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01/13/2013 09:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Anne Hathaway's Mom: Actress Thanks Kate Hathaway

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22:  Thomas Hathaway, Michael Hathaway, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hathaway and Gerald Hathaway attend the 18th A
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: Thomas Hathaway, Michael Hathaway, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hathaway and Gerald Hathaway attend the 18th Annual Empire State Pride Agenda Fall Dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on October 22, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Anne Hathaway won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for playing Fantine in "Les Miserables" — and in her acceptance speech she thanked her mom, Kate, for giving her an early example.

"I want to thank my mother, who I saw perform this role when I was eight," she said.

Kate McCauley Hathaway is an actress who played Fantine in the first U.S. traveling tour of "Les Miserables" and helped her daughter prepare for her big-screen role.

"We just talked about the character," Anne told the Hollywood Reporter. "She told me a lot about her experience playing Fantine, which gave me even more confidence that it was in my blood, in my DNA, it was a family legacy. I think it allowed me to connect on a deeper level to the character, knowing how much it meant to her."

The preparation paid off. Kate told the Los Angeles Times, "I know I'm her mother, but I think she's the perfect Fantine. I don't feel like I dove into Fantine as far as she did. Annie actually opened my eyes to the character because of all the research she did."

Here's a photo of the Hathaway family in 2009. From left to right: Anne's brothers Thomas and Michael, Anne, Kate and Anne's dad Gerald.

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