|Real Name: Kirsten Dunst|
|Birthday: April 30, 1982|
|Birth Place: Point Pleasant, NJ|
A beautiful, bright blonde, Kirsten Dunst started appearing in television commercials at age five and made her feature film debut as Mia Ferrow's daughter in "Oedipus Wrecks", Woody Allen's portion of "New York Stories" (1989). Small parts in numerous films followed, despite the fact that many of the films like "The Bonfire of the Vanities" had little publicity and did poorly at the box office. Kirsten also was hired and cast in a recurring role on the NBC series drama "Sisters" and had a guest appearance in one episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
Kirsten Dunst was shot into the spotlight with her work in Neil Jordan's "Interview With the Vampire" (1994). Only twelve years old at the time of production, Dunst played what was the female lead opposite Tom Cruise, Christian Slater and Brad Pitt. Her character Claudia, a young teen girl turned into a vampire and powerless to age through the years, looked like a child one moment and like a mature grown woman the next. Even though the film received good reviews, her amazingly mature performance gained her almost unanimous good words, earning her a Golden Globe nomination.
Nevertheless, the young actress continued to produce impressive
work. Kirsten portrayed the younger version of Amy in
"Little Women" (1994), appearing alongside Winona Ryder and Susan
Sarandon and working with the young Christian
Bale and Claire Danes.
After lending her voice talents to the title character in Fox's animated "Anastasia"
along side Meg Ryan, Kirsten was cast as a young teen girl hired to play an Albanian refugee in a
fake war in the
political satire "Wag the Dog" working with the famed Robert
De Niro (1997). Dunst was then "Fifteen and Pregnant" in the
real life television drama before
returning to movies in "Small Soldiers",
and worked with a host of stars in the cast of "Strike! The Hairy Bird" in 1998.
Kirsten also became a sex symbol for the teen boy crowd with roles in romantic comedies. She played the courageous captain of a go-getting cheerleading squad in "Bring It On" (2000), where she showed her ability to carry a feature film on her playful appeal, and she also did well in the teen romance "Get Over It" working with Carmen Electra in 2001.
Dunst showed she also had remarkable ability when she appeared as Lux, the
oldest and most uncontrollable of
the ill-fated Lisbon sisters, in Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" working next to Hayden
Christensen (1999), and was especially captivating in
2001's "Crazy Beautiful" as the psychologically disturbed daughter of a
affluent congressman who threatens to ruin the rise of her lower class boyfriend.
same year, Dunst had an amazing role in director Peter Bogdonavitch's
Hollywood rumor film "The Cat's Meow" while being too young to play early screen star Marion Davies, she
gave a good performance of the character's real romance with media tycoon William Randolph Hearst (Edward
Herrmann). Kirsten next appeared with an all-star cast in writer-director Ed
Solomon's "Levity" (2003), playing a young woman
who becomes dependent on the character played by Billy Bob
Thornton. The strong supporting cast also included Holly
Hunter and Morgan
Next was a supporting role in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" with Kate Winslet (2004), as Mary, the young receptionist in the memory erasing office where brokenhearted Jim Carrey goes to have his ex-girlfriend removed from his thoughts.
Then Dunst repeated her
role as Mary Jane Watson, now a busy actress, but still longing for Peter Parker in the
sequel "Spider-Man 2"
(2004), followed by the release of the animated film
"Kaena: The Prophecy" (2004), where she supplied the voice of
the unruly young teen hero in the science fiction flight of the imagination.
Kirsten Dunst was spectacular in her role as the optimistic flight attendant Claire Colburn, who helps a unsuccessful pretty boy (Orlando Bloom) grieving his fathers reawakening to the joys of life and love in writer-director Cameron Crowe's film "Elizabethtown" featuring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Biel in 2005.
Her role was praised even though the film was less than popular with viewers, but she had another smash hit on her hands with the 2007 release of "Spider-Man 3", the third hit for the franchise making both her, and Tobey Maguire household names. Next up for was the comedy "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" (2008) with Gillian Anderson and Megan Fox, about a British writer who struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York. Based on Toby Young's memoir "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People".
Kirsten was then cast in they dramatic mystery film
"All Good Things" (2009), where a detective begins to unravel a
missing-persons case that looks to spell doom -- and quite possibly death --
for the heir to a New York real estate dynasty. Dunst wrapped her
year with the dramatic "Sweet Relief" (2009), the story of Marla
Ruzicka, a relief worker who advocated for Iraqi and Afghani victims of the
American-led invasions of their respective countries.
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