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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 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 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) and a powerful...

Few actresses garnered as much attention at an early age, or maintained as robust a career as 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 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) and a powerful starring role on the second season of the anthology crime drama "Fargo" (FX 2014- ), along with strong supporting work in the hit "Hidden Figures" (2016) and Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" (2017). 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.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Woodshock (2017)
2.
 Beguiled, The (2017)
3.
 Midnight Special (2016)
4.
 Hidden Figures (2016)
5.
6.
 Red Light Winter (2013)
7.
 Cities (2012)
8.
 Bachelorette (2012)
9.
 Melancholia (2011)
10.
 All Good Things (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1993:
Episodic TV debut, guesting on two episodes of NBC drama series "Sisters" in role of Kitten Margolis
2008:
Joined ensemble of "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"
1993:
Made TV movie debut with small role in NBC drama "Darkness Before Dawn"
1996:
Appeared in two-part CBS drama "Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy" as Sara Weaver
2003:
Cast in drama feature "Levity"
1998:
Starred as an expectant teenager in Lifetime movie "Fifteen and Pregnant"
2004:
Starred as tennis pro Lizzie Bradbury opposite Paul Bettany in romantic comedy "Wimbledon"
1998:
Co-starred in "Small Soldiers" and "Strike/The Hairy Bird"
1999:
Played a beauty queen contestant in mock documentary "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2005:
Cast as a quick-witted flight attendant in Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" opposite Orlando Bloom
1992:
Moved with family to Los Angeles
1997:
Voiced title character as a girl for Fox animated feature "Anastasia"
2001:
Cast as a troubled rich girl who falls for her Hispanic classmate in "crazy/beautiful"
1996:
Made TV series debut with recurring role on hit NBC medical drama "ER"
2007:
Once again teamed with Tobey Mcguire and director Sam Raimi to play Mary Jane for "Spider-Man 3"
2001:
Portrayed Marion Davies in "The Cat's Meow"
2004:
Reprised role as Mary Jane for "Spider-Man 2"
2003:
Starred as conservative college student Betty Warren opposite Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile"
1999:
Teamed with Michelle Williams as two high school students who stumble onto Watergate scandal in comedy feature "Dick"
2010:
Joined Ryan Gosling for romantic drama "All Good Things"
2012:
Co-starred with Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, and Rebel Wilson in "Bachelorette"
2012:
Co-starred with Jim Sturgess in futuristic love story "Upside Down"
2017:
Starred in the thriller "Woodshock"
2017:
Had an uncredited cameo on an episode of "Black Mirror"
2018:
Portrayed Agatha Christie on an episode of "Drunk History"
1995:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in box office hit "Jumanji"
1994:
Landed breakthrough role of Claudia in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt
2000:
Portrayed the captain of a high school cheer squad in "Bring It On"
2002:
Cast as Mary Jane Watson, the girlfriend of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi directed "Spider-Man"
2004:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey and Mark Ruffalo in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
1997:
Played amusing supporting role as a child actress drafted to play an Albanian refugee in "Wag the Dog"
1989:
Made feature film debut in "Oedipus Wrecks," the Woody Allen directed segment of anthology feature "New York Stories"
2006:
Portrayed title role in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" opposite Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI
1999:
Starred in Sofia Coppola's feature directorial debut "The Virgin Suicides"
2011:
Played a depressed woman in Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"
2012:
Portrayed Beat Generation writer Carolyn Cassady in feature adaptation of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
2007:
Made writing and directorial debut with drama short "Welcome"
2015:
Became a star of the acclaimed series "Fargo"
2016:
Co-starred in sci-fi drama "Midnight Special"
2016:
Cast in historical biopic "Hidden Figures"
2017:
Starred as Edwina in Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled"
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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

Companions close complete companion listing

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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Family close complete family listing

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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