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Dakota Fanning

Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994), better known simply as Dakota Fanning, is an American actress. Fanning's breakthrough performance was in I Am Sam in 2001. As a child actress, she appeared in high-profile films such as Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, and Charlotte's Web. Fanning began transitioning to more adult roles with Hounddog and The Secret Life of Bees. Recent films have included The Twilight Saga and The Runaways. She has won numerous awards and is the youngest person to have been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Dakota Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia, the daughter of Joy (née Arrington), who played tennis professionally, and Steve Fanning, who played minor league baseball and now works as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles. Her maternal grandfather was former American football player, Rick Arrington, and her aunt is former ESPN reporter Jill Arrington. Dakota is the older sister of Elle Fanning, also an actress. Fanning is of half German descent, and her last name is of Irish origin. Fanning and her family are Southern Baptist. She attends Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California, and is on the varsity spirit cheerleading squad. Fanning has been accepted early into New York University and will enroll in Fall 2011.

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Dakota Fanning & Elizabeth Olsen -- 'Very Good Girls' in Bikinis

Dakota & Elizabeth
'Very Good Girls' ... In Bikinis

Former child star Dakota Fanning,18, and Mary-Kate & Ashley's little sister Elizabeth Olsen, 23, went two pieces on the set of their new movie "Very Good Girls" in New York over the weekend.In… READ MORE >

Dakota Fanning's Kid Sis Makes More Than You

Dakota Fanning's Kid Sis
Makes More Than You

In Hollywood, it pays to be Dakota Fanning's little sister -- 'cause the other Fanning child is officially pulling in a 6-figure salary. We've just obtained a copy of Elle Fanning's minor contract… READ MORE >

- 1670 days ago
Dakota Fanning -- Basket Case

Dakota Fanning
Basket Case

What? Dakota Fanning is a Sophomore? If she's older, does that mean we're older now too? Crap.These aren't photos from Dakota's next movie -- she was spotted cheering at her actual private high… READ MORE >

- 2008 days ago
Cheerleading Dakota Escapes Pap Rally

Cheerleading Dakota Escapes Pap Rally

Ready? OK! Who'd have thought the quirky little girl from "I Am Sam" would grow up to be a high school cheerleader?For some reason we asked her to bust out a routine right there in the airport ...… READ MORE >

- 2030 days ago
Dakota Fanning: Awkward Stage Officially Over

Dakota Fanning:
Awkward Stage Officially Over

Dakota Fanning appears to have survived that awkward, unfortunate stage that afflicts many child stars somewhere between puberty and their first DUI.The 14-year-old turned up to the NYC premiere… READ MORE >

- 2039 days ago
Dakota Fanning Is Getting Old

Dakota Fanning
Is Getting Old

Holy s**t! Dakota Fanning is all growed up!The adorably annoying child star, who turned 14 on Saturday, was snapped at LAX this weekend wearing a trend almost as old as she is -- Ugg boots!Proving… READ MORE >

- 2244 days ago
This Week's Biggest Losers 01/27/2007

This Week's Biggest Losers
01/27/2007

Is Gary Coleman so hard up for advance cash that he now has to rely on Sundance swag? Is Dustin "Screech" Diamond so desperate to keep his faux sex tape buzz going that he has to compete for… READ MORE >

- 2639 days ago
Dakota Fanning's Awkward Stage

Dakota Fanning's
Awkward Stage

Rachel Zoe, we've got a new job for you, and the client is already built like a 12-year-old, because she's 12. Dakota Fanning's court jester/MC Hammer ensemble was seen at the Tokyo premiere of… READ MORE >

- 2696 days ago

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