Hathaway to Play Garland ... Brilliant!

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(March 24) -- In a stroke of casting that seems so obvious we can't believe we hadn't thought of it already, Anne Hathaway has signed on to play 'The Wizard of Oz' starlet Judy Garland in both screen and stage adaptations of the biography 'Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.'
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    ** FILE ** In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awards gala in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

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    Anne Hathaway arrives at the 2008 National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani on January 14, 2009 in New York City.

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    Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala at Cipriani

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    BERLIN - JANUARY 16: Actress Anne Hathaway attends the photocall for "Bride Wars" on January 16, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anne Hathaway

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    BERLIN - JANUARY 16: Actresses Kate Hudson (L) and Anne Hathaway attend the photocall for "Bride Wars" on January 16, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kate Hudson;Anne Hathaway

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    Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala at Cipriani

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    Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala at Cipriani

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    Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala at Cipriani

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    Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani on January 14, 2009 in New York City.

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    Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 2008 National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani on January 14, 2009 in New York City.

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After scoring her first Oscar nomination in 2008 with a stunning performance in 'Rachel Getting Married,' Hathaway also wowed the Academy Awards crowd when she showed off her song-and-dance chops alongside host Hugh Jackman.
Garland is perhaps best known for starring in 1939's "TheWizard of Oz" and singing its Oscar-winning ballad "Over theRainbow." Other career highlights included an Oscar-nominated turnin the 1954 musical remake of "A Star is Born." She died in 1969at age 47.
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