Biography of Dakota FanningDakota Fanning is an American actress who made her acting debut at the age of six and became famous for the lead in the drama «I Am Sam». She is also famous for such pictures as «Hounddog», three films of «The Twilight Saga», the TV show «The Alienist» and others.
Childhood and FamilyDakota was born into a family of athletes on February 23, 1994. Her father, Steve Fanning, played for St. Louis Cardinals, a basketball team from the Little League. When he retired from sports, he took the job of a salesman in an electronics store. Her mother, Heather Joy, was a professional tennis player. Her grandfather on the mother’s side, Rick Arrington, was a quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
First RolesSince 2000, Dakota has regularly appeared in commercials and TV shows alike. She appeared in «Emergency Room», «Spin City», «The Ellen Show», «Ally McBeal». She received only bit parts, but it was an invaluable experience. The most remarkable shooting for her was the shooting of «Emergency Room». She played a car accident victim who also had leukemia. The shooting of episodes with Dakota has been lasting for 2 days during which she had to wear a cervical collar and walk around with tubes in her nose.
Her professionalism was becoming more apparent, and she started to get more serious roles and big-name partners. Thus, in 2004, she played with Denzel Washington in the film «Man on Fire» in which she again played a kidnapped girl whose bodyguard had to take her away from a Mexican drug cartel.
Flourishing in CareerIn 2007, the drama «Hounddog» starring Dakota was released. The audience believes that that moment was the start of her «mature» career. After release, the picture «Hounddog» faced slashing criticism for the rape scene of Fanning’s character. «But it’s the filming it’s not real. It’s called acting», the actress tried to explain to all critics. Despite the fact that the picture was the box-office flop, a critic Roger Ebert mentioned Dakota’s acting. He compared Fanning to a young Jodie Foster in the film «Taxi Driver» by Martin Scorsese.
Modeling CareerIn 2007, Fanning presented clothing from Marc Jacobs’ collection. Four years later, the actress became the face of the advertising campaign of Oh Lola perfume by Marc Jacobs.
Private Life of Dakota FanningThe girl doesn’t like to talk about her private life. «I don’t like to wash somebody’s dirty linen in public», she shared in one interview. But she won’t hide her boyfriends’ names behind seven veils.
In 2009, she dated a British actor Freddie Highmore a short while then she had her first serious relationship with a Canadian actor Cameron Bright who played her brother in «The Twilight Saga». In 2012, the couple broke up. At the exact same time when the last part of «The Twilight Saga» was released.