Born: Apr. 30, 1982 Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA
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Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey on April 30th, 1982, Kirsten Dunst began appearing in commercials when she was three years old.
She made her feature debut in 1989’s New York Stories, playing Mia Farrow’s daughter in Oedipus Wrecks, the segment of that film directed by Woody Allen. She also appeared in TV shows like Sisters (where she had a recurring role) and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Kirsten really caught the public’s attention in 1994 when, at age eleven, she appeared opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Neil Jordan’s Interview With the Vampire. Though the film received mixed reviews, critics loved Dunst and she won several critics awards and a Golden Globe nomination. That same year she worked opposite Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon in Little Women.
She worked with Robin Williams in 1995’s Jumanji and had a recurring TV role as a runaway opposite George Clooney during ER’s 1996-1997 season. She did voice work for the animated film Anastasia and played the mock Albanian refugee in the political satire Wag the Dog, which starred Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Switching easily between film and television, in 1998 Dunst appeared in the Lifetime network’s Fifteen and Pregnant and the big screen’s Strike!.
In 1999, Kirsten worked on her comic timing in the beauty pageant comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous (with Denise Richards) and in the “teens meet Nixon” comedy Dick.
Dunst also went through her teen sex symbol phase, playing a cheerleader in Bring It On and continuing the trend in 2001’s Get Over It. She went from teen comedies to angst-ridden dramas playing a rebellious sister in Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut The Virgin Suicides and a troubled daughter in 2001’s crazy/beautiful.
Dunst’s star continued to burn brighter as she easily moved from playing Mary Jane Watson to Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker in the comic book action flick Spider-Man to her role as Marion Davies in Peter Bogdonavitch’s The Cat’s Meow.
In 2004, she appeared in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Jim Carrey and re-teamed with Tobey Maguire for Spider-Man 2. That same year she also appeared with Paul Bettany in the romantic comedy Wimbledon.
In 2005, she teamed up with Orlando Bloom in Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown and starred in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette in 2006. She and Tobey Maguire then teamed up with director Sam Raimi for 2007’s Spider-Man 3.
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