Kirsten Dunst

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Kirsten Dunst

Birth name Kirsten Caroline Dunst
Born April 30, 1982 (age 24)
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA
Notable roles Claudia in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Lux Lisbon in The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man film series (2002-2007)
Mary Svevo in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Marie Antoinette in Marie Antoinette (2006)

Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is a Golden Globe nominated American actress, best known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man film series.


[edit] Biography

[edit] Early life

Dunst was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to Inez and Klaus Dunst, who are separated. Her father, a German medical services executive from Hamburg, remained in New Jersey. Her mother, a Swedish former art gallery owner,[2] moved to California. Dunst has a younger brother, Christian.

Dunst attended the Ranney School in New Jersey, but graduated in 2000 from Notre Dame High School in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

[edit] Career

Dunst got her start as a child fashion model at the age of three in television commercials. She was signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management.[3] In a 1988 episode of Saturday Night Live, she played the role of President George H. W. Bush's granddaughter, in a sketch in which Dana Carvey acted as President Bush. In 1989, Dunst moved to the big screen with New York Stories. Soon after, she landed a small part in The Bonfire of the Vanities as Tom Hanks's daughter. Dunst also did the voice of Kiki in the 1989 anime film Kiki's Delivery Service. In 1993, Dunst played Hedril in the seventh season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called "Dark Page". She also had a recurring role as a child prostitute, Charlie Chiemingo, on ER.

Her feature film breakthrough came in Interview with the Vampire, a 1994 film based on Anne Rice's novel. The movie featured a scene in which Dunst, then-aged eleven, kissed Brad Pitt, who was 29. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination, the MTV Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the Saturn award for Best Young Actress. In 1995, she was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. Dunst was also offered the role of Angela in the 1999 Academy Award-winning film 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.[4] The same year, she had the role of troubled adolescent Lux Lisbon in Sofia Coppola's Independent film The Virgin Suicides. In June of 2000 she graduated from Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles.

At the 2002 Mar de Plata Film Festival, Dunst won the Best Actress Silver Ombú for her performance as Charlie Chaplin's love interest Marion Davies in Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow. Dunst made her singing debut in the 2001 film Get Over It, performing two songs written by Marc Shaiman. Previously had appeared in the music video for Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You". She also lent her musical voice to the end credits of The Cat's Meow by singing the old standard, "After You've Gone."

Dunst's most recent film is Marie Antoinette, which premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was released in North America on October 20, 2006. In the film, her second with director Sofia Coppola, Dunst plays the title character and uses an American accent in the role.[5]

Dunst is slated to portray peace activist Marla Ruzicka in a film scripted by Lorene Scafaria for Warner Independent Pictures in late 2006.[6] Dunst also reprises her role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 3, which is scheduled for a release on May 4, 2007. Dunst initially signed on to appear in three Spider-Man films, and has said that she would not appear in a fourth film unless director Sam Raimi returned to direct.[7]

Dunst recently stated in an interview in 2006 while promoting Marie Antoinette that she wants to take a break from appearing in films to study and pursue art.

[edit] Personal Life

She started dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal in September 2002, after meeting him through his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal (her Mona Lisa Smile co-star). They officially broke up in July 2004 but remained off and on until December 2005.[8] They adopted a dog together, called "Atticus". She has recently been seen with Indie British rocker Johnny Borrell, at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas[9].

[edit] Quotes

  • "I'd like to grow up and be beautiful. I know it doesn't matter, but it doesn't hurt."
  • "Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you."
  • "Why would I cry over a boy? I would never waste my tears on a boy. Why waste your tears on someone who makes you cry?"
  • "When I read it, I was 15 and I don't think I was mature enough to understand the script's material. I didn't want to be kissing Kevin Spacey. Come on! Lying there naked with rose petals?." (Turning down the role of Angela in American Beauty)
  • "My cat, because he's fun to play with, he'd entertain me, and I could eat him if I was really hungry." (What her luxury item would be on Survivor)
  • "I'm never going to say anything about who I'm dating unless I'm married or engaged."
  • "I run the treadmill whenever I can do it with weights." (How she stays in shape)
  • "Everybody smokes! Models, actresses, everyone! Don't they realize that it's gross? I understand it's an addiction, but it still pains me to see my friends do it."
  • "So many teen films are overproduced and people are going to burnout on the subject."
  • "I think vegetarians (for a lot of them) it's about a lack of commitment to life and relationships. There are some who just like the fact that they're controlling something in their life."
  • "And in the next film they've got to bring in another female character. Just give me the acting; she can do all the falling and fighting."
  • "I think one of my credit cards is corporate for my company, Wooden Spoons Productions. I don't know; my financial adviser does that. I don't handle that s***." (On Money)
  • "I want to go on Crossing Over with John Edward. I'd like to be regressed to find out about my past lives."
  • "I really wanted the role because I knew it would give my career a boost, especially in foreign markets where I don't feel I'm that well known." (On Spider-Man)
  • "The Virgin Suicides showed I could nail a very difficult character, while Bring It On brought a great deal of joy to young girls. These are the beautiful rewards of being an actress."
  • "On every film I do, whenever there are other girls my age, I think it's definitely up to me to set the pace. That's because I've had a lot of experience and I think there's always a certain amount of professionalism that should be maintained."
  • "We're breaking boundaries. And we're not doing the same old little cliché of, "Oh, cheerleaders are dumb, so let's make fun of them." (On Bring It On)
  • "I have never done a drug in my life. I tried smoking once. Hated it. I don't want to infect myself with cancer."
  • "Whenever I have to smoke for a character, I make sure they're fake cigarettes. It's a terrible habit, and I can't believe kids still want to do it."
  • "What actor do you really take seriously who becomes a singer? It's kind of ridiculous. I can't think of anybody."
  • "It would actually be really interesting if Spider-Man died. Why doesn't the superhero ever die? I think if Mary Jane (Kirsten's character) was alone, pregnant and he died, she could give birth to a spider baby and carry on the series with another young boy or something like that."
  • "It was horrible, I hated it. Brad and Tom (Cruise) were like my big brothers on the set, so it was like kissing your big brother - totally gross." (Kissing Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire chronicles)
  • "You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you're excited for the day? That's one of my main goals in life."
  • "I don't try to be sexy, but if you are sexy it comes out. If you're not, you're not."
  • "It's kind of like a history of feelings rather than a history of facts. So don't expect a masterpiece theatre, educational Marie Antoinette biopic." (On Marie Antoinette)
  • "I would never go on a blind date. That sounds like the most uncomfortable thing."

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1989 New York Stories Lisa's daughter Uncredited
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Campbell McCoy
1994 Little Women Younger Amy March
Interview with the Vampire Claudia
Greedy Jolene
High Strung Young Girl Independent film
1995 Jumanji Judy Shepard
1996 Mother Night Young Resi Noth
1997 Wag the Dog Tracy Lime
Anastasia Young Anastasia Voice
Tower of Terror Anna Petterson
True Heart Bonnie
Kiki's Delivery Service Kiki Voice in English language dubbed version
1998 Fifteen and Pregnant Tina Spangler Television movie
The Hairy Bird Verena von Stefan
Small Soldiers Christy Fimple
1999 Dick Betsy Jobs
Drop Dead Gorgeous Amber Atkins
The Virgin Suicides Lux Lisbon
The Devil's Arithmetic Hannah Stern Television movie
2000 Deeply Silly
Bring It On Torrance Shipman
Luckytown Lidda Doyles
The Crow: Salvation Erin Randall
All Forgotten Zinaida
2001 The Cat's Meow Marion Davies
Crazy/Beautiful Nicole Oakley
Get Over It Kelly Woods/Helena
2002 Spider-Man Mary Jane Watson
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Betty Warren
Kaena: The Prophecy Kaena Voice
Levity Sofia Mellinger
2004 Wimbledon Lizzie Bradbury
Spider-Man 2 Mary Jane Watson
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Mary Svevo
2005 Elizabethtown Claire Colburn
2006 Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
2007 Blondie Debbie Harry Announced
Sweet Relief Marla Ruzicka Announced
Spider-Man 3 Mary Jane Watson In Post-production

[edit] Further reading

  • "Dreamweaver", Holly Millea, Premiere, July/August 2004

[edit] Footnotes

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
  1. ^ Kirsten is pronounced "KEER-sten" (IPA: 'kɪɹ̩).
  2. ^ Dunst to take time out. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  3. ^ Bio at
  4. ^ Fametastic. Kirsten Dunst turned down Kevin Spacey kissing role. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  5. ^ Can-Mag. Modern Marie Antoinette. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  6. ^ Untitled Dunst project at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ The Boston Herald. Dunst storm - Actress dives headfirst into "Marie Antoinette" role. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  8. ^ Gyllenhaal, Dunst call it quits;. USA Today. Retrieved on 2006-08-02.
  9. ^ Kirsten Dunst dating Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell;. Fametastic. Retrieved on 2007-03-19.

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NAME Dunst, Kirsten
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Dunst, Kirsten Caroline
DATE OF BIRTH April 30, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH Point Pleasant, New Jersey