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Fanning in DREAMER.

About Dakota Fanning (1994 –)

Blonde, blue-eyed, charming, impish Dakota Fanning has been a film actress since her breakout role in I AM SAM; in 2001. Dakota plays the 7-year-old daughter of a mentally retarded man, played by Sean Penn, seeking custody of his child.

Her family supported her career, moving to Los Angeles, California, around 2000, from Georgia. Dakota took a break from acting to finish her high school education, graduating in 2011.

For her role as Lucy Diamond Dawson in I AM SAM, Fanning became the youngest person to be nominated for a Screen Actor's Guild Award. When she received the Best Young Actor award from the Broadcast Film Critics' Association, she was physically lifted off the ground by presenter Orlando Bloom, so she could reach the microphone for her very adult acceptance speech.

Dakota Fanning played Sally Walden, the do-right kid in the the 2003 movie, THE CAT IN THE HAT.

In 2004, Fanning played opposite Denzel Washington in the action/crime drama, MAN ON FIRE. Her performance prompted Roger Ebert to write that Fanning is “a pro at only 10 years old.”

She played an ethereal alien in Steven Spielberg's 2002 TV miniseries, TAKEN, then worked with Spielberg again as the daughter of lead actor Tom Cruise, in the 2005 remake of WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Moving into darker roles, in a controversial casting move, Dakota played the part of Llewellen; a sexually assaulted girl who idolizes Elvis Presley, in the flop HOUNDDOG. She was paid scale for the part.

The outcry over the 12-year-old actress participating in a rape scene, in a film subsidized by the state of North Carolina, prompted a barrage of calls for reviewing and censoring scripts to be subsidized in the future in that state. Fanning responded bluntly to the criticism lobbed at her parents for allowing her to participate in the film, saying, “It's not really happening. It's a movie and it's called acting.”

in THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (2008), Fanning played the tormented Lily; a runaway teenage girl haunted by her culpability in the death of her mother.

She played another dark role in the character Jane; a Volturi Vampire mind control guard in the teenage vampire movies: NEW MOON (2009) and ECLIPSE (2010).

Dakota Fanning's notable movie credits include...

VIENA AND THE FANTOMES (2017)
Brimstone (2017)
American Pastoral (2016)
The Benefactor (2015)
EFFIE GRAY (2014)
EVERY SECRET THING (2014)
VERY GOOD GIRLS (2013)
NIGHT MOVES (2013)
THE MOTEL LIFE (2012)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART II (2012)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I (2011)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (2010)
THE RUNAWAYS (2010)
PUSH (2009)
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (2008)
FRAGMENTS (2008)
CHARLOTTE'S WEB (2006)
DREAMER (2005)
HIDE AND SEEK (2005)
WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005)
NINE LIVES (2005)
UPTOWN GIRLS (2003)
HANSEL & GRETEL (2002)
TRAPPED (2002)
SWEET HOME ALABAMA (2002)


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Dakota Fanning in THE RUNAWAYS (2010) .