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Dakota Fanning

Hailing from Conyers, Georgia, Dakota Fanning began her career at the age of five when she booked her first job on a Tide commercial which opened the gates to her career. Dakota's first television appearance was on NBC's, ER which then led to guest starring roles on television shows, The Practice, Malcolm In the Middle, Spin City, Ellen, where she played ‘Young Ellen,' Ally McBeal where she played ‘Young Ally McBeal' as well as having a Special Guest Starring role in the final season of Friends.

Dakota made her film debut opposite Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer when she played ‘Lucy' in I AM SAM. She was awarded the Critics Choice Award as Best Young Actor and was also the youngest child to have ever been nominated for a SAG Award for her portrayal of ‘Lucy.' Shortly thereafter, she starred in the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries TAKEN, which not only became the Sci-Fi Channel's highest rated show, but also won the 2003 Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.

Dakota's career catapulted soon after when she starred in TRAPPED opposite Charlize Theron, DR. SEUSS' CAT IN THE HAT opposite Mike Myers, UPTOWN GIRLS with Brittany Murphy and played the young Reese Witherspoon in SWEET HOME ALABAMA.

In 2004, Dakota starred opposite Denzel Washington in MAN ON FIRE directed by Tony Scott. Her performance earned her a second nomination for a Critics Choice Award.

The following year, Dakota co-starred in HIDE AND SEEK with Robert DeNiro. Her performance in this film earned her the 2005 MTV Movie Award™ for Most Frightened Performance.

In June 2005, Dakota starred with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's remake of the H.G. Wells classic WAR OF THE WORLDS. Her performance as ‘Rachel,' Tom Cruise's daughter, earned Dakota her second Critics Choice Award.

In October 2005, Dakota appeared opposite Kurt Russell in DREAMER which made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. In addition, DREAMER was awarded the Truly Moving Picture Award at the Heartland Film Festival. Dakota was also proud to be a part of the remarkable ensemble of women including Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright Penn that appeared in NINE LIVES which had its premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The entire ensemble of women in NINE LIVES was nominated for a Gotham Award in 2005 and the film was nominated for a 2005 Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.

December 2006 marked the theatrical debut of the beloved E.B. White novel CHARLOTTE'S WEB. As the live action role of ‘Fern,' Dakota starred alongside Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford, each of whom voiced animated characters in the film. Dakota was nominated for a 2006 Critic's Choice Award for Best Young Actress for her portrayal of ‘Fern.' Also in 2006, Dakota was awarded ShoWest's Best Supporting Actress of the Year Award.

In 2007, Dakota starred in HOUNDDOG which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She stars opposite Robin Wright Penn and David Morse. Later that year, Dakota completed Rowan Woods' ensemble drama WINGED CREATURES opposite Forest Whitaker and Kate Beckinsale and Paul McGuigan's sci-fi thriller PUSH alongside Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou.

Dakota's voice can be heard in LILO AND STITCH II, MY NEIGHBOR TOTARO starring alongside her sister Elle, as well as CORALINE with her fellow voice-over co-star, Teri Hatcher. At the age of 14, Dakota also does work for charity at the Mattel Children's hospital in Los Angeles, and recently appeared in the RED Gap Ad's to benefit AIDS in Africa. She is an avid reader, plays the piano, knits, collects dolls, rides horses and dances ballet. Dakota resides in Los Angeles with her parents and her sister, actress Elle Fanning.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Dakota Fanning Facts

Birth NameHannah Dakota Fanning
BirthdayFebruary 23, 1994 (29)
BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, USA
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Dakota Fanning compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story (2005) user recommendation
Hide and Seek (2005)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Man on Fire (2004)
The Cat and the Hat (2004) as Sally
In the Realms of the Unreal (2003)
Uptown Girls (2003)
I Am Sam (2002)
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
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