By Katherine Butler on December 12, 2011
Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! December 16 is celebrated author Jane Austenâs 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 Hollywoodâs bestâboth 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!