The Daily Mashup: Anne Frank to Anne Hathaway
Anne Frank is one of the most inspirational people the world has ever known. Her diary documenting her time in hiding as a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust is one of the most widely read books, published in more than 60 languages. It has become a required read in many school curriculums and a tool for teaching the world what hope really looks like. Anne Hathaway is an American actor, singer, and producer who is adored by millions of fans and respected in the Hollywood community as one of their finest actresses. She has won both Academy and Golden Globe awards for her performances.
Here are a few similarities:
Anne Frank was born as a German citizen in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1941, because of antisemitism and the beginning of the Holocaust, she lost her German citizenship. Turns out both Anne Frank and Anne Hathaway have German roots. Hathaway has mostly Irish and French ancestry, but her and her family also have distant German lineage.
Anne Frank and Anne Hathaway both have connections to Judaism. Frank was raised as a liberal Jew, and did not observe all of the customs and traditions of Judaism. Before going into hiding, Frank and her family lived in an assimilated community of Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Even though her family moved out of Germany to the Netherlands, the Germans invaded the Netherlands and began segregating as well as persecuting Jews. Anne Hathaway was raised strictly Catholic and even heavily considered becoming a nun at age 11. However, at age 15, her brother came out to her family as gay and she separated herself from Catholicism, unable to support a religion that didn’t support her brother. Hathaway’s connection to Judaism comes from her marriage to a Jewish man, Adam Shulman. The couple was married in 2012 with an interfaith Roman Catholic and Jewish service.
From a young age, both Frank and Hathaway had dreams of being an actress. Frank wrote in her diary about how she longed to be an actress because she loved watching movies. She even glued movie star photographs to her wall, which can be seen at the Anne Frank House. Sadly, Jewish people were forbidden to attend the movie theaters starting in 1941. Hathaway’s mother, Kate, is an actress and inspired her daughter to become one as well. Kate has played Fantine in the first U.S. tour of Le Misérables in addition to other roles. Hathaway, unlike Frank, was able to follow out her dreams and is now one of the most famous and beloved actresses in Hollywood.
A charming common thread between these famous girls is Shakespeare. Frank loved quoting Shakespeare and found his work powerful in themes of love, happiness, and justice. Hathaway’s parents decided to name their daughter after Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. She also appeared as Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s summer 2009 Twelfth Night production.
Anne Frank excelled early on in reading and writing as a student. She wrote very frequently in her diary and became a well known writer after her diary was published. She’s hailed as a remarkable writer for her young age, wisely commenting on WWII, the Holocaust, and human experience. It looks like Frank isn’t the only one interested in reading and writing. Hathaway also loves to read great literature and though she isn’t a writer, she appreciates good writing. Her favorite book is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Hathaway has even said that if her acting career hadn’t worked out, she wanted to be an English teacher.
Both Annes support women’s rights. Anne Frank has many famous quotes about her belief that everyone has some goodness within them and about the importance of having hope. Another lesser-known theme in Frank’s diary is one that supports women’s rights and equality. One of these quotes is, “Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?…. Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together!” Seems like Anne Frank was a feminist! Anne Hathaway is one too. She’s a women’s rights honoree of both Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” tribute and The Step Up Women’s Network, which is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting, connecting, and advancing women and girls.
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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce
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