AKA Hannah Dakota Fanning
Birthplace: Conyers, GA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Uptown Girls
In the movies, Dakota Fanning usually plays the cute, precocious, know-it-all kid. It's not much of a stretch.
Fanning began her acting career at the age of 5, in a Tide commercial, and her parents soon sent her to "drama camp," where her tutors were so impressed they recommended to her mother that Dakota sign with an agency. She soon portrayed a leukemia patient in an especially tearjerking episode of ER, and with guest roles on CSI, Ally McBeal, The Practice, etc., the paychecks and opportunities were large enough that Fanning was soon supporting her entire family, and the Fannings moved from Georgia to L.A.
Her first film role, at age 7, was as "Little Girl in Park" in the teen sex comedy Tomcats, with Jerry O'Connell and Shannon Elizabeth. She garnered rave reviews in her next role, as the daughter of retarded Sean Penn in I am Sam. And ever since, Fanning has been deemed the "little 'it' girl," the second coming of Jodie Foster or Drew Barrymore.
In Uptown Girls, Fanning was nannied by Brittany Murphy. She played 'Sally' in Mike Myers's trashing of Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat (in Suess's book, the girl didn't even have a name). She was safeguarded by Denzel Washington in Man on Fire, and had her first on-screen kiss with Thomas Curtis in Reese Witherspoon's Sweet Home Alabama. In Hide & Seek, Robert De Niro played her father, as Fanning's imaginary friend terrorized the family. She starred in Steven Spielberg's remake of The War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise, played the lead in an adaptation of Charlotte's Web, and at 12 she told Time she wants to direct. She was homecoming queen at Campbell Hall Episcopal High School in Los Angeles in her sophomore and junior years, 2009 and 2010.
Her younger sister Elle has appeared in several films, including Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy and The Door in the Floor with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger.
Father: Steve Fanning (minor league baseball player, electrician)
Mother: Joy Fanning
Sister: Elle Fanning (actress, b. 9-Apr-1998)
High School: Campbell Hall Episcopal High School, Los Angeles, CA (attending, class of '02)
American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet
Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It" List Child Star
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Night Moves (31-Aug-2013)
Very Good Girls (22-Jan-2013)
The Motel Life (16-Nov-2012)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (14-Nov-2012)
Now Is Good (31-Aug-2012)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (24-Jun-2010) · Jane
The Runaways (24-Jan-2010) · Cherie Currie
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (16-Nov-2009) · Jane
Coraline (5-Feb-2009) [VOICE]
The Secret Life of Bees (5-Sep-2008)
Winged Creatures (24-Jun-2008) · Anne Hagen
Hounddog (22-Jan-2007) · Lewellen
Charlotte's Web (7-Dec-2006) · Fern
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (10-Sep-2005)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (15-Aug-2005) [VOICE]
War of the Worlds (27-Jun-2005)
Hide and Seek (27-Jan-2005)
Nine Lives (24-Jan-2005) · Maria
Man on Fire (21-Apr-2004) · Lupita Ramos
In the Realms of the Unreal (24-Mar-2004) [VOICE]
The Cat in the Hat (8-Nov-2003) · Sally
Uptown Girls (15-Aug-2003)
Hansel & Gretel (18-Oct-2002) · Katie
Sweet Home Alabama (20-Sep-2002)
Trapped (20-Sep-2002) · Abby Jennings
I Am Sam (3-Dec-2001)
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