Dakota Fanning

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Real Name: Dakota Fanning
Birthday: February 23rd

Dakota Fanning Biography And Filmography: 

Dakota Fanning was brilliant as the young daughter of a mentally challenged man fighting to retain custody in the family drama "I Am Sam" (2001) starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfieffer. The young actress had only been acting professionally for three years year when she landed the part which gained her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She first appeared on a 2000 episode of the television drama "ER" with Noah Wyle and George Clooney, in an episode about a young child in need of a bone marrow transplant. 

Dakota was next seen as the five-year-old version of Calista Flockhart title role on "Ally McBeal" and guest appearances on hit television shows like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Spin City" with Heather Locklear, "The Practice", and "Malcolm in the Middle". Although she had worked on the pilot of the 2002 television sitcom "The Fighting Fitzgeralds", she did not appear on the show as she was already working on "I Am Sam". 

Dakota was next seen as the kidnapped daughter of Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend in the thriller "Trapped" (2002), and portrayed the young version of Reese Witherspoon's character in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) with Patrick Dempsey, about a young woman with a white trash background who runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite. Fanning was then hired and cast in the leading role portraying a spoiled but misunderstood young girl with a dislike for germs who matures quickly when she's put in the charge of a partying rock star's daughter in "Uptown Girls" (2003) with Heather Locklear

Her next role was perfect as the young girl, sister Sally, in "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" (2003) starring Mike Myers, about Conrad and Sally Walden who are home alone with their pet fish. It is raining outside, and there is nothing to do until The Cat in the Hat walks in the front door. He introduces them to their imagination, and at first it's all fun and games, until things get out of hand, and The Cat must go, go, go, before their parents get back.

After guest appearances on the TV shows "Friends" (2004) with Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox, "The Family Guy" (1999) with Peter Griffin, and "The Ellen Show" (2001), Dakota was cast in a ten episode deal on the sci-fi adventure series "Taken" (2002). The young actress scored another major hit when she appeared in the action film "Man on Fire" (2004) playing a young girl who makes friends with her bodyguard, causing him to begin a deadly journey of revenge when she is kidnapped.

Next  Dakota co-starred with Robert De Niro as a child troubled by the loss of her mother who seeks support from an imaginary friend in the thriller "Hide and Seek" (2005).  Fanning then took a role in the release of Steven Spielberg's remake of the sci-fi movie "War of the Worlds," playing Rachel, the innocent daughter of a neglectful dad (Tom Cruise), who must step in to protect his children during a horrifying alien invasion. She then lent her voice talents to the animated character Lilo in the sequel "Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch" (2005) starring Tia Carrere, where a malfunction threatens to destroy Stitch and his friendship with Lilo.

 Fanning next starred opposite Kurt Russell in "Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story" (2005) as a young girl whose faith help her father train an injured horse to compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Fanning then joined the cast of “Nine Lives” (2005) with Holly Hunter, a drama focusing around nine different women connected through their various activates. The actress was cast as the gifted daughter of a widow who brings her to picnic at a cemetery where members of their family are buried. 

Next was a return to comedy and family friendly movies as she lent her voice to the animated film "Charlotte's Web" (2006) working alongside other famous voices belonging to Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford, where Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season because he knows that come that time he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Dakota then starred with Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Hudson in the crime drama "Winged Creatures" (2008), about a group of strangers who form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner. She then took the starring role in the adventure "The Secret Life Of Bees" (2008), set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the moving tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. 

Dakota Fanning next worked in an animated project as the lead character Coraline in the family adventure "Coraline" (2008) alongside Terri Hatcher, a suspenseful story about a curious girl who unlocks a mysterious door in her family's new home and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality.

Dakota wrapped her year in the dramatic "Hurricane Mary" (2008), the remarkable true story of one mother's tireless struggle to fulfill her dream to give her severely disabled twins some semblance of a normal childhood with friendships, learning and cultural experiences provided by a public school education.

Fanning then a supporting role in the vampire spectacular “New Moon” (2009) starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the long awaited story where Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship- this time with werewolf Jacob Black.

Dakota Fanning was a certified Holly movie star and every director wanted her in their movies!
And Fanning did not disappoint. In 2012 the actress was involved four different projects. The first was the leading role of Tessa Scott  in “Now is Good” (2012) – the story about a girl dying of leukemia who compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity. Next was “Motel Life” (2012) about a pair of working-class brothers who flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Next was the starring role as Euphemia 'Effie' Gray in “Effie” (2012) - a look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray. Dakota wrapped the year in the familiar role of Jane in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2” where after the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Fanning was budding into a more mature movie star and she showed off her talents the following year in the lead role of Lily for “Furious Angel” (2013) - Dakota played Seventeen year old Lily, who is a high-powered assassin but when she wants to opt out of her life of violence and the chance to lead a normal life her adopted guardian isn't so keen.

Fanning wrapped the year working with Dustin Hoffman in “Very Good Girls” (2013) – where two young New York City girls make a vow to lost their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist they find their friendships tested for the first time.


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