Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning, 23.2.1994)
Dakota Fanning is an American actress, best known for her roles in films such as Charlotte's Web and I Am Sam.
Childhood: Dakota Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Joy and Steve Fanning. Her mother was a tennis professional and her father was a minor league baseball player, then an electronics salesman. On her mother's side, her grandfather, Rick Arrington was an American footballer and her aunt, Jill Arrington, was a reporter on ESPN. Dakota's younger sister Elle Fanning is also an actress.
Fanning's family are members of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dakota studied at Campbell High School in North Hollywood, California. She is also on the cheerleading squad at her high school.
Acting Career: Dakota Fanning's acting career began when she was five years old, when she was cast in a Tide commercial. Her first serious acting job was in the NBC drama ER, playing a leukemia sufferer who was also in a car accident.
Following her role on ER, Dakota Fanning landed a number of guest roles on series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Spin City and The Practice. She was also selected to play the younger versions of the title characters of Ally McBeal and The Ellen Show.
Dakota Fanning's big break came in 2001, when she starred opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam. In the film, Sean Penn plays the role of a mentally impaired man who has to fight for custody of his daughter. Her performance in the film led to her being nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. At eight years of age, she became the youngest person ever to have been nominated for the award. The Broadcast Film Critics Association also awarded her the Best Young Actor/Actress award.
Dakota Fanning then landed the main child role in the Steven Spielberg-directed mini series Taken in 2002. Later that year, Dakota was cast as a kidnap victim in Trapped (starring Courtney Love, Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon). She was also cast alongside Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama and in Hansel and Gretel, with Jacob Smith and Taylor Momsen.
In 2003, Dakota Fanning played the child to Brittany Murphy's nanny in Uptown Girls. She also played Sally in The Cat in the Hat, the Dr. Seuss adaptation starring Mike Myers, Kelly Preston and Alec Baldwin.
Fanning provided voice-overs for a number of animated projects, including Kim Possible, My Neighbour Totoro and Family Guy.
2004 saw Dakota Fanning appearing in Man on Fire. She played the role of Pita, alongside Denzel Washington, who plays the role of a man hired to protect her from kidnappers. Fanning continued to work alongside highly revered actors, including Robert De Niro, with whom she worked on Hide and Seek. In Lilo & Stitch: Stitch Has A Glitch, Fanning provided the voice of Stitch. Following this, she provided the voice for the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.
When Dakota Fanning worked with Kurt Russell and Kris Kristofferson on Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, Kristofferson compared her to Bette Davis. She also featured in War of the Worlds, along with Tom Cruise. The director Steven Spielberg was equally complimentary.
In 2005, Dakota Fanning starred in Charlotte's Web, which was filmed in Australia.
The following year, Dakota Fanning starred in Hounddog. The film was shrouded in controversy, as Fanning appears in a scene in which her character is raped. The film's director, Deborah Kampmeier spoke out in her defence. At the age of 12, Dakota Fanning became the youngest person to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2007, Fanning starred alongside Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Guy Pearce and Kate Beckinsale in Fragments - Winged Creatures.
Dakota Fanning's career continues apace, with the 2008 release of the Secret Life of Bees (starring Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo). She has also been cast in New Moon, the new adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. Fanning is also cast to play Cherie Currie, the lead singer of The Runaways, in the film of the same name.
Elle Fanning has admitted that she is convinced there is life on other planets but is unsure if we will ever have proof of the existence of extraterrestrials.
Elle Fanning believes in aliens.
The 17-year-old actress admitted that she is convinced that there is life on other planets but is unsure if we will ever have proof of the existence of extraterrestrials.
She said: ''I think about them. I don't think we're the only thing in millions of galaxies. Maybe we'll never meet them, maybe we'll never know about them, but there has to be something, right? I think so.''
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Kit Harington has replaced Robert Pattinson in the role of an outlaw opposite Stuart Pearce and Dakota Fanning in the upcoming thriller 'Brimstone'.
Kit Harington has replaced Robert Pattinson in 'Brimstone'.
The 'Game of Thrones' star has taken over from the 'Twilight' actor - who was previously announced in the role at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year - and will appear in the thriller opposite Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.
The 28-year-old actor - who is best known for his portrayal of John Snow on the hit HBO series - will play an outlaw, while Fanning will star as a young heroine on the run and Pearce will play her pursuer in the tale of retribution.
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Dakota Fanning - A variety of stars were snapped as they attended the NYLON Magazine And BCB Generation Annual May Young Hollywood Issue Party which was held at the HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails in West Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 7th May 2015
The stars of 'Franny' - Theo James, Dakota Fanning and Richard Gere - were joined by the film's director Andrew Renzi and executive producer Michael Finley on the red carpet at the screening which took place at New York's Tribeca Film Festival 2015. Among other arrivals was Dylan McDermott from the TV series 'Stalker'.
Hollywood actress Dakota Fanning has revealed she often gets mistaken for one of the Olsen twins.
Dakota Fanning gets mistaken for one of the Olsen twins.
The 21-year-old actress - who starred alongside Tom Cruise in 'War Of The Worlds' - has revealed her neighbours in Manhattan, New York, confuse her for celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 28, because of their strikingly similar physical traits.
She shared: ''There's a man on my corner who thinks I'm an Olsen. He'll yell, 'Hey Olsen!' at me. It's really funny.''
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Dakota Fanning ''likes to be silly'' in private, but believes she hasn't gone off the rails like some of her Hollywood peers because she is very serious about her career.
Dakota Fanning ''likes to be silly'' in private.
The 21-year-old actress insists she isn't a good girl all of the time, but believes she hasn't gone off the rails like some of her Hollywood peers because she is very serious about her career.
The 'Franny' star said: ''It's not a negative thing to say, but it's also not 100 percent accurate. I might not be running around being insane, but I'm also a 21-year-old who likes to be silly. Just because I don't flaunt those parts of my life doesn't mean I don't do some of that privately.''
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Steven Spielberg fulfilled a promise he made Dakota Fanning 10 years ago and paid for her to go to Las Vegas for her 21st birthday.
The 68-year-old filmmaker fulfilled a promise he made to the actress - who reached the milestone age in February - when they worked on 2005 movie 'The War of the Worlds' and footed the bill for the vacation she took with her family last weekend.
A source said: ''Steven Spielberg had promised Dakota he'd pay for her trip to Vegas for her 21st birthday! It was something he promised when they filmed 'War of the Worlds'. Apparently they've kept in touch and he followed through with his promise.''
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The annual New York film festival is now in its 14th year.
The line up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was announced on Tuesday, with a diverse range of titles from features to documentaries taking part in the annual competition. This year, the best narrative feature category sees 12 films battling it out for the prestigious prize, while 12 documentaries from around the word will compete to be named best documentary feature.
Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning’s hotly tipped Franny will have its world premiere at the festival. Directed by Andrew Renzi the film follows Gere as a wealthy, ageing eccentric who finds a new lease on life by working his way into the life of his late friend’s daughter (Fanning) and her husband, played by Theo James.
Dakota Fanning thinks she will just ''stay home'' on her 21st birthday because she hasn't made any plans yet.
Dakota Fanning thinks she will just ''stay home'' on her 21st birthday.
The 'Twilight Saga' actress reaches the milestone age in February 2015 but hasn't made any plans to celebrate yet, and she admits she gets so tired of being asked about it, she is now expecting to just have a quiet night in.
Asked how she will celebrate turning 21, she said: ''I have no idea what to do. It's been such a talked-about thing for so long, like, what are you gonna do for your birthday, that I think by the time it rolls around I'm just going to stay home with five friends and call it a day.''
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'Effie Gray', despite being a film about a secret love story, takes a very repressed approach to sexuality.
Critics have been divided about the latest British period drama to hit cinemas. Effie Gray is based on a notorious true scandal from the mid-19th century, and most reviews have commented that the buttoned-up approach leaves the film feeling more than a little dull.
Dakota Fanning stars in 'Effie Gray'
Indeed, for a film about a torrid love triangle, the movie only barely hints that there's any sex going on beyond lots of aching glances. Director Richard Laxton was clearly channelling Victorian timidity about these things, but there are spicier hints laced through Emma Thompson's script and the layered performances of the strong cast, including Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Derek Jacobi and Thompson herself.
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Based on a notorious true story, this film takes a muted approach that matches the Victorian period and attitudes, which somewhat undermines the vivid emotions of the characters. It's a fascinating story about a woman caught in her society's harshly restrictive rules about women, and the script by Emma Thompson captures some strong observations, interaction and personal feelings, but the film is so dark and repressed that it ultimately feels a bit dull.
In the mid 19th century, Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) has been courted by noted art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) since she was only 12 years old, and he has waited for her to come of age to marry her. But as she moves in with his suffocating parents (Julie Walters and David Suchet) in London, Effie soon realises that she's trapped in a hopeless situation. While he's loving, John simply refuses to touch her, which makes her doubt her own intellect and femininity. She's befriended by Lady Eastlake (Thompson), who knows a thing or two about cold marriages and helps her make a plan. Then Effie and John travel to Scotland with John's protege, the painter Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), and Effie begins to understand that there might be other possibilities out there.
Since the film is made in Victorian style, it leaves all of the heaving passion far beneath the surface. It's obvious that Effie (and the audience) are craving a bit of lusty bodice-ripping, but any action remains behind closed doors, only hinted at in the clever dialogue. This makes the film realistic and intriguing, but difficult to get a grip on. And instead of the scandalous love triangle of historical record, the film plays out more as a drama about a young woman working out a complex escape from male-dominated society. Even so, it's a compelling journey, with some remarkable twists and turns along the way, and the complex characters add plenty of detail.
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Date of birth
23rd February, 1994