Dakota Fanning Biography
Birth name - Hannah Dakota Fanning
February 23, 1994, Conyers, Georgia, USA
Height- 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Dakota Fanning photo gallery
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA. Before her debut into the cinematic world, Dakota did her own acting around her house. She was very active for her age, and often put a blanket under her shirt and pretended to be having a baby, using her younger sister, who is also an actress now, Elle, as the baby. Dakota went to a playhouse near her home, where the children that attended put on a play every week to show to their parents. But the people running the playhouse noticed that Dakota stood out, and advised her parents, Joy and Steve Fanning, to take her to an agency. They believed that she was extremely talented.
The Fanning family were advised to spend six weeks in Los Angeles, a long way from their home in Georgia. But there Dakota managed to get her first work; to star in a national Tide commercial. She was chosen out of many, many other children.
The family then decided to move to Los Angeles permanently, for it looked like Dakota's career was looking very good. After they moved, Dakota signed with a professional agency, and soon won a role in the movie Tomcats (2001). She then went onto a small project called Father Xmas (2001) as Clairee.
But Dakota's big break-through was yet to come. She auditioned for one of the main characters in I am Sam (2001)_ , and the director and the rest of the crew were amazed by her extraordinary talent. Dakota was cast, and starred in the movie as Lucy Diamond Dawson, alongside major Hollywood stars Sean Penn and 'Michelle Pfiefer' .
After _I am Sam_(2001)_ her talent was immediately recognized around the world. She went straight onto Trapped (2002) as Abby Jennings, alongside Charlize Theron, then played the younger version of Reese Witherspoon in 2002's Sweet Home Alabama (2002) But Dakota still had two more movies to come in 2002. Firstly she got a huge role in Steven Spielberg's _"Taken" (2002) (mini)_ , the mini-TV series, and narrated the ten whole episodes, as well as having a part. This was a little more challenging, as she was playing a troubled alien child, but she managed to do brilliantly. Her last movie for 2002 was the children's movie _Hansel and Gretel (2002)_ as Katie.
2003 was also a brilliant year for Dakota, as she starred in a number of exciting projects. Firstly, it was as Sally Walden in _The Cat in the Hat (2003)_ with Mike Myers, then she played Lorraine "Ray" Schleine, a bratty little girl, in the sweet comedy Uptown Girls (2003) alongside Brittany Murphy. She then voiced preschool Kim in Kim Possible: A Stitch in time.
In 2004, Dakota appeared in the violent thriller, Man on Fire (2004), alongside Denzel Washington. Her reviews were excellent.
First in 2005 was Nine Lives (2005), as Maria, then the chilling Hide and Seek (2005) alongside Robert DeNiro. By now, she was the busiest child actress in Hollywood, with a resume to die for. Her younger sister, Mary Elle Fanning (Elle), had also been discovered a few years earlier.
After Hide and Seek came War of the Worlds (2005), which was one of her major movies out of everything she'd worked in. Not only did it make her more popular, but she got to play the daughter of A-list Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. They had four very successful premieres; the first in Tokyo, Japan, the second in France, the third in London, England and the fourth in New York, USA. The reviews were outstanding, especially Dakota's. She then voiced Lilo in _Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch (2005)_ , which she has just completed.
More Interesting Information for Dakota Fanning
Learned to read at age 2.
At the age of 8, she became the youngest person to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, for her supporting performance in I Am Sam (2001).
When she received the Best Young Actor/Actress award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her performance in I Am Sam (2001), she was too short to reach the microphone to give her acceptance speech. Presenter Orlando Bloom held her up to the mike for the duration of her speech, which turned out to be quite long.
She began her acting career at 5 when she was picked for a Tide commercial
Older sister of Elle Fanning.
Her father named her Dakota, her mother named her Hannah. She then was named Hannah Dakota Fanning.
Dakota is one of 14 grandchildren.
Parents: Joy and Steve Fanning.
Her favourite films include Gone with the Wind (1939), Titanic (1997) and Steel Magnolias (1989).
Looks up to Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, "not just because they're great actresses, but because they are amazing people".
Her last name, "Fanning" is of Irish origin, and she is also of half German descent
She donated many signed items to Rocky Stone to be given away as prizes in a Dakota Fanning Contest to benefit less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign 2005 and Toy Mountain Campaign 2006.
First time she visited England was on the 19th June 2005 with Tom Cruise, to attend the premiere of War of the Worlds (2005) at London's Leicester Square.
Loves to knit & has knitted scarfs for Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey.
For the 'sad' scenes in I Am Sam (2001), she thought of her pet goldfish, Flounder, dying.
Carries a book of baby names with her wherever she goes.
Has been to Mexico, New Zeland, Japan, Australia, England and France
Is a member of the Red Cross
On her eleventh birthday, Tom Cruise gave her a cell phone
Is friends with Daveigh Chase
She can play the violin.
She knitted scarves for Steven Spielberg and Tim Robbins.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her role in The Cat in the Hat (2003). She was also suggested in the Worst Screen Couple couple category with co-star Spencer Breslin in the The Cat in the Hat (2003). She failed to receive either nomination.
Is a member of the Girl Scouts USA, and her sister Elle Fanning is a Brownie.
Is learning to speak French. She also learned to speak some Spanish for her role in Man on Fire (2004).
Missed the premiere of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005) (V) to go to Mexico whilst her sister (Elle Fanning) filmed Babel (2006).
Skipped kindergarten and went straight to first grade at the age of 4.
Learned how to ride a race horse for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005).
After filming of Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) wrapped, Kurt Russell gave her a horse named Goldie.
During the shoot of War of the Worlds (2005), Tom Cruise gave her an iPod loaded with thousands of songs.
Is now a Girl Scout [Oct. 2005].
After filming Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005), Kurt Russell, who plays her father, bought her a palomino horse, whom she named Goldie. Goldie lives on a ranch near Dakota's home where she can visit him often.
Tutor is Jan Cerwonka.
Her scene in Nine Lives (2005) was done in one take. She got to work on the movie only for one day.
She has said she would love to be a director.
Robert De Niro gave a doll that looked like Dakota's character in Hide and Seek (2005), with the brown hair and blue eyes- on her 10th birthday.
Plays the piano, knits, collects dolls, ride horses and dances ballet.
Niece of Jill Arrington.
By today, she is the youngest member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (she joined in 2006).
Was ranked #9 in E's 50 cutest child stars all grown-up even if she still is a child.(2005)
Was ranked #9 in E's most cutest child stars all grown-up even if she still is a child.(2005)
Has been in three productions with her sister Elle Fanning, yet they have never shared scenes. Elle played the younger version of Dakota's characters in I Am Sam (2001) and _"Taken" (2002/I) (mini)_ , and the two girls voiced sisters in a dub for Tonari no Totoro (1988).
Whilst she was filming Man on Fire (2004) in Mexico, her sister 'Elle Fanning' was filming The Door in the Floor (2004), so their parents had to go to and from their daughters' destinations.
Her first word was "Momo," which was the family cat's name.
Has mentioned in numerous interviews that she would love to work with her sister, Elle Fanning.
Personal quotes from Dakota Fanning
"I've always wanted to be an actress, ever since I was a little girl. I've always played the mom and I play my sister as the daughter. I wanted to be an actress on television and movies instead of just around the house."
"Working with him, I loved every minute of it. I couldn't wait to see him everyday. He's one of the best actors in the world and I loved observing him." - on working with Denzel Washington on Man on Fire (2004).
"I think Orlando Bloom is cute. I met him at an awards show. I was actually nominated and I won that one. When I went up on stage, they didn't have a step for me to step on at the Critics' Choice Awards so he had to hold me up. He held me for a LONG, LONG time!"
"I've been very lucky enough to do all kinds of movies. All the movies that I've done have been very different and all the characters I've done have been very different. I feel very lucky to have been able to do the movies that I've done."
I want to keep acting. I want to go to college, sure, but I really want to keep acting right now. It's so fun.
I'm just a normal kid, really. I just love to act.
I learned that it can be very hurtful to talk about others. You know, I read a quote by Oprah Winfrey where she said, "Turn your wounds into wisdom". It's not nice to spread rumors.
Acting is what I love to do. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I don't think of it as work. It's really fun for me. And home-schooling works out perfectly.
"It's fun to know what I want to do - you know, when I grow up. I have friends who say, 'Oh, maybe I'll be an astronaut or whatever.' But it's cool to want to do this forever. I knew from my first commercial that I wanted to be an actress."
"When I go on a movie set, I'm learning about movies. I learned 100 lessons a day from Steven [Spielberg]. I always think I might not have this opportunity again, so I try to cram a lot of information into my brain."
Dakota Fanning Filmography
The Secret Life of Bees (2007) .... Lily Owens
Winged Creatures (2008)
Hurricane Mary (2008)
Coraline (2008) (voice) .... Coraline
Hounddog (2007) .... Lewellen
Charlotte's Web (2006) .... Fern
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) .... Cale Crane
... aka Dreamer (Australia: TV title)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005) (V) .... Lilo
War of the Worlds (2005) .... Rachel Ferrier
Hide and Seek (2005) .... Emily Callaway
Nine Lives (2005) .... Maria
"Justice League" .... Young Wonder Woman (1 episode, 2004)
... aka JL (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Justice League Unlimited (USA: new title)
- Kid Stuff (2004) TV Episode (voice) .... Young Wonder Woman
Man on Fire (2004) .... Pita
"Friends" .... Mackenzie (1 episode, 2004)
- The One with Princess Consuela (2004) TV Episode .... Mackenzie
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003) (TV) (voice) .... Preschool Kim
... aka Disney's Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (USA: complete title)
The Cat in the Hat (2003) .... Sally
... aka Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (USA: complete title)
Uptown Girls (2003) .... Lorraine "Ray" Schleine
Hansel & Gretel (2002) .... Katie
"Taken" (2002) TV Series .... Allison Clarke (unknown episodes)
... aka Steven Spielberg Presents Taken (USA: complete title)
Sweet Home Alabama (2002) .... Young Melanie
Trapped (2002) .... Abigail Jennings
... aka 24 Stunden Angst (Germany)
I Am Sam (2001) .... Lucy Diamond Dawson
"The Ellen Show" .... Young Ellen (1 episode, 2001)
- Missing the Bus (2001) TV Episode .... Young Ellen
"Family Guy" .... Little Girl (1 episode, 2001)
... aka Padre de familia (USA: Spanish title)
- To Live and Die in Dixie (2001) TV Episode (voice) .... Little Girl
Tomcats (2001) .... Little Girl in Park
"The Fighting Fitzgeralds" .... Marie (1 episode, 2001)
- Pilot (2001) TV Episode .... Marie
"Malcolm in the Middle" .... Emily (1 episode, 2001)
- New Neighbors (2001) TV Episode .... Emily
Father Xmas (2001) .... Clairee
"Spin City" .... Cindy (1 episode, 2000)
- Toy Story (2000) TV Episode .... Cindy
"The Practice" .... Alessa Engel (1 episode, 2000)
- The Deal (2000) TV Episode .... Alessa Engel
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Brenda Collins (1 episode, 2000)
... aka C.S.I. (USA: short title)
... aka CSI: Las Vegas (USA: syndication title)
... aka CSI: Weekends (USA: promotional title)
... aka Experts, Les (Canada: French title)
- Blood Drops (2000) TV Episode .... Brenda Collins
"Strong Medicine" .... Edie's Girl (1 episode, 2000)
- Misconceptions (2000) TV Episode .... Edie's Girl
"Ally McBeal" .... 5 Year Old Ally (1 episode, 2000)
- Ally McBeal: The Musical, Almost (2000) TV Episode .... 5 Year Old Ally
"ER" .... Delia Chadsey (1 episode, 2000)
- The Fastest Year (2000) TV Episode .... Delia Chadsey
Tonari no Totoro (1988) (voice: English version) .... Satsuki (2005 Disney version)
... aka My Neighbor Totoro (USA)