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Anne Hathaway to Play Judy Garland

24 March 2009 6:12 PM, PDT | | See recent newsinfilm news »

Anne Hathaway has agreed to play Judy Garland on the stage and screen; two productions both being produced by the Weinstein Company.  No writer or director is attached yet.

The 26-year-old Oscar-nominee will play the iconic performer based on the biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.  The novel, written by Gerald Clarke, includes hundreds of interviews and Garland’s own writing from an unpublished autobiography.  The productions will chronicle the early years as a child actress to her battle with addiction to her accidental drug overdose in 1969.

Clarke’s previous novel Capote was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 2005.

According to the trades, the Weinstein Company isn’t sure which will come first, the play or the movie.  Hathaway will likely be singing in it (since after all it is Judy Garland) and showed she could belt out the notes at this year’s Oscar telecast alongside Hugh Jackman. »

- Jeff Leins

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