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Dakota Fanning rose to fame as a child star around 2000, when she appeared on the medical drama series 'ER' and as a 5-year-old version of Ally McBeal in the law show by the same name. She later appeared on programs such as 'The Practice' and 'Malcolm in the Middle' and appeared alongside Sean Penn in the 2001 movie 'I Am Sam.'
In 2002, she starred in the romantic comedy 'Sweet Home Alabama,' which featured Reese Witherspoon in the main role, and played Allie Keys in the mini-series 'Taken' in 2002. Fanning starred in the 2005 reboot of 'War of the Worlds' with Tom Cruise and in the 2006 film 'Charlotte's Web.' In 2009, Fanning starred in the movie 'Push' and played the vampire Jane in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon,' the second film in the hit series starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
In 2010, Fanning co-starred with Stewart in the music biopic 'The Runaways' and reprised her role in the third 'Twilight' movie, 'Eclipse.' Fanning plays the same part in the fourth and final installment, the two-part 'Breaking Dawn.'
In June 2011, Fanning graduated from North Hollywood Episcopal High School. During her days as a student, she was a cheerleader and was voted homecoming queen.
(Pictured: Dakota Fanning arrives at the premiere of 'Push' at the Mann Theater, Westwood on Jan. 29, 2009. / Dakota Fanning appears in the 2002 mini-series 'Taken.')
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