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Also Known As: Kirsten Caroline Dunst Died:
Born: April 30, 1982 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, model

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Few actresses garnered as much attention at an early age, or maintained as robust a career as actress Kirsten Dunst. Thrust into the spotlight at the age of 12 for her lauded performance as an eternally childlike ghoul in "Interview with the Vampire" (1994), she became one of film's brightest young stars with work in further projects like "Little Women" (1994), "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999), "The Virgin Suicides" (1999) and "Bring It On" (2000). She made the often difficult transition from teen star to leading lady in such films as "The Cat's Meow" (2001), only to hit box-office pay dirt as one of the stars of the immensely successful comic book franchise "Spider-Man" (2002) and its two equally profitable sequels. Independent efforts like director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" (2006) proved she was still willing and able to contribute to more modest fare, either as part of an ensemble or as its star. After a brief stint in rehab to deal with clinical depression and nearly two years away from a major motion picture project, Dunst came back stronger than ever with a stunning performance in director Lars von...

Few actresses garnered as much attention at an early age, or maintained as robust a career as actress Kirsten Dunst. Thrust into the spotlight at the age of 12 for her lauded performance as an eternally childlike ghoul in "Interview with the Vampire" (1994), she became one of film's brightest young stars with work in further projects like "Little Women" (1994), "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999), "The Virgin Suicides" (1999) and "Bring It On" (2000). She made the often difficult transition from teen star to leading lady in such films as "The Cat's Meow" (2001), only to hit box-office pay dirt as one of the stars of the immensely successful comic book franchise "Spider-Man" (2002) and its two equally profitable sequels. Independent efforts like director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" (2006) proved she was still willing and able to contribute to more modest fare, either as part of an ensemble or as its star. After a brief stint in rehab to deal with clinical depression and nearly two years away from a major motion picture project, Dunst came back stronger than ever with a stunning performance in director Lars von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia" (2011). No longer a child star, and having proven herself as more than a mere flash in the pan, Dunst was well on her way to establishing herself as one of film's most talented actresses of any age.

Born Kirsten Caroline Dunst on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, NJ, she was the daughter of Klaus and Inez Dunst - the former, a German-born executive; the latter, an artist and gallery owner of Swedish descent. At the age of three, Inez began to take her personable and Kewpie doll-cute three year old daughter to auditions, resulting in Kirsten's professional debut in a cereal commercial in 1985. Landing a contract with the Ford Modeling Agency shortly thereafter, the toddler went on to more work in commercials, in print and even an appearance as George H. W. Bush's (Dana Carvey) granddaughter on a "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) skit in 1988. Dunst made her feature film debut at the age of seven with a small role in the Woody Allen segment of "New York Stories" (1989), a triptych of Big Apple-themed vignettes directed by Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. From that prestigious first outing she went on to a small role in the disastrous Tom Hanks-Bruce Willis adaptation of Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), as well as another cameo on "SNL."

By now it was clear to Dunst's mother - who had recently separated from her husband - that her daughter's prospects as an actress held real possibilities. Moving to the suburban environs of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley in 1991, Inez rolled the dice on just how far her daughter's natural talent and charm would take her. The gamble appeared solid when Dunst picked up television roles in the cautionary tale of drug addiction "Darkness Before Dawn" (NBC, 1993) and on the family drama "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96). Everything changed, however, after Dunst reportedly beat out fellow child actress Christina Ricci for the coveted role of Claudia in director Neil Jordan's highly-anticipated interpretation of novelist Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" (1994). Her eerily-mature performance as an ageless, blood-drinking woman-child, opposite leading men Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, proved to be one of the more consistently praised aspects of the gothic-horror film, earning Dunst her first Golden Globe nomination. Following up with the role of Amy, the self-indulgent youngest of the March sisters in "Little Woman" (1994), opposite Winona Ryder and Claire Danes, Dunst again garnered much of the film's praise and placed herself firmly on the list of young stars to watch.

A wide variety of film and television projects continued to come the versatile young actress' way, with prominent appearances alongside Robin Williams in the family fantasy-adventure "Jumanji" (1995), as well as with Randy Quaid and Laura Dern in the based-on-fact television movie "The Siege at Ruby Ridge" (CBS, 1996). One of the few actresses in her age group with the ability to take on the demands of edgier characters, Dunst impressed with a recurring role as a child prostitute taken under the wing of Dr. Ross (George Clooney) during the 1996-97 season of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Amidst a plethora of other TV roles, she appeared in features like the political satire "Wag the Dog" (1997), voiced the younger version of the title character in the animated historical adventure-drama "Anastasia" (1997) and played the titular young heroine in Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's animated fantasy "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1998). As the decade drew to a close, Dunst was emerging as one of the more recognizable, as well as adaptable, faces in Hollywood, with turns in projects like the dark teen beauty pageant satire "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999) and the quirky comedy "Dick" (1999), in which she and Michelle Williams played best friends who inadvertently alter the course of President Nixon's ill-fated administration.

It was another film that same year, however, which allowed Dunst to demonstrate the full extent of her impressive acting abilities. In writer-director Sofia Coppola's directorial debut "The Virgin Suicides" (1999), Dunst was equally charming and tragic as Lux, the eldest sister of the enigmatic Lisbon sisters. Making a thematic about-face with her choice of projects, she went on to play the plucky captain of an ambitious cheerleading squad in the multiplex hit, "Bring It On" (2000), and displayed girl-next-door charm in the teen romance "Get Over It" (2001). The pair of youth-oriented films made her one of the most popular actresses of the MTV generation, verified by an offer to co-host the MTV Movie Awards alongside Jimmy Fallon in 2001. Having recently graduated from the private Catholic school, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA the actress appropriately began seeking out more adult film roles. First came a starring turn as Marion Davies, Golden Era ingénue and mistress of William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann) in director Peter Bogdanovich's "The Cat's Meow" (2001), a fictionalized account of the events surrounding the suspicious death of director Thomas Ince (Cary Elwes).

Having comfortably worked largely within the world of independent films for most of her recent career, Dunst jumped head first into Hollywood blockbusters when she signed on to play Mary Jane Watson, the vivacious love-interest of "Spider-Man" (2002). Mary Jane's against-the-odds romance with reluctant superhero-in-the-making Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), helped give the comic book adventure the heart and romance it needed to become one of the biggest commercial successes of the decade. Her chemistry with co-star Maguire was palpable - they were reportedly romantically involved for a time during the film's production - and much to the delight of Sony Pictures, she had signed on for a minimum of two sequels. In an effort to maintain some artistic equilibrium, Dunst continued to work in smaller, more intimate affairs like the ensemble dramas "Levity" (2003) and "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003). Her supporting turn alongside Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in director Michel Gondry's existential romantic-drama "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) the following year did much to bolster her indie credentials. On the personal front, Dunst and beau Jake Gyllenhaal, who had been dating for two years, ended their Hollywood storybook romance in 2004, a break-up covered breathlessly for weeks in the tabloids.

The eagerly awaited sequel "Spider-Man 2" (2004) was also released that year, and proved to be one of the rare exceptions where the second film lived up to the expectations set by the first. Watson and Parker's ongoing, trouble-plagued love affair greatly contributed to the continuing popularity of the franchise. Dunst's non-superhero forays at the time faired less well, in particular her turn opposite Paul Bettany in the tennis romance "Wimbledon" (2004), followed by the poorly-received Cameron Crowe romantic-comedy "Elizabethtown" (2005), co-starring Orlando Bloom. Her eponymous role as "Marie Antoinette" (2006), which reteamed her with Sofia Coppola, was nominally more successful with fans and reviewers, but was hardly the indie sensation "Virgin Suicides" had been. The box-office bonanza that was "Spider-Man 3" (2007), however, kept her at the top of the Hollywood heap, despite the complaints by some fans and critics that the franchise had lost its way. The pressure of living her entire childhood, adolescence and early adulthood in the Hollywood fishbowl may have begun to take its toll on Dunst, who announced that she would be taking a break from her steady film schedule to pursue her interest in art for a time shortly after the film's premiere.

After working with comedic actor Simon Pegg in the little-seen comedy "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" (2008), Dunst set off a flurry of speculation when she checked herself into Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah in February of that year. Upon leaving the facility in the spring, she publicly set the record straight on her stint in rehab, stating that it was for treatment of depression, not drugs or alcohol, as many in the press had postulated. Almost immediately, she was back to work in the based-on-fact thriller "All Good Things" (2010), as the wife of a man (Ryan Gosling) implicated in her murder 20 years after her sudden disappearance. Although filmed in 2008, the film was not released until 2010, and during that time Dunst remained largely out of the spotlight. Although she had said that she would consider a fourth Spider-Man film, provided the return of director Sam Raimi and co-star Maguire, Sony Pictures announced their intentions to completely reboot the franchise with an all-new cast and director. After two years of being away from film, Dunst made her triumphant return as the star of controversial director Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" (2011). Her role as a deeply depressed woman whose wedding day is overshadowed by Earth's imminent destruction not only garnered Dunst the Best Actress Award at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, but some of the best critical notices of her career.

By Bryce Coleman

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 Midnight Special (2014)
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 Red Light Winter (2013)
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 Bachelorette (2012)
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 Cities (2012)
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 Melancholia (2011)
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 All Good Things (2010)
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 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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 Marie Antoinette (2006)
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Grew up in New York City
1985:
Began acting at age three, at first on TV commercials
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Signed to Ford Modeling Agency
1989:
Made feature film debut in "Oedipus Wrecks," the Woody Allen directed segment of anthology feature "New York Stories"
1992:
Moved with family to Los Angeles
1993:
Made TV movie debut with small role in NBC drama "Darkness Before Dawn"
1993:
Episodic TV debut, guesting on two episodes of NBC drama series "Sisters" in role of Kitten Margolis
1994:
Landed breakthrough role of Claudia in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt
1995:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in box office hit "Jumanji"
1996:
Appeared in two-part CBS drama "Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy" as Sara Weaver
1996:
Made TV series debut with recurring role on hit NBC medical drama "ER"
1997:
Voiced title character as a girl for Fox animated feature "Anastasia"
1997:
Played amusing supporting role as a child actress drafted to play an Albanian refugee in "Wag the Dog"
1998:
Starred as an expectant teenager in Lifetime movie "Fifteen and Pregnant"
1998:
Co-starred in "Small Soldiers" and "Strike/The Hairy Bird"
1999:
Starred in Sofia Coppola's feature directorial debut "The Virgin Suicides"
1999:
Played a beauty queen contestant in mock documentary "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
1999:
Teamed with Michelle Williams as two high school students who stumble onto Watergate scandal in comedy feature "Dick"
2000:
Portrayed the captain of a high school cheer squad in "Bring It On"
2001:
Cast as a troubled rich girl who falls for her Hispanic classmate in "crazy/beautiful"
2001:
Portrayed Marion Davies in "The Cat's Meow"
2002:
Cast as Mary Jane Watson, the girlfriend of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi directed "Spider-Man"
2003:
Cast in drama feature "Levity"
2003:
Starred as conservative college student Betty Warren opposite Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile"
2004:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey and Mark Ruffalo in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
2004:
Reprised role as Mary Jane for "Spider-Man 2"
2004:
Starred as tennis pro Lizzie Bradbury opposite Paul Bettany in romantic comedy "Wimbledon"
2005:
Cast as a quick-witted flight attendant in Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" opposite Orlando Bloom
2006:
Portrayed title role in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" opposite Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI
2007:
Once again teamed with Tobey Mcguire and director Sam Raimi to play Mary Jane for "Spider-Man 3"
2007:
Made writing and directorial debut with drama short "Welcome"
2008:
Joined ensemble of "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"
2010:
Joined Ryan Gosling for romantic drama "All Good Things"
2011:
Played a depressed woman in Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"
2012:
Co-starred with Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, and Rebel Wilson in "Bachelorette"
2012:
Portrayed Beat Generation writer Carolyn Cassady in feature adaptation of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
2012:
Co-starred with Jim Sturgess in futuristic love story "Upside Down"
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Education

Notre Dame High School: Sherman Oaks , California -
Ranney School: Tinton Falls , New Jersey -

Notes

There is an official Kirsten Dunst website located at www.kirsten-dunst.com

"Just because I've been working doesn't mean I'm growing up faster than other kids my age. I'm not like Claudia at all--she's in a lot of pain, and I'm enjoying my life, and she's a lot more seductive and mature than I am. And plus, she's a vampire, and I'm not." --Kirsten Dunst in New York Newsday, November 15, 1994.

"There seems to be the experience of a 35-year-old actress in the body of this little girl." --Tom Cruise on the ability of Dunst in People, November 28, 1994.

"I was offered 'Now and Then', but they wanted me to gain weight for it. I didn't want to ruin my figure. It wasn't worth it." --Kirsten Dunst to Entertainment Weekly, December 29, 1995.

"I can't judge my films. I pretty much think they're all bad. I think this is a movie-movie, you know what I mean? It's period and pretty and it has a message...It could have been darker. Actually, my husband [in the film] was originally supposed to be gay, but I think they thought that would be too much...I'm not saying our movie is a stupid film. But it's pretty safe."---Kirsten on her movie "Mona Lisa Smile to Entertainment Weekly November 14, 2003

"They made her boobs gigantic. I said, 'Tone down the boobs, please!' It was a little ridiculous."---Dunst on her Mary Jane character in the Spider-Man video game US April 19, 2004

"I don't have a problem with nudity at all," says Dunst, who has yet to do a nude scene. "I would never do it for a comedy... I would only do it if maybe Pedro Almodovar were directing. But I would do it if it were a beautiful poetic film."---Dunst on how she feels about nudity in films to Premiere July/August 2004

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companion:
Jake Hoffman. Dating as of 1998; son of actor Dustin Hoffman with whom Dunst co-starred in "Wag the Dog" (1997).
companion:
Ben Foster. Actor. Appeared together in "Get Over It" (2001); no longer together.
companion:
Tobey Maguire. Actor. Reportedly became romantically involved during filming of "Spider-Man" in 2001.
companion:
Jake Gyllenhaal. Actor. Began dating Fall of 2002; introduced by Jake's sister Maggie Gyllenhaal; announced breakup in July of 2004; rumored to be dating again October 2004.
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father:
Klaus Dunst. Medical services executive. Stationed in New Jersey while the rest of his family lives on the west coast; separated from Dunst's mother.
mother:
Inez Dunst. Former art gallery owner. Separated from Dunst's father.
brother:
Christian Dunst. Born c. 1987.

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