FACTS ABOUT KIRSTEN DUNST
|Date of Birth:||30 April 1982|
|Birthplace:||Point Pleasant, New Jersey|
|Height:||5' 5?" (166 cm)|
|Claim to Fame:||Mary-Jane on Spider-Man|
|Alternative Names:||Kiki, Kristen Dunst|
BIOGRAPHY FOR KIRSTEN DUNST
Kirsten Caroline Dunst (born Apr. 30, 1982 (29 years ago)) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her movie debut in Oedipus Wrecks, a short movie directed by Woody Allen for the anthology New York Stories (1989, 22 years ago). At the age of 12, Dunst gained widespread recognition playing the role of vampire Claudia in Interview with the Vampire (1994, 17 years ago). She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for this performance. That same year she appeared in Little Women, to further acclaim.
Dunst achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man trilogy. Since then her movies have included the romantic comedy Wimbledon (2004, 7 years ago), the science fiction drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, 7 years ago) and Cameron Crowe's tragicomedy Elizabethtown (2005, 6 years ago). She played the title role in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006, 5 years ago), and she starred in the comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008, 3 years ago).
In 2001 (10 years ago), Dunst made her singing debut in the movie Get Over It, in which she performed two songs. She also sang the jazz song "After You've Gone" for the end credits of the movie The Cat's Meow (2001, 10 years ago). In early 2008 (3 years ago) Dunst confirmed she was suffering from depression, checking into a treatment center before discharging herself in Mar. and resuming her career.
Dunst was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey to Klaus and Inez Dunst. She has a younger brother, Christian (born 1987 (24 years ago)). Her father worked as a medical services executive, and her mother was an artist and one-time gallery owner. Dunst is of German descent on her father's side, and Swedish on her mother's.
Until the age of six Dunst lived in New Jersey, where she attended Ranney School before moving with her mother and younger brother to Los Angeles, California in 1991 (20 years ago). In 1995 (16 years ago), her mother filed for divorce. The following year Dunst began attending Notre Dame, a private Catholic high school in Los Angeles. After graduating from Notre Dame she continued the acting career that she had begun at the age of eight. As a teenager, Dunst found it difficult to deal with her rising fame, and for a period blamed her mother for pushing her into acting as a child. However, she later expressed that her mother "...always had the best intentions". When asked if she had any regrets about the way she spent her childhood, Dunst said: "Well, it's not a natural way to grow up, but it's the way I grew up and I wouldn't change it. I have my stuff to work out...I don't think anybody can sit around and say: 'My life is more screwed up than yours.' Everybody has their issues."
Dunst began her career when she was three years old as a child fashion model in TV commercials. She was signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management. At the age of eight she made her movie debut in a minor role in Woody Allen's Oedipus Wrecks, a short movie that was released as one-third of the anthology New York Stories (1989, 22 years ago). Soon after, she landed a small part in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990, 21 years ago), as Tom Hanks's daughter. In 1993 (18 years ago), Dunst played Hedril in "Dark Page", the seventh episode of the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The breakthrough role in Dunst's career came in Interview with the Vampire, a 1994 (17 years ago) movie based on Anne Rice's novel, in which she played the child vampire Claudia, a surrogate daughter to Tom Cruise (12 walls) and Brad Pitt's characters in the film. The movie received generally unfavorable reviews, but many movie critics complimented Dunst's performance. Roger Ebert commented that Dunst's creation of the child vampire Claudia was one of the "creepier" aspects of the film, and mentioned her ability to convey the impression of great age inside apparent youth. Todd McCarthy in Variety noted that Dunst was "just right" for the family. The movie featured a scene in which Dunst received her first kiss from Brad pitt (15 walls), who was 18 years her senior. In an interview with Interview magazine, she revealed, while questioned about her kissing scene with Pitt, that kissing him had made her feel uncomfortable: "I thought it was gross, that Brad had cooties. I mean, I was 10." Her performance earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, the Saturn Award for Best Young Actress, and her first Golden Globe Award nomination.
Dunst during the 2005 (6 years ago) Toronto movie FestivalShe then appeared in the adaptation of the drama Little Women (1994, 17 years ago), Dunst portrayed Amy March, opposite Winona Ryder (4 walls) and Claire Danes. The movie received favorable reviews; critic Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that the movie was the greatest adaptation of the novel and remarked on Dunst's performance: "The perfect contrast to take-charge Jo comes from Kirsten Dunst's scene-stealing Amy, whose vanity and twinkling mischief make so much more sense coming from an 11-year-old vixen than they did from grown-up Joan Bennett in 1933 (78 years ago). Ms Dunst, also scarily effective as the baby bloodsucker of Interview With the Vampire, is a little vamp with a big future."
In 1995 (16 years ago), she appeared in the fantasy movie Jumanji, loosely based on Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 (30 years ago) book of the same name. The story is about a supernatural and ominous board game which makes animals and other jungle hazards appear upon each roll of the dice. She was part of an ensemble cast that included Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, and David Alan Grier. The movie grossed $100 million worldwide. That same year, and again in 2002 (9 years ago), she was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1996 (15 years ago), Dunst had a recurring role in the season three of NBC's medical drama ER. She portrayed a child prostitute, Charlie Chiemingo, taken under the guidance of Dr. Doug Ross, played by George Clooney. In 1997 (14 years ago), she was the voice of Young Anastasia in the animated musical movie Anastasia. Also in 1997 (14 years ago), Dunst appeared in the political satire Wag the Dog, opposite Robert De Niro (6 walls) and Dustin Hoffman. The following year she was the voice of the title character, Kiki, a 13-year-old apprentice witch who leaves her home village to spend a year on her own, in the anime movie Kiki's Delivery Service (1998, 13 years ago).
Dunst was offered the role of Angela in the 1999 (12 years ago) drama movie American Beauty, but turned it down because she did not want to appear in the film's suggestive sexual scenes or kiss co-star Kevin Spacey. She later explained: "When I read it, I was 15 and I don't think I was mature enough to understand the script's material." That same year, she appeared in the comedy Dick, alongside Michelle Williams. The movie is a parody retelling the events of the Watergate scandal which lead to the resignation of U.S. president Richard Nixon.
In Sofia Coppola's independent movie The Virgin Suicides (1999, 12 years ago), Dunst played the role of troubled adolescent Lux Lisbon. The movie was screened as a special presentation at the 43rd San Francisco International movie Festival in 2000 (11 years ago). The movie received generally favorable reviews, and San Francisco Chronicle critic Peter Stack noted in his review that Dunst "beautifully balances innocence and wantonness".
In 2000 (11 years ago), she played Torrance Shipman, the captain of a cheerleading squad in Bring It On. The movie generated mostly critical reviews, with Charles Taylor of Salon.com writing that the movie had failed to provide Dunst with as good a role as she had either in Dick or in The Virgin Suicides. However, Jessica Winter of The Village Voice complimented Dunst, stating that her performance was "as sprightly and knowingly daft as her turn in Dick. She provides the only major element of Bring It On that plays as tweaking parody rather than slick, strident, body-slam churlishness." The movie grossed $68 million worldwide.
The following year, Dunst had the lead in the teen comedy Get Over It (2001, 10 years ago). She later explained that one of the reason for accepting the role was that it gave her the opportunity to sing. Also in 2001 (10 years ago), Dunst depicted the late American actress Marion Davies in The Cat's Meow (2001, 10 years ago). The film, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was described by Derek Elley of Variety as "playful and sporty", saying of Dunst that this was her best performance to date. "Believable as both a spoiled ingenue and a lover to two very different men, Dunst endows a potentially lightweight character with considerable depth and sympathy." In the Esquire review, Tom Carson called her performance "terrific". For her work, she won the Best Actress Silver Ombú category award at the 2002 (9 years ago) Mar del Plata movie Festival.
Spider-Man and after
In the 2002 (9 years ago) superhero movie Spider-Man, the most successful movie of her career to date, Dunst played Mary Jane Watson, the best friend and love interest of the title character, played by Tobey Maguire. The movie was directed by Sam Raimi. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly remarked on Dunst's ability to "lend even the smallest line a tickle of flirtatious music." In the Los Angeles Times review, critic Kenneth Turan noted that Dunst and Maguire made a real connection on screen, concluding that their relationship involved audiences to an extent rarely seen in films. Spider-Man was a commercial and critical success. The movie grossed $114 million during its opening weekend in North America and went on to earn $822 million worldwide.
Following the success of Spider-Man, Dunst appeared in the independent drama Levity (2003, 8 years ago), where she had a supporting role. In this same year she starred in Mona Lisa Smile (2003, 8 years ago), part of an ensemble cast that included Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Julia Stiles. The movie generated mostly negative reviews, with Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times describing it as "smug and reductive". She next appeared in the supporting role of Mary Svevo in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, 7 years ago), alongside Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet (8 walls), and Tom Wilkinson. The latter movie received very positive reviews, with Entertainment Weekly describing Dunst's subplot as "nifty and clever". The movie grossed $72 million worldwide.
The success of the first Spider-Man movie led Dunst to reprise the role in the 2004 (7 years ago) sequel, Spider-Man 2. The movie was well received by critics, and it proved to be a big financial success, setting a new opening weekend box office record for North America. With revenue of $783 million worldwide, it became the second highest grossing movie in 2004 (7 years ago). Also in 2004 (7 years ago), she appeared in the romantic comedy Wimbledon, a movie in which she portrays a rising tennis player in the Wimbledon Championships opposite Paul Bettany, who plays a fading former tennis star. Reception for the movie was mixed, but many critics enjoyed Dunst's performance; Claudia Puig of USA Today reported that the chemistry between Dunst and Bettany was potent, with Dunst doing a fine job as a sassy and self-assured player.
In 2005 (6 years ago), she appeared as flight attendant Claire Colburn alongside Orlando Bloom (7 walls), in Elizabethtown, a movie written and directed by Cameron Crowe. The movie premiered at the 2005 (6 years ago) Toronto movie Festival. Dunst revealed that working with Crowe was enjoyable, but more demanding than she had expected. The movie garnered mixed reviews, with the Chicago Tribune rating it one out of four stars and describing Dunst's portrayal of a flight attendant as "cloying". It was a box office disappointment.
Dunst at the premiere of Spider-Man 3 (7 walls) in Stockholm, Sweden in Apr. 2007Dunst's next movie role was the title character in the 2006 (5 years ago) biographical movie Marie Antoinette. Adapted from Antonia Fraser's book Marie Antoinette: The Journey, the movie was Dunst's second with director Sofia Coppola. The movie was screened at a special presentation at the 2006 (5 years ago) Cannes movie Festival, and was reviewed favourably. International revenues were $45 million out of $60 million overall.
In 2007 (4 years ago) she again played Mary Jane Watson, in Spider-Man 3. In contrast to the previous two films' positive reviews, Spider-Man 3 (7 walls) was met with a mixed reception by critics. Nonetheless, with a total worldwide gross of $891 million, it stands as the most successful movie in the series, and Dunst's highest grossing movie to the end of 2008 (3 years ago). Having initially signed on for three Spider-Man films, she revealed that she would do a fourth, but only if Raimi and Maguire also returned.
In the 2008 (3 years ago) movie How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Dunst appeared alongside Simon Pegg. The movie is an adaptation of the memoir of the same name by former Vanity Fair contributing editor Toby Young. Dunst signed on to the film, later revealing that she had joined the project because Pegg was scheduled to appear in it.
She agreed to appear in All Good Things, scheduled for release in 2009 (2 years ago), in a leading role opposite Ryan Gosling, portraying a woman from a run-down neighborhood who goes missing. She also signed to appear in Sweet Relief, also to be released in 2009 (2 years ago), as peace activist Marla Ruzicka, a US relief worker killed by a suicide bomb in Baghdad. She has expressed interest in playing the role of Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry in Michel Gondry's upcoming biographical movie about the band. Dunst will appear in a fourth Spider-Man film, set for a release in 2011 (this year). In addition, she has agreed to star opposite Emile Hirsch in Upside Down.
Dunst made her singing debut in the 2001 (10 years ago) movie Get Over It, performing two songs written by Marc Shaiman. She also lent her voice to the end credits of The Cat's Meow, singing Henry Creamer and Turner Layton's jazz standard "After You've Gone". In Spider-Man 3 (7 walls), she sings two songs as part of her role as Mary Jane Watson, one during a Broadway performance, and one as a singing waitress in a jazz club. Dunst revealed that she recorded the songs earlier and later lip-synced to it when filming began. She also appeared in the music video for Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You", and she sang two tracks, "This Old Machine" and "Summer Day", on Jason Schwartzman's 2007 (4 years ago) solo album Nighttiming. In an interview with The Advertiser, Dunst explained that she has no plans to follow the steps of actors such as Russell Crowe or Toni Collette's in releasing an album, saying: "Definitely not. No way. It worked when Barbra Streisand was doing it, but now it's a little cheesy, I think. It works better when singers are in movies."
As of 2009 (2 years ago) Dunst remains unmarried, and has not been identified with a long-term partner. She has reportedly been involved in short-term relationships with playwright Jeff Smeenge, actor Jake Gyllenhaal (6 walls), and musician Johnny Borrell of Razorlight.
Dunst supported Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 (7 years ago) US presidential election. Four years later, she supported Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 (3 years ago) presidential election. Dunst revealed that she supported Obama "from the beginning" of the presidential campaign. In support of this, she directed and narrated a documentary entitled Why Tuesday, explaining the United States tradition of voting on Tuesdays. Dunst explained that Tuesday is "not a holiday, and [the United States is] one of the lowest democratic countries in voter turnout". She felt it important to "influence people in a positive way" to vote on Nov. 4.
Her charity work includes participation with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, in which she helped design and promote a necklace, for which all proceeds from sales went to the Glaser foundation. She also has helped with breast cancer awareness; in sep. 2008 (3 years ago) she participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, to help raise funds to accelerate cancer research.
Dunst has confirmed that she was treated for depression in early 2008 (3 years ago). She sought treatment at the Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah. Dunst explained that she had been feeling low in the six months prior to her going to rehab. In late Mar. she checked out from the treatment center and began filming All Good Things. In May she went public with this information, she said, to highlight the struggle faced by so many other successful women and to dispel false rumors that had been very painful for her friends and family.
New York Stories
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Interview with the Vampire
The Outer Limits
Tower of Terror
Wag the Dog
Fifteen and Pregnant
Kiki's Delivery Service
The Hairy Bird
The Devil's Arithmetic
The Virgin Suicides
Drop Dead Gorgeous
The Crow: Salvation
Bring It On
Get Over It
The Cat's Meow
Kaena: The Prophecy
Mona Lisa Smile
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Spider-Man 3 (7 walls)
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
All Good Things
A Jealous Ghost