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Dakota Fanning at the Vanity Fair party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Hannah Dakota Fanning

February 23, 1994 (1994-02-23) (age 27)
Education Campbell Hall School
Alma mater New York University (attending)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Relatives Elle Fanning (sister)
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Dakota Fanning at the London premiere of War of the Worlds, June 2005
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Dakota Fanning in January 2009

Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994) is an American actress. She is best known for her starring roles in the movies Dreamer, Hounddog, and Fragments (also known as Winged Creatures).

Early life

Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia. Her mother, Heather Joy (née Arrington), played tennis professionally and her father, Steven J. Fanning, played minor league baseball and now works as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles, California. Her maternal grandfather is former American football player Rick Arrington, and her aunt is former ESPN reporter Jill Arrington. Dakota is the elder sister of Elle Fanning, also an actress.

Fanning is of English, French, Irish and German ancestry. She and her family are Southern Baptist.

Child actress

Dakota was famous for her performance at age seven in the 2001 film I Am Sam. This earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, as the youngest nominee in history.

Later, she appeared in high-profile films such as Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005) and Charlotte's Web (2006). Fanning then began the transition to more adult roles with Hounddog (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008). Her recent film roles have included the named character in Coraline (2009), Cherie Currie in The Runaways (2010), Annie James in "The Motel Life" (2013), and Jane in The Twilight Saga (2009–12).

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