By Katherine Butler on December 12, 2011
Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! December 16 is celebrated author Jane Austenâ€™s 236th birthday. The famed English wordsmith, born in 1775, is known the world over for her tales of boy-meets-girl-meets-(properly-smoldering)-English-gentry. Two centuries later, her heroines have been brought to life by Hollywoodâ€™s bestâ€”both here and across the pond. So put on your best frock, sit up straight, and get ready to celebrate with a gallery of our 12 favorite Austen heroines from the screen, both big and small. Happy birthday, Miss Jane!