Jane Austen’s face is on a new £10 note released by the Bank of England in 2017… Jane Austen’s stories have long been favorites in Hollywood. The many screen adaptations include Pride and Prejudice (both a 1995 BBC TV production with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, and a 2005 feature film with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet); Emma (1996, with Gwyneth Paltrow); and Sense and Sensibility (1995, with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet). The 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie Clueless is a whimsical takeoff on Emma… Jane Austen herself was played by Anne Hathaway in the 2007 film Becoming Jane… The exact cause of Jane Austen’s early death has never been clear. In the last year of her life she suffered from fatigue, back pain, nausea and fevers as she gradually faded away. Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s disease and tuberculosis have all been suggested as possible causes by modern-day scholars.
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