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Kirsten Dunst



One of the leading actors of her generation, Kirsten Dunst made her name in teen films without succumbing to entrapment in the teen film ghetto. Skinny, blonde, and possessing a charmingly crooked Pepsodent smile, she has repeatedly demonstrated her talent and charisma in projects ranging from kiddie comedies to high school romances to towering summer blockbusters.

Born in Point Pleasant, NJ, on April 30, 1982, Dunst first appeared in front of a camera at the age of three, when she became a Ford model and commercial actor. She continued to model and do commercials until 1989, when she made her film debut in Woody Allen's New York Stories. Her uncredited role led to a part as Tom Hanks' daughter in the infamously troubled 1990 adaptation of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities.



Three years later, Dunst got her first big break when director Neil Jordan chose her over 5,000 hopefuls for the role of Claudia, the child vampire in his 1994 adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. Dunst made a big impact on audiences and critics alike with her portrayal of a woman trapped eternally in the body of an 11-year-old, kissing co-star Brad Pitt, and gorging herself on human and animal blood. That same year, Dunst also appeared alongside Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon in Gillian Armstrong's adaptation of Little Women; the combined success of these two movies propelled Dunst to the top of the child-actor hierarchy, in terms of both bankability and exposure.



Dunst followed up with a lead role in the Robin Williams action-fantasy Jumanji (1995), and lent her voice to a few animated features, including Disney's Anastasia (1997). She also had a brief but memorable turn as a refugee from a war-torn country in Barry Levinson's highly praised satire Wag the Dog (1997).



1999 marked a turning point in Dunst's career, as she began appearing in films that cast her as a young woman instead of a precocious child. She starred as a small-town beauty queen contestant in the satirical comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous and as one of two teenage girls (the other played by Michelle Williams) who unwittingly uncover the Watergate scandal in Dick, another satirical comedy. Dunst further lived up to her title as one of Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 with her leading role as the sexually rebellious Lux in Sofia Coppola's acclaimed adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Virgin Suicides (1999). Her work in the film proved to be a critical breakthrough for Dunst, whom critics praised for her portrayal of the conflicted, headstrong character.



Dunst subsequently did her bit for the high school comedy-romance genre, starring as a cheerleader in Bring It On (2000), and as another teen queen in Get Over It (2001); she also forsake makeup and a hairdresser for her role as the archetypal poor little rich girl in crazy/beautiful (2001), a teen romantic drama.



Subsequently cast as the actress Marion Davies in Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow, Dunst got her first shot at playing a grown woman. She garnered praise for her work in the period drama, but any notice she received was quickly eclipsed by the maelstrom of publicity surrounding her starring role as Mary Jane Watson, true love of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi's big-budget adaptation of Spider-Man. Playing opposite Tobey Maguire as the web-spinning superhero, Dunst spent a lot of the movie running around as a damsel in distress, but there was nothing distressing about the 110-million dollars the film grossed in its opening weekend, breaking new box-office records and catapulting both Dunst and Maguire into the rarefied realm of full-fledged movie stars. She would stick with the franchise as it became a trilogy, and she became a bigger star than ever before.



Even though Spider-Man gave her a great deal of box-office clout, Dunst would continue to appear in more independent minded films as the years wore on as well. Whi

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Beguiled
  • Edwina Dabney
2017
92% Hidden Figures
  • Vivian Mitchell
2017
83% Midnight Special
  • Sarah
2016
82% The Two Faces of January
  • Colette MacFarland
2014
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy
  • Actor
2013
27% Upside Down
  • Eden
2013
43% On the Road
  • Camille/Carolyn Cassady
2012
57% Bachelorette
  • Regan
2012
No Score Yet Charm
  • Actor
2012
79% Melancholia
  • Justine
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Metal Chick
2011
33% All Good Things
  • Katie Marks
2010
No Score Yet Bastard
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
37% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  • Alison Olsen
2008
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Mary Jane Watson
2007
55% Marie Antoinette
  • Marie Antoinette
2006
28% Elizabethtown
  • Claire Colburn
2005
No Score Yet Making the Amazing (Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2)
  • Actor
2004
60% Wimbledon
  • Lizzie Bradbury
2004
7% Kaena: The Prophecy
  • Kaena
2004
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Mary Jane Watson
2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • Mary
2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
35% Mona Lisa Smile
  • Betty Warren
2003
35% Levity
  • Sofia Mellinger
2003
89% Spider-Man
  • Mary Jane Watson
2002
20% Deeply
  • Silly
2001
75% The Cat's Meow
  • Marion Davies
2001
63% Crazy/Beautiful
  • Nicole Oakley
2001
44% Get Over It
  • Kelly Woods
2001
No Score Yet Luckytown
  • Lidda
2001
No Score Yet Lover's Prayer
  • Zinaida
2000
63% Bring It On
  • Torrance Shipman
2000
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Lux Lisbon
2000
22% The Crow - Salvation
  • Erin Randall
2000
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Actor
1999
70% Dick
  • Betsy Jobs
1999
44% Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Amber Atkins
1999
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Hannah Stern
1999
67% Strike!
  • Verena von Stefan
1998
No Score Yet The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Becky Thatcher (voice)
1998
48% Small Soldiers
  • Christy Fimple
1998
No Score Yet Fifteen and Pregnant
  • Tina Spangler
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Tracy Lime
1997
85% Anastasia
  • Young Anastasia
1997
No Score Yet Tower of Terror
  • Anna
1997
No Score Yet Corazón Franco
  • Bonnie
1997
No Score Yet Stories from My Childhood
  • Actor
1996
64% Mother Night
  • Resi Noth
1996
No Score Yet Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy
  • Sara Weaver
1996
No Score Yet Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories From My Childhood - Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet
  • Actor
1996
48% Jumanji
  • Judy Shepherd
1995
90% Little Women
  • Younger Amy March
1994
61% Interview with the Vampire
  • Claudia
1994
29% Greedy
  • Jolene
1994
No Score Yet Darkness Before Dawn
  • Sandra (age 8)
1993
No Score Yet High Strung
  • Young Girl
1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Campbell McCoy
1990
96% Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Kiki
1989
73% New York Stories
  • Actor
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Hedril
No Score Yet Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Charlie
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
97% Portlandia
2011
  • Actor
98% Fargo
2014-2015
  • Peggy Blomquist
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Gun
1997
  • Actor
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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