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Born Feb. 23, 1994, in Conyers, Ga., Hannah Dakota Fanning launched her acting career at age 5 when she appeared in a national TV ad for Tide detergent.

Fanning's subsequent guest spots on "ER" and "Ally McBeal" led to a high-profile role as Sean Penn's daughter in I Am Sam (2001) -- a performance that earned the 8-year-old honors as the youngest Screen Actor's Guild Award nominee in history. Two years later, she landed parts in Uptown Girls and The Cat in the Hat (both 2003). Fanning then won accolades for her impressive turn opposite Denzel Washington in Man on Fire (2004) before starring in a string of films in 2005: Hide and Seek, Nine Lives, Dreamer and the box-office smash War of the Worlds.

As Fanning has matured, the in-demand young actress has continued to flex her considerable acting muscle by taking on serious subjects in films such as Hounddog (2006).

Dakota Fanning in American Pastoral

American Pastoral

2016 R

Living a seemingly charmed life, Seymour Levov sees his family and once-idyllic world begin to crumble after his rebellious young daughter joins a violent band of Vietnam War protesters.

  • Dakota Fanning in Brimstone Brimstone
  • Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire Man on Fire
  • Dakota Fanning in My Neighbor Totoro My Neighbor Totoro
  • Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds War of the Worlds
  • Dakota Fanning in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2
  • Dakota Fanning in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Dakota Fanning in The Secret Life of Bees The Secret Life of Bees
  • Dakota Fanning in The Twilight Saga: New Moon The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Dakota Fanning in The Benefactor The Benefactor
  • Dakota Fanning in Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web
  • Dakota Fanning in Push Push
  • Dakota Fanning in Effie Gray Effie Gray
  • Dakota Fanning in The Runaways The Runaways
  • Dakota Fanning in Every Secret Thing Every Secret Thing
  • Dakota Fanning in I Am Sam I Am Sam
  • Dakota Fanning in In the Realms of the Unreal In the Realms of the Unreal
  • Dakota Fanning in Trapped Trapped
  • Dakota Fanning in Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
  • Dakota Fanning in Nine Lives Nine Lives
  • Dakota Fanning in Coraline Coraline
  • Dakota Fanning in Now Is Good Now Is Good
  • Dakota Fanning in Uptown Girls Uptown Girls
  • Dakota Fanning in Dreamer Dreamer
  • Dakota Fanning in Hounddog Hounddog
  • Dakota Fanning in Fragments Fragments
  • Dakota Fanning in Very Good Girls Very Good Girls
  • Dakota Fanning in Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
  • Dakota Fanning in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch
  • Dakota Fanning in Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
  • Dakota Fanning in Night Moves Night Moves
  • Dakota Fanning in The Last of Robin Hood The Last of Robin Hood
  • Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds: The Real Story War of the Worlds: The Real Story
  • Dakota Fanning in The Motel Life The Motel Life