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KIRSTEN DUNST (Mary Jane Watson) has catapulted her way into the spotlight by capturing the most coveted roles around town. She most recently starred in the record-breaking, box office smash Spider-Man, opposite Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man earned $114.8 million in its opening weekend, making it the largest domestic opening of all time.

In addition to Spider-Man, Dunst recently starred in the independent film Levity, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Morgan Freeman. She can next be seen in Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, starring with Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles, as well as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kauffman, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo. Both films will be released this Winter. Dunst portrayed Marion Davies opposite Edward Hermann's William Randolph Hearst in Lions Gate Entertainment's The Cat's Meow, a semi-biographical murder mystery directed by Peter Bogdanavich. She will begin shooting the tennis comedy Wimbledon this summer opposite Paul Bettany.

Dunst's 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. In 2001, she won rave reviews for her role as a troubled girl in Disney's Crazy/Beautiful.

With a growing list of accolades befitting an actress 10 years her senior, Dunst was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Interview with the Vampire, for which she also received the Blockbuster Video Award for Best Supporting Newcomer, an MTV award for Best Breakthrough Artist and the Saturn Award for Best Young Actress. Dunst recently received an MTV award for Best Actress for her role in Spider-Man, and shared an additional Best Kiss MTV honor with Tobey Maguire, for their memorable lip lock in the film. Earlier in her career, Dunst was named by The Hollywood Reporter as Best Young Star for her portrayal of a teenage prostitute in NBC's hit series, ER.

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.

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. She is active in charity organizations such as the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and is always happy to attend functions that benefit women and children.


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