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Hathaway to Play Garland On Stage and Screen

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Mar 23, 2009 | 4:53pm EDT

Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway is to double up as Judy Garland in an ambitious new theatre and film project, which will bring the beloved Wizard of Oz star's life story to the stage and the big screen.

The Rachel Getting Married star showed off her song-and-dance skills when she performed with Hugh Jackman at the Oscars in February and now she'll be able to tackle Garland's hits as part of the Weinstein Company's planned adaptations of biographer Gerald Clarke's 2001 book Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.

Clarke waded through hundreds of interviews with the singer/actress and used her own unfinished and unpublished autobiography to chronicle the highs and lows of the cultural icon’s life.

In making the announcement about the stage and screen projects, Weinstein boss Harvey Weinstein tells WENN, "We are thrilled to have the brilliantly talented Anne Hathaway portray stage and screen legend Judy Garland. I have worked with Anne on projects in the past and have known her for many years. She will be a true class act in this challenging role.

"Gerald Clarke’s biography is a fascinating and comprehensive look at Garland’s life and is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings. Her story is incredible subject matter for both theatre and film and we look forward to bringing it to audiences."

 

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