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1 Elle Fanning on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:51 pm


Mary Elle Fanning (born April 9, 1998), credited as Elle Fanning, is an American actress. Elle is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning. She is known for her starring roles in Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere, and Super 8.

Fanning began her acting career by playing the younger version of her older sister Dakota's characters in both the mini-series Taken and the movie I Am Sam. In 2002, at the age of four, Fanning won her first role independent of her sister, in the comedy Daddy Day Care.

In 2003, Fanning filmed The Door in the Floor opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. Anecdotal evidence of her young skill was seen in the decision to cast her in the role of Ruth in The Door in the Floor. The film's producers had originally planned to hire identical twins for the intense shooting schedule, but were so impressed with Fanning that they used only her.[7]

Late in 2003, Fanning appeared in Because of Winn-Dixie in the small role of Sweetie Pie Thomas. In 2004, she did voicework in the English dubbed version of Miyazaki's animated film My Neighbor Totoro, in the role of Mei. Later that same year, she filmed I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With. In early 2005, Fanning filmed scenes in Charlotte's Web as the "future granddaughter" of Fern Arable played by Dakota Fanning. However, the scenes didn't make the final cut. In mid 2005, she played Debbie, the daughter of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the Academy Award-winning film Babel. In early 2006, Fanning filmed scenes in both The Nines and Déjà Vu. In mid 2006 she filmed The Lost Room a sci-fi TV mini-series. Also in 2006, she appeared on episode of House titled Need to Know where she played the patients daughter.

By the end of 2006, Fanning began to book lead roles. Her first being in Reservation Road playing Emma Learner, the grieving daughter of Grace and Ethan Learner. The film deals with the aftermath of a tragic car accident in which Emma's brother is killed. Late in 2008, she had a small part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as a younger version of Cate Blanchett's character (as opposed to Babel where Fanning played her daughter). Mid-year 2007, Fanning filmed Phoebe in Wonderland as the title role Phoebe. It is the fantastical tale of a little girl who won't—or can't—follow the rules. It also stars Felicity Huffman and was released in March 2009.

From July to October 2007, Fanning appeared in The Nutcracker in 3D, playing Mary. Set in 1920s Vienna, this is a tale of a little girl whose godfather gives her a special doll on Christmas Eve. The movie was filmed in Budapest, Hungary and was released late 2010.[8]

In March 2008, Fanning and her sister Dakota were scheduled to star in My Sister's Keeper, but the opportunity fell through when Dakota learned she would have to shave her head. They were immediately replaced by Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva.[9]

Variety reported in April 2009 that Fanning would be starring in Academy Award-winning screenwriter Sofia Coppola's new film, Somewhere. The plot centres around a "bad-boy" actor who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his daughter, played by Fanning, arrives unexpectedly.[10] The film was released during the 2010 awards season – at its first film festival, The 67th Venice Film Festival, the movie took out the top prize. the Golden Lion.[11]

Fanning starred in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi film Super 8, which was out on the 10th of June.[12]

In late 2010 Fanning will be filming Francis Ford Coppola's new film Twixt, which he has written based on a dream.[13] Elle plays the role of a young ghost named V.

In 2011, Fanning will be seen in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo.[14] She will play Lily, a 13-year old who is working illegally at the zoo’s restaurant, and lives on the property with her only parental figure, Kelly

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