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Dakota Fanning

Holding one's own opposite formidable talent Sean Penn would be an accomplishment for any Hollywood newcomer, but the fact that Dakota Fanning did so at the age of 6 in the critically acclaimed "I Am Sam" (2001), announced the arrival of a very different "child star." Fanning was subsequently called upon to impart her sweet radiance and old-soul worldliness to dramas and thrillers like "Man on Fire" (2004) and "War of the Worlds" (2005), where she was consistently praised for her mature emotional characterizations and ultra professionalism. With career beginnings more akin to Jodie Foster than the Olsen twins, Fanning was generally cast in adult fare, though she did earn her share of young fans with family offerings like the terrific adaptation of "Charlotte's Web" (2006) and the less-than-stellar interpretation of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" (2003). Fanning held the honor of being the youngest actor ever invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and maintained a reputation of high standards and quality dramatic projects as she morphed into a willowy teen in hits like the teen drama "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), the stop-motion animated "Coraline" (2009) and a key supporting role as Jane Volturi in the "Twilight" saga. Maturing into adult roles, Fanning moved into varied fare including the crime drama "Every Secret Thing" (2014), Philip Roth adaptation "American Pastoral" and action caper "Ocean's 8" (2018).
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