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Dakota Fanning Biography

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.

Dakota Fanning: 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.

Dakota Fanning: 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.

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Prince Link

dear; Dakaota Fanning i am sure, you are BEAUTIFUL and cutie.i watch movie War of the World, Hide and Seed, Dreamer and Charlotte's Web. i am honest you are very actress. I like you that all because i am older. by: Justin Woodard

5 years 5 months ago
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Dakota Fanning is the best actor EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 years 7 months ago
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D Snyman

Dear sweet angel,you have something that people can not buy and that is a good haert full of love.There is a song that i think of every time i see your movie(MAN ON FIRE).Your guardian angel by the RJA.I would love to be your bodyguard one day.Keep smiling

5 years 11 months ago
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Dakota Fanning you are the greatest and most passionate actress ever to hit hollywood,you cryed real tears in I am Sam,Dreamer and in Up Town Girls and not to mention Hide and seek.Showing emotion in acting means that you can really act.I cryed seeing you cry and now you've stole my heart a 1000 times over and now my heart you have for ever.Your movies Dreamer,Charlotte's Web,Uptown Girls,I Am Sam and the Cat in the Hat I watch at least once a week without miss.Dakota you are the superstar of hollywood you are what makes movies worth watching.A star you are,you are indeed,A Star.

6 years 2 months ago
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Dakota Fanning is one of the greatest actresses since the days of Judy Garland.She has captured the hearts of many.Dakota Fanning is that good if a movie was made and it was'nt that interesting remake the film put Dakota in it and she will make all the difference.

6 years 2 months ago
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pico 740

Dakota Fanning is the best actress but not only that!If i had to choose my little sweet heart little daughter,i would choose her without no hesitation!!! She is the most wonderfull little girl i've ever seen!!!GOD BLESS YOU DAKOTA AND PROTECT YOU ALL YOUR LIFE AND KEEP BEEING SO ALIVE AND FULL OF JOY AND MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY IN THEIR HEART!!!!I follow everything you do very closely and i have all your movies and all your interviews and when i feel unhappy,i listen to them and it makes me feel really better just listening and looking at you the way you are!!! THANK YOU FOR EXISTING DAKOTA!!! BYE!! BYE!! SERGE!!

7 years 7 months ago
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