Full Name: Kirsten Caroline Dunst
Birth Date: April 30, 1982
Birth Place: Point Pleasant, New Jersey USA
Height: 5' 7"
Quote: "I don't think it's good to get involved with your costars. But actors are only human. If sparks fly, they fly."
Quote: "Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you."
Kirsten Caroline Dunst was born on April 30th, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Unlike so many child actors whose promise diminishes with the onset of adulthood, Dunst has grown in both range and popularity. She has already garnered over 40 film and television credits and continues to command hefty sums for acting appearances.
Dunst made her acting debut before she was able to walk. She was signed to the Ford Modeling Agency as a child and by age 12, she had made over 100 commercials.
In 1989, Dunst made her film debut with a small role in Woody Allen’s New York Stories. This was soon followed by a role as Tom Hank’s daughter in the film adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s bestselling novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities.
Dunst got her big break at the tender age of 11, when she played the pre-pubescent bloodsucker Claudia in the screen adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Although critical response to the film was mixed, Dunst received high marks from reviewers for her controlled portrayal of an adult perpetually trapped in a child’s body. Rice’s literary following flocked to the film and made Dunst a ghoulish cult favorite. For her performance, Dunst received the MTV Movie Award for best breakthrough performance and a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress.
Dunst went on to appear in a string of major Hollywood productions including Little Women (1994), Jumanji (1995) and Wag the Dog (1997), but also received critical attention for her performances in the less-publicized mock-documentary Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) and the political spoof Dick (1999).
Dunst engineered a successful transition to “adult” roles with her 2000 appearance in Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Dunst received positive critical attention for her facility with the movie’s weighty themes of teen suicide and burgeoning sexuality.
Dunst further cemented her move from darling daughter to femme fatale, playing Marion Davies, silent-film actress and mistress to William Randolph Hearst, in Peter Bogdanovich’s semi-biographical The Cat’s Meow (2002).
Dunst was chosen to play opposite fellow child-phenom Tobey Maguire in the 2002 adaptation of Spiderman. The film netted $114 million in its opening weekend, a box-office record, and proved Dunst and Maguire's ability to play bankable leading roles. The two then went on to film the sequal, released in 2004, which was equally sucessful. Dunst then continued with more serious films, such as Columbia Pictures' The Crimson Petal and the White, a period piece about a well-read prostitute taken in by a wealthy family in Victorian London, and Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts. Dunst will also star in Wimbledom as an up-and-coming American tennis ace.
In her early teens, Dunst’s family moved to Los Angeles to further her career. When her parents separated, she and her brother remained with her mother, Inez. Film commitments required Dunst to abandon high school and finish her degree with private tutors. Plans for college have also been abandoned in favor of acting. Dunst continues to live Los Angeles.
Kirsten Dunst Filmography
Sweet Relief (2009) .... Marla Ruzicka
All Good Things (2009)
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) .... Alison Olsen
Spider-Man 3 (2007) .... Mary Jane Watson
Marie Antoinette (2006) .... Marie Antoinette
Elizabethtown (2005) .... Claire Colburn
Wimbledon (2004) .... Lizzie Bradbury
Spider-Man 2 (2004) .... Mary Jane Watson
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) .... Mary
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) .... Betty Warren
Kaena: La prophétie (2003) .... Kaena (voice: English version)
... aka Kaena: The Prophecy
Levity (2003) .... Sofia Mellinger
The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton (2003) (TV Movie)
Spider-Man (2002) .... Mary Jane Watson
The Cat's Meow (2001) .... Marion Davies
Crazy/Beautiful (2001) .... Nicole Oakley
Get Over It (2001) .... Kelly Woods
Deeply (2000) .... Silly
Bring It On (2000) .... Torrance Shipman
Luckytown (2000) .... Lidda Doyles
The Crow: Salvation (2000) .... Erin Randall
All Forgotten (2000) .... Zinaida
... aka Lover's Prayer
Dick (1999) .... Betsy Jobs
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) .... Amber Atkins
The Virgin Suicides (1999) .... Lux Lisbon
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999) (TV Movie) .... Hannah Stern
Strike! (1998) .... Verena von Stefan
... aka The Hairy Bird
... aka All I Wanna Do
The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1998) .... Becky Thatcher (voice)
Small Soldiers (1998) .... Christy Fimple
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998) (TV movie) .... Tina Spangler
Stories from My Childhood (TV series) (2 episodes) (voice
Wag the Dog (1997) .... Tracy Lime
Anastasia (1997) .... Young Anastasia (voice)
Tower of Terror (1997) (TV) .... Anna Petterson
Gun (TV series) .... Sondra (1 episode, 1997)
ER (TV series) .... Charlie Chiemingo (6 episodes, 1996-1997)
The Outer Limits (TV series) .... Joyce Taylor (1 episode, 1997)
True Heart (1997) .... Bonnie
Touched by an Angel (TV series) .... Amy Ann McCoy (1 episode, 1996)
Mother Night (1996) .... Young Resi Noth
The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996) (TV Movie) .... Sara Weaver
... aka Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy
CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV series) (1 episode, 1995) (voice)
Jumanji (1995) .... Judy Shepherd
Little Women (1994) .... Younger Amy March
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) .... Claudia
Greedy (1994) .... Jolene
Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series) .... Hedril (1 episode, 1993)
Sisters (TV series) .... Kitten Margolis (2 episodes, 1993)
Darkness Before Dawn (1993) (TV) .... Sandra Guard (age 8)
High Strung (1991) .... Young Girl
... aka Pissed Off
Loving (TV series) .... Young Child (1990-1991)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) .... Campbell McCoy
Majo no takkyûbin (1989) (voice: English version) .... Kiki
... aka Kiki's Delivery Service (USA)
... aka The Witch's Express Mail (literal title)
New York Stories (1989) .... Lisa's Daughter (uncredited)
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