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About Dakota Fanning


Hannah Dakota Fanning was born February 23, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia to Joy and Steve Fanning. The name Hannah was Mom's choice, Dad provided the Dakota that would become their daughter's professional appellation. Dakota enjoyed play acting around the house from about the time she could walk. She attended a playhouse near her home, where the children performed a play for their parents each week. The directors of the playhouse noticed that Dakota stood out, and advised her parents to take her to an agency.
The Fannings subsequently took Dakota to Los Angeles, where she quickly found work in a nationally aired commercial for Tide detergent, a role she won from among many hopefuls. A part on ER soon came Dakota's way, followed by appearances on CSI, The Practice, Spin City, and Malcolm in the Middle. She also played the childhood versions of the title characters in Ally McBeal and The Ellen Show.

In 2001, at age seven, Dakota won the major role of Sean Penn's daughter in I am Sam, the story of a mentally challenged man fighting for custody of his child. The role earned her the distinction of becoming the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

More film roles followed, including a kidnap victim in Trapped, the childhood version of Reese Witherspoon's character in Sweet Home Alabama and Katie in Hansel and Gretel. In 2003 she played the uptight germ phobic child of Heather Locklear's character in Uptown Girls, and Sally in Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers. In 2004, Dakota wrapped filming of Dreamer, with Kurt Russell and went directly to the set of War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise. She played the daughter of each of the legendary actors in these two films.

Despite all her success, Dakota still finds time to be a little girl. She is home schooled, and is a member of the Girl Scouts. She demonstrated her irresistible cookie selling technique for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. She enjoys the company of her little sister, Elle, who was born in 1998 and is a budding actress herself, sometimes playing the childhood version of Dakota. Among the gifts Dakota has received from her fellow actors is a palomino horse from Kurt Russell that she named Goldie. Tom Cruise gave her a cell phone, much to her parents' chagrin.

Dakota has two film credits to her name in 2005, The Secret Life of Bees and Coraline. She is also rumored to be starring in a remake of the classic children's tale Alice in Wonderland. With so much critical and popular acclaim, Dakota Fanning is bound to be entertaining movie going audiences for some time to come.




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