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Fanning at 22nd Annual Critic's Choice Movie Awards 2016.
Elle Fanning
Background information
Birthname Mary Elle Fanning
Born April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09) (age 21)
Birthplace Conyers, Georgia, U.S.
Cause of death
Alternate names
Occupation(s) Script error
Years active
Relatives Dakota Fanning (sister)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Mary Elle Fanning (born April 9, 1998) is an American comedian, actress, voice artist, singer, musician, model and impressionist. She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning and mainly known for her starring roles in Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere, We Bought a Zoo, Maleficent, About Ray, and as Jesse in 2016's The Neon Demon.

In 2011, Fanning starred in her breakout role as Alice Dainard in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama, Super 8. For this role, she received positive reviews and was often cited as one of the film's best aspects.[1]

She received numerous award nominations, including for a Saturn Award, a Young Artist Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Teen Choice Award, a Scream Award, an MTV Movie Award, and a special Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.[2]

Early life

Fanning was born on April 9, 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, the daughter of Heather Joy (née Arrington), who played tennis professionally, and Steven J. Fanning, who played minor league baseball for teams affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals and now works as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles.[3] Her maternal grandfather is American football player Rick Arrington, and her aunt is ESPN reporter Jill Arrington.[4] Fanning is the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, who is also an actress.[5] She has Irish, German, English, and French ancestry. Fanning and her family are members of the Southern Baptist Convention.[6] She has been quoted as saying, "We're just normal sisters. We both go to school and we just play together."[7]


Fanning started acting before turning three years old.[8] She began her acting career by playing the younger version of her older sister Dakota's characters in the mini-series Taken and the movie I Am Sam.[9] In 2002, at the age of four, Fanning won her first role independent of her sister in the comedy Daddy Day Care. Anecdotal evidence of her emerging skill was seen in the decision to cast her in the role of Ruth in The Door in the Floor (2004) opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. The film's producers originally planned to hire identical twins for the intense shooting schedule but were so impressed with Fanning that they used only her.[10] Late in 2003, Fanning appeared in Because of Winn-Dixie in the small role of Sweetie Pie Thomas. In 2004, she did voice work 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.[11] However, the scenes did not make the final cut. In mid-2005, she played Debbie, the daughter of Richard and Susan Jones (played by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) in the 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 the episode "Need to Know" of House: MD, playing the patient's daughter. She also appeared in an of Criminal Minds in 2006, playing the supporting role of Tracey in "The Boogeyman".

By the end of 2006, Fanning began to book lead roles.[12] The first of these was the one of Emma Learner in Reservation Road—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.[13] In early 2007, Fanning reunited with her Babel co-stars, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, in a small part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as the younger version of Blanchett's character. Mid-year 2007, Fanning filmed the title role Phoebe of Phoebe in Wonderland. Phoebe in Wonderland also starred Felicity Huffman and was released in March 2009. From July through October 2007, Fanning appeared in The Nutcracker in 3D, playing Mary. The movie was filmed in Budapest, Hungary and was released late 2010. 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. The sisters were immediately replaced by Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva.[14]

Variety reported in April 2009 that Fanning would be starring in Academy Award-winning screenwriter Sofia Coppola's 2010 film, Somewhere. The plot centers around a "bad-boy" actor who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his daughter, played by Fanning, arrives unexpectedly.[15] The film was released during the 2010 awards season. At its first film festival, the 67th Venice Film Festival, it took out the Golden Lion.[16] In late 2010, Fanning began working on Francis Ford Coppola's 2011 film Twixt, which Coppola based on a dream.[17] She plays the role of a young ghost named "V". In 2011, Fanning starred in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama film Super 8 as Alice Dainard. The film was released on June 10, 2011, and centers around a group of kids who are forced to deal with strange happenings in their small town.[18]

In December 2011, Fanning appeared in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo.[19] She played Lily, a thirteen-year-old who is working at the zoo's restaurant and lives on the property with her only parental figure, Kelly (Scarlett Johansson). In September 2012, Fanning starred as Ginger along with Alice Englert who played Rosa in the drama film Ginger & Rosa that took place during 1962 in London. The film was directed by Sally Potter and was released on October 19, 2012.[20] Fanning has received widespread acclaim for her performance, with A. O. Scott of The New York Times writing that she "shows a nearly Streepian mixture of poise, intensity, and technical precision. It is frightening how good she is and hard to imagine anything she could not do."[21] Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, praised her "luminous naturalism that seems the opposite of performance" and felt that "Fanning easily convinces you of Ginger’s emotional reality."[22]

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Fanning also starred alongside Angelina Jolie in the 2014 Walt Disney film, Maleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg. Jolie played Maleficent, while Fanning played Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty.[23]

In 2015, Fanning co-starred in Jay Roach's Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo's (Bryan Cranston) daughter Nikola.

In 2016, she appeared as Jesse in the psychological thriller The Neon Demon, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn.[24] The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.[25] It was released on June 24, 2016, and did poorly at the box office.[26][27] That same year, she appeared in Mike Mills's 20th Century Women, opposite Greta Gerwig and Annette Benning.[28] The film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 8, 2016,[29] and began a limited release on December 25, 2016.[30] She then co-starred in Ben Affleck's Prohibition-era drama Live by Night,[31][32][33] which was also released on December 25, 2016.[34]

In 2017, Fanning will appear in Shawn Christensen's feature-length drama, Sidney Hall.[35] The film is set to premiere on January 25, 2017, at the Sundance Film Festival.[36]



2001I Am SamYounger Lucy Diamond Dawson
2003Daddy Day CareJamie
2004The Door in the FloorRuth Cole
2005My Neighbor TotoroMei Kusakabe (voice) English dub
2005P.N.O.K.[37]Rebecca BullardShort film
2005Because of Winn-DixieSweetie Pie Thomas
2006Déjà VuAbbey
2006BabelDebbie Jones
2006I Want Someone to Eat Cheese WithPenelope
2007The NinesNoelle
2007Reservation RoadEmma Learner
2007Day 73 with Sarah[38]SarahShort film
2008The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDaisy Fuller (Age 7)
2008Phoebe in WonderlandPhoebe Lichten
2009Astro BoyGrace Voice
2010The Nutcracker in 3DMary
2011Super 8Alice Dainard
2011The Curve of Forgotten Things[39]GirlShort film
2011We Bought a ZooLily Miska
2012Ginger & Rosa[20]Ginger
2012Leaning Toward Solace[40]SaraShort film
2014Low DownAmy-Jo Albany
2014Young OnesMary Holms
2014Maleficent[23]Princess Aurora
2014The BoxtrollsWinnieVoice
2015TrumboNikola Trumbo
2015About Ray[41]Ray
2016The Neon DemonJesse
201620th Century Women Julie
2016Ballerina[lower-alpha 1] Félicie MillinerVoice
2016Live by Night[43]Loretta Figgis
2017Sidney Hall Melody
2017How to Talk to Girls at PartiesZan In post-production
2017A Storm in the Stars Mary Shelley In post-production
2017The Beguiled Carol In post-production


2002TakenAllie Keys – Age 3Episode: "Charlie and Lisa"
2003Judging AmyRochelle CobbsEpisode: "Maxine Interrupted"
2003CSI: MiamiMolly WalkerEpisode: "Death Grip"
2004CSI: NYJenny ComoEpisode: "Officer Blue"
2006House M.D.Stella DaltonEpisode: "Need to Know"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEdenEpisode: "Cage"
2006The Lost RoomAnna Miller3 episodes
2006–2007Criminal MindsTracy Belle2 episodes
2007Dirty Sexy MoneyKiki GeorgeEpisode: "Pilot"
2014HitRecord on TVDaughter Episode: "RE: The Number One"

Awards and nominations

2004Daddy Day CareYoung Artist AwardBest Young Ensemble in a Feature FilmNominated
2007The Lost RoomYoung Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young ActressNominated
BabelBest Performance in a Feature Film: Young Actress Age Ten or YoungerNominated
2011SomewhereBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest Young Actor/ActressNominated
Young Hollywood AwardActress of the Year AwardWon
International Cinephile Society Awards[44]Best Supporting ActressRunner-up
The Nutcracker in 3DYoung Artist Award[45]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressNominated
Super 8Hollywood Film FestivalSpotlight AwardWon
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Supporting RoleNominated
Scream AwardBreakout Performance: FemaleNominated
Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/FantasyNominated
Choice Movie ChemistryNominated
Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Ensemble ActingWon
Breakthrough Performance on CameraNominated
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role: FemaleNominated
2012Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest Young ActressNominated
Young Artist Award[46]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressNominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film — Young Ensemble CastNominated
MTV Movie AwardBest Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
Ginger & RosaBritish Independent Film Award[47]Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent FilmNominated
2013Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest Young ActressNominated
2014MaleficentTeen Choice Award[48]Choice Movie Actress: ActionNominated
2015Saturn Award[49]Best Performance by a Younger ActorNominated
Kids' Choice Award[50]Favorite Movie ActressNominated
2016TrumboCritics' Choice Movie AwardBest Acting EnsembleNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
20th Century WomenCritics' Choice Movie AwardBest Acting EnsembleNominated


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  30. D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 26, 2016). A24’s ’20th Century Women’ Sets Christmas Debut. Retrieved on October 28, 2016
  31. Ben Affleck's Live by Night Release Date Is Oscar-Friendly. Collider (March 22, 2016).
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  42. Busch, Anita (December 23, 2016). TWC Takes ‘Leap!’ With Elle Fanning Animated Picture. Retrieved on December 23, 2016
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