KIRSTEN DUNST (Mary Jane Watson)
has catapulted her way into the spotlight by capturing the most coveted roles
around town. Dunst's stellar performances in Universal's comedy Bring it
On, which opened number-one at the box office, and the critically acclaimed Virgin
Suicides with James Woods and Kathleen Turner, made critics and fans alike
stand up and take notice of her blossoming talent. Last year she won rave
reviews for her role as a troubled girl in Disney's Crazy/Beautiful and
will be starring as Marion Davies, mistress to William Randolph Hearst played by
Edward Herrman, in Lions Gate Entertainment's The Cat's Meow (April
2002) directed by Peter Bogdanovich, a semi-biographical murder-mystery.
Nominated for a Golden Globe for the
feature film Interview with the Vampire, Dunst's other motion picture
credits include starring roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous with Ellen Barkin
and Kirstie Alley; Dick with Michelle Williams; Little Women with
Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder; Jumanji with Robin Williams; Mother
Night with Nick Nolte; the Golden Globe-nominated Barry Levinson film Wag
The Dog starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro; and Small Soldiers
with the late Phil Hartman.
With a growing list of accolades
befitting an actress 10 years her senior, Dunst's performance in Vampire
earned her the Blockbuster Video Award for "Best Supporting Newcomer,"
an MTV award for "Best Breakthrough Artist" and the Saturn Award for
"Best Young Actress." Dunst was also named by The Hollywood
Reporter as "Best Young Star" for her portrayal of a teenage
prostitute in NBC's hit series, ER.
Dunst got her showbiz start at the
tender age of three, when she began filming television commercials. With more
than 100 commercials under her belt, she made the jump to the big screen in 1989
in Woody Allen's New York Stories. After moving to Los Angeles with her
family that same year, Dunst's film career really took off.
Dunst's career has not been limited
to the big screen. In addition to a critically acclaimed recurring role on the
hit television drama ER, she starred in Showtime's The Outer Limits and
Devil's Arithmetic, produced by Dustin Hoffman and Mimi Rogers; the
telefilm Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy; the Wonderful World of Disney's
Tower of Terror; and Lifetime Television's, 15 and Pregnant.
Dunst, a Point Pleasant, NJ native,
currently lives in Los Angeles.
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