, and have a daughter, Ramona, born in 2006. She is currently represented by Creative Artists Agency.

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American actress Demi Moore

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Demi Moore

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Born Demetria Gene Guynes on 11th November, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico, Demi is the only child of Charles Harmon and Virginia King. Her parents divorced before she was born and Demi was raised by her mother and stepfather Danny Guynes. She has two younger step brothers, James Craig Harmon, and Morgan Guynes. Demi’s childhood was not a happy one; her parents suffered from alcoholism and frequently argued while her stepfather’s career as an ad salesman meant the family often moved, eventually settling in Los Angeles. She was also cross-eyed as a child, which was corrected after two operations. She studied at Fairfax High School until 1979 when she dropped out to begin modeling at the age of 16. 1980 would see two major events impact upon Demi’s early life with her stepfather’s suicide, and her marriage to musician Freddy Moore; whose surname she has retained despite their relatively short marriage.

ACTING DEBUT AND FILM BREAKTHROUGH

Demi made her film debut in 1981 in the sports drama Choices, and made further appearances in more low budget fare until she landed a recurring role on General Hospital in 1982. Demi continued to make appearances on the small screen, but her first taste of acting success wouldn’t come until 1984 when she was cast in Blame It On Rio starring opposite Michael Caine. She soon caught the attention of Hollywood’s top producers and thanks to roles in high-profile teen dramas St Elmo’s Fire (1985) and About Last Night (1986), Demi was often associated as a member of the Brat-pack; a group of the 1980s most popular actors. However, Demi’s career would soon overshadow that of her peers as the 1990s saw her become one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, with her performance in box office smash Ghost earning her a Golden Globe nomination and catapulting her to stardom.

GHOST AND BEYOND

Her star continued to rise throughout the 1990s with performances in A Few Good Men (1992) with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, Indecent Proposal (1993) with Robert Redford and Disclosure (1994) with Michael Douglas sealing her reputation as a box office star. She would continue to appear in high-profile productions throughout much of the 1990s, including Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and earned her second Golden Globe nomination in 1996 with a performance in the television drama If These Walls Could Talk, which she also produced. However, her career hit a turning point that same year with the release of the erotic thriller Striptease. She earned her highest ever salary for the film; $12.5 million, becoming Hollywood’s highest paid actress in the process, but the film flopped at the box office with Ridley Scott’s Navy SEAL drama G.I. Jane (1997) meeting the same fate. Demi took a break from the spotlight shortly afterwards, eventually making her big screen comeback in 2003 as the villain in the blockbuster sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She has since strived to reinvent herself as a character actor, making acclaimed appearances in Emilio Estevez’s ensemble drama Bobby (2006), and crime thriller Mr Brooks (2007). She recently starred in the romantic comedy The Joneses (2010), and will soon be seen in the forthcoming thriller Margin Call (2011).

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

Demi Moore with husband Ashton Kutcher

PRODUCING WORK AND CONTROVERSY

Demi has had moderate success as a producer; producing some of her own features, most notably Mike Myers’ Austin Powers series. Her private life has often overshadowed her screen career, with her nude Vanity Fair cover shoot in 1991 causing public controversy, thanks to her being 7 months pregnant at the time, and her shaving of her head for G.I Jane met a similar reaction. She has also been the subject of intense speculation regarding her looks with rumours of plastic surgery resurfacing with each film release.

PERSONAL LIFE

Demi has had several high profile relationships; she was engaged to actor Emilio Estevez whom she dated from 1984-1987, and was previously married to Freddy Moore (1980), and fellow actor Bruce Willis (1987-2000). She and Bruce Willis have three daughters; Rumer Glenn (born 1988), Scout LaRue (born 1991) and Talulah Belle (1994). Demi is also a founding member of restaurant chain Planet Hollywood alongside Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. She is currently married to actor Ashton Kutcher (2005-present) whom she has dated since 2003, and is a practitioner of the Kabbalah faith. She is represented by Creative Artists Agency.

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American actor Jake Gyllenhaal

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Born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal in Los Angeles, California, on 19th December, 1980, Jake is the youngest of two children to screenwriter Naomi Foner and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. His parents’ respective careers ensured Jake and his sister Maggie were frequently surrounded by filmmakers and both children developed an early interest in acting. Jake made his film debut at the age of 11; appearing opposite Billy Crystal in City Slickers in 1991. Jake made infrequent film appearances throughout his early teens, with roles in the family productions A Dangerous Woman, which was written by his mother and directed by his father, and the children’s film Josh and S.A.M. in 1993. His parents were keen that he experience a normal childhood however and encouraged him to take up working-class summer jobs and concentrate on his education. Jake attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, graduating in 1998, and enrolled at Columbia University to study Eastern religions before dropping out two years later after some early acting success.

FIRST SUCCESS AND INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH

Jake’s first film appearance after graduating from high school was in the independent comedy Homegrown in 1998 but his first taste of critical success came a year later with a starring role in Joe Johnston’s October Sky, a drama based on the true story of NASA engineer Homer Hickham Jr. His breakthrough was soon to follow when he was cast in Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko in 2001. The film was a cult smash; earning rave reviews and a host of nominations including an Independent Spirit Award award for Best Male Lead. The film made Jake a cult star and he followed it with more-acclaimed performances in high-profile independent features including The Good Girl (2002) with Jennifer Aniston, and Moonlight Mile with Dustin Hoffman (2002). Shortly afterwards Jake made his stage debut appearing in a West End production of This Is Our Youth in the same year. Jake’s acting talent would soon see him headlining big budget blockbusters, with the actor making the leap from independent favorite to box office star two years later with a role in Roland Emmerich’s disaster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004).

BOX OFFICE STAR

That film proved to be a worldwide hit, grossing over $500 million dollars, and Jake soon found himself one of Hollywood’s most sought after young actors; quickly exchanging independent dramas for big budget studio productions. A year later he would seal his A-list status with a highly acclaimed performance in Ang Lee’s romantic drama Brokeback Mountain (2005). Starring opposite Heath Ledger as a homosexual cowboy, Jake was praised for his depiction of a man struggling to come to terms with his sexual orientation, earning an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA award for his performance. More acclaimed turns would follow with Jake appearing in films by such celebrated auteurs as Sam Mendes and David Fincher, in Jarhead (2005) and Zodiac (2007) respectively. Jake has continued to balance challenging dramatic roles with more mass market blockbuster fare having recently starred in Brothers (2009), action blockbuster Prince of Persia (2010), and the romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs (2011) for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He can currently be seen headlining sci-fi thriller Source Code (2011).

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain

POLITICAL ACTIVISM

A democrat, Jake campaigned for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, and counts former president Bill Clinton as a friend of his parents. His political views have also affected his film choices with the actor appearing in war drama Rendition in 2007, which publicly criticized the American military’s terrorist interrogation methods. He frequently campaigns to raise awareness for environmental issues such as climate change and the Future Forests program.

PERSONAL LIFE

A close friend of Brokeback Mountain co-stars Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, Jake is godfather to their daughter, Mathilda. He briefly shunned the limelight after Heath’s tragic death and was said to have been devastated by the loss of his friend. Jake has had several high-profile relationships having dated actresses Reese Witherspoon and Kirsten Dunst for over 2 years, and has more recently been romantically linked to Natalie Portman and Taylor Swift. He is currently represented by Creative Artists Agency.

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