Elle Fanning

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Elle Fanning (Mary Elle Fanning)
Real name:
Mary Elle Fanning
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(26 y.o.)
Place of birth:
Conyers, Georgia, U.S.
5'7 ft ()
110 lb (50 kg)
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Elle Fanning Biography

Elle Fanning is an American model and actress known for her roles in movies like "The Neon Demon", "20th Century Women", and "Maleficent", among others. She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning.
Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning
Standing tall at 5'8" (174 cm), Elle Fanning has been modeling since her childhood. She has graced the covers of Japanese "Vogue", "Porter", and "Interview" magazines, collaborated with the French cosmetic company L’Oréal, and participated in numerous fashion shows across Europe, Asia, and the USA.

Early Life

Mary Elle Fanning was born on April 9, 1998, in the small town of Conyers, Georgia. Her mother, Heather Joy (maiden name Arrington), is a professional tennis player. Her father, Steven J. Fanning, once played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and later pursued a career as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles. In 2016, news broke out that her parents were getting divorced after 27 years of marriage.
Mary Elle Fanning as a child
Mary Elle Fanning as a child
Other members of the Fanning family are also associated with sports. Her maternal grandfather, Rick Arrington, was a renowned American football player, and her aunt, Jill Arrington, is a sports reporter for ESPN. Only Elle and her older sister Dakota chose acting over sports.
Elle has a mix of many nationalities in her lineage
Elle has a mix of many nationalities in her lineage
The actress's angelic looks come from her diverse heritage, which includes German, Irish, English, and French ancestors. As for her name, her parents couldn't agree on one: her mother suggested Mary, while her father preferred Elle. Like her older sister Hannah Dakota Fanning, Elle uses only her middle name professionally.

Film Career

Elle Fanning started acting at three years old: in the mini-series "Taken" and the movie "I Am Sam" she played the younger version of the character portrayed by her sister Dakota. In 2002, at the age of four, Fanning appeared without her sister for the first time, landing a role in Steve Carr's comedy "Daddy Day Care" alongside Eddie Murphy.
Elle and Dakota Fanning as children
Elle and Dakota Fanning as children
Hollywood quickly recognized her impressive acting talent. Soon after, Elle was cast in the serious drama "The Door in the Floor" with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. Initially, the filmmakers intended to use twins who could alternate during long and challenging scenes. However, they were so impressed with Fanning that they immediately chose her for the role.
A scene from 'The Door in the Floor'
A scene from 'The Door in the Floor'
In 2004, Elle and Dakota voiced the main characters, sisters Mei and Satsuki, in the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's animated film "My Neighbor Totoro." Elle might have appeared in the comedy "Charlotte's Web" (2006) where Dakota played the role of a farmer's daughter alongside a pig, but her scenes were cut.
Dakota and Elle Fanning - My Neighbor Totoro
In mid-2005, Elle worked with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett on the Oscar-winning drama "Babel." She then appeared in the movie "Déjà Vu" with Denzel Washington, the psychological thriller "The Nines," and the mini-series "The Lost Room."
Elle Fanning has been acting in films since the age of three
Elle Fanning has been acting in films since the age of three
By the end of 2006, Fanning began landing leading roles. Her first was as Emma Warner in the thriller "Reservation Road." The film addresses the aftermath of a tragic car accident in which Emma's brother dies. The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly, and Mark Ruffalo.
Elle Fanning in «Reservation Road»
Subsequent leading roles followed in the indie film "Phoebe in Wonderland" and the fairy-tale film by Andrei Konchalovsky, "The Nutcracker in 3D."
A scene from 'The Nutcracker 3D'
A scene from 'The Nutcracker 3D'
In March 2008, Fanning and her sister Dakota were supposed to play the main roles in Nick Cassavetes' drama "My Sister's Keeper," the author of "The Notebook," but the opportunity was missed. Dakota declined the project as she didn't want to shave her head for the role. They were quickly replaced by Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva.

In 2009, Fanning starred in Sofia Coppola's comedy-drama "Somewhere." The film focuses on a "bad boy", a young Hollywood actor (Stephen Dorff), who reevaluates his life values after meeting his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning). The movie won the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice Film Festival.
Elle Fanning ice skating scene from Somewhere 2010
By the end of 2010, Elle worked with Sofia Coppola's father, the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, on his horror film "Twixt," portraying the ghost V.
Elle Fanning in the horror movie 'Between'
Elle Fanning in the horror movie 'Between'
The following year, she appeared in J.J. Abrams' sci-fi film "Super 8," about a group of kids dealing with mysterious events in their small town. The Telegraph praised Fanning's performance as one of the movie's best aspects. In December 2011, the young actress starred in the comedy-drama "We Bought a Zoo." She played Lily, a 13-year-old girl who works at the zoo's restaurant and lives with her aunt Kelly (Scarlett Johansson).
A scene from «We Bought A Zoo»
In September 2012, Fanning co-starred with Alice Englert in the drama "Ginger & Rosa," set in 1962 London. Her role deeply impressed critics and viewers. The New York Times remarked her performance had the strength, brilliance, and technical precision associated with Meryl Streep, "It's scary how good she is and hard to imagine what's beyond her reach."
Ginger & Rosa Official Trailer
In 2014, Elle starred alongside Angelina Jolie in Walt Disney's fantasy action film "Maleficent," directed by Robert Stromberg. Jolie played the sorceress Maleficent, and Fanning played Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty. Her stardom didn't stop there. The next year, Fanning appeared in the biographical drama "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston and the drama "3 Generations" with Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon, portraying a young transgender individual.
Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie
Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie
In 2016, she took the lead role in Nicolas Winding Refn's psychological thriller "The Neon Demon." Elle plays an emerging model in Los Angeles who experiences unprecedented success and the envy of her peers. The film contains scenes hinting at necrophilia, cannibalism, and pedophilia, yet according to critics, none of this detracts from the film's fairy-tale nature.
The Neon Demon Official Trailer
That same year, Elle appeared in Mike Mills' "20th Century Women," about a group of women tackling their issues independently. She also starred in Ben Affleck's renowned drama "Live by Night" alongside Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper.

In 2017, Fanning appeared in Sean Christensen's drama "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall" and John Cameron Mitchell's sci-fi romance "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" (based on a short story by Neil Gaiman). The actress also starred in Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" and the Irish-American film "Mary Shelley" (also titled "A Storm in the Stars"), which chronicles the life of the English writer who authored "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus".
Mary Elle Fanning
Mary Elle Fanning
In January 2018, the movie "I Think We're Alone Now" by Reed Morano premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, featuring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage in the lead roles.

On October 18, 2018, Mélanie Laurent's drama "Galveston" was released. It tells the story of a former mob enforcer (Ben Foster) who, while on the run, encounters a young prostitute (Elle Fanning).
In January 2019, Elle was seen in the musical drama "Teen Spirit" about an aspiring singer from the Isle of Wight dreaming of conquering the big stage. That year, she also appeared in Woody Allen's romantic comedy "A Rainy Day in New York" alongside Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, and Kelly Rohrbach. Additionally, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" was released, featuring new cast members Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Opening Scene of A Rainy Day in New York
In 2020, Elle took on the lead role in the comedy series "The Great", portraying Russian Empress Catherine II. Director Tony McNamara approached Fanning to read the script, and she was ecstatic: "I'm so lucky! Tony is simply the best: the best guy, the best writer, an extraordinary genius".
Elle Fanning in the series 'The Great'
Elle Fanning in the series 'The Great'
Elle worked alongside Nicholas Hoult, whom she already knew well. This familiarity made their experiences on set all the more enjoyable amidst the on-set absurdities.
I played a mix, a mashup. I wanted to create my own version of Catherine, based naturally on Tony's vision. «The Great» takes quite a few liberties with facts. Of course, much of what the audience sees is true, but one of the main objectives was to turn the history into something more entertaining and reflective of today's narrative. My Catherine's actions are a paraphrase of today's issues, like the fight for women's rights. I even feel I created a true feminist icon.
That same year, Elle played one of the main roles in Sally Potter's drama "The Roads Not Taken" and the romantic comedy "All the Bright Places", working alongside Justice Smith.
Elle Fanning in the movie 'All the Bright Places'
Elle Fanning in the movie 'All the Bright Places'

Elle Fanning's Personal Life

In 2014, Elle Fanning started a serious relationship with a young man named Dylan Beck. After a year, the couple broke up, and Elle was seen with other guys. However, she and Dylan soon reconciled, and their relationship lasted almost three years.
Elle Fanning and Dylan Beck
Elle Fanning and Dylan Beck
In the summer of 2018, paparazzi spotted Elle with "The Handmaid's Tale" star, 32-year-old actor Max Minghella. They met while filming "Teen Spirit," which Minghella directed and wrote.
Elle Fanning and Max Minghella
Elle Fanning and Max Minghella
In 2019, they made their debut as a couple on the red carpet, but they mostly kept their relationship private, rarely sharing personal details in public. Many of Elle's fans were concerned about their 12-year age gap. However, a close insider once mentioned to reporters, "The age difference isn't an issue at all. Elle admires Max's maturity and intelligence. He's really smart and has a great passion for art."

During the pandemic, the couple grew even closer and seemed to be heading towards marriage. But in April 2023, Fanning gave an interview to Harper's Bazaar, revealing she had recently split up and was now single. "I'd like to play Grace Kelly. And have children. But I'm a hopeless romantic. I believe in love at first sight. Call me crazy, but I trust these feelings. I feel it's my destiny," Elle shared in the interview.

Elle Fanning Now

In 2023, the actress was busy filming Barry Levinson's movie "Francis and The Godfather." The drama focuses on the challenges faced by the film crew led by Francis Ford Coppola (Oscar Isaac) during the shooting of the first "The Godfather." Elle Fanning portrays actress Ali MacGraw. Although MacGraw did not star in "The Godfather," she was married to Robert Evans, the head of Paramount at the time.
Elle Fanning got the role of Ali MacGraw
Elle Fanning got the role of Ali MacGraw
Additionally, the Fanning sisters reunited to star in the drama "The Nightingale," based on the novel by Kristin Hannah. They play the Mauriac sisters, French women surviving the occupation during World War II.

  • Fanning increasingly began to appear in films and it makes me happy, it is pleasant to look at her and plays norms. It was interesting to read about her formation
    2021-04-25 13:27:22
  • She showed herself well in Maleficent, this is already a good impetus for the future, plus she met Jolie :)) She will surely find «her» role with an angelic appearance that will make her famous.
    2021-04-24 15:31:08
  • Oh, I think Elle will be good at climbing the career ladder in the cinema, because she is really good at getting into the role
    2021-04-05 13:51:22
  • After Maleficent I just fell in love with this actress, I like her sweet appearance
    2021-02-26 20:17:24
  • She starred in The Neon Demon, a very cool film, like a thriller, I watched from beginning to end in tension.
    2021-02-17 13:29:25