Kirsten Dunst Biography

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Born: April 30, 1982


Date of Birth: April 30, 1982

Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Kirsten Dunst had an agent at the age of three. She secured her first film role at the age of five as Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's daughter in 1989's New York Stories; she then played Tom Hanks' kid in 1990's The Bonfire of the Vanities. Her big break came in 1993 when she beat out 5,000 other young actresses to get the role of Claudia, the child blood-sucker in Interview With the Vampire. It was a big leap that earned her much recognition: she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress, up against Sophia Loren, Uma Thurman, Dianne Wiest and Robin Wright.

The combination of the film's success and that of the same year's Little Women (in which she played the frivolous Amy) made Dunst one of the most bankable child actors in Hollywood. The following year she starred in the Robin Williams action-fantasy Jumanji and then lent her voice to the animated feature Anastasia (1997). The same year, she had a small but memorable role in Barry Levinson's highly praised Wag the Dog, and subsequently starred in the children's action flick Small Soldiers (1998). The year 1999 marked a turning point in Dunst's career, as she began appearing in films that cast her as a young woman rather than a precocious child. She had a lead role as a small-town beauty contestant in the comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous and co-starred with Michelle Williams as one of the teenage girls who unwittingly uncovers the Watergate scandal in the comedy Dick.

The actress further lived up to her title as one of Teen People's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" with her leading role as the sexually rebellious Lux in Sofia Coppola's highly anticipated film adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Virgin Suicides, which premiered at Cannes in May of 1999. In 2000, she had a total of five films released. In 2002, she starred as Mary Jane Watson in the Hollywood blockbuster, Spider-Man, opposite Tobey Maguire. The film was so successful that a sequel was immediately planned. She continues to work non-stop with appearances in Mona Lisa Smile (2003) opposite Julia Roberts, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) with Jim Carrey and Elizabethtown (2005), co-starring Orlando Bloom.

In 2007, while struggling with depression, Dunst entered a facility in Utah. In 2008, she admitted she regretted having been a child actress, saying: "I have had to grow up very fast in the adult world of acting. I already know that if I have a child, I will never put them through this."


On the Road(2013)
Upside Down(2013)
Melancholia (2011)
All Good Things(2009)
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Spider-Man 3(2007)
Marie Antoinette(2006)
Spider-Man 2(2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004)
Mona Lisa Smile(2003)
Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)
Axis (2002)
The Cat's Meow(2002)
Get Over It(2001)
Luckytown Blues (2000)
The Crow: Salvation(2000)
All Forgotten (2000)
Bring It On(2000)
The Virgin Suicides(2000)
Drop Dead Gorgeous(1999)
Small Soldiers(1998)
Strike! (1998)
Wag the Dog(1997)
Anastasia (1997) (voice)
True Heart (1997)
Mother Night (1996)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Greedy (1994)
High Strung (1994)
Little Women (1994)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
Kiki's Delivery Service(1989)
New York Stories (1989) (uncredited)
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