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Hailing from Conyers, Georgia, DAKOTA FANNING (Rachel) began her career only five years ago at the age of six. Guest appearances on such Emmy Award winning television series as "ER,” "The Practice,” "Malcolm in the Middle,” and "Spin City” led to her breakout role opposite Academy Award® winner Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in New Line's "I Am Sam.” For her stunning performance as Lucy, Dakota won a BAFTA award and became the youngest actor ever nominated for a Screen Actor's Guild Award. Shortly thereafter, she starred in the miniseries "Taken” for executive producer Steven Spielberg, which not only became the Sci-Fi Channel's highest rated show, but also won the 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.

In 2004, Dakota was honored to star opposite Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington in "Man on Fire,” directed by Tony Scott. This 20th Century Fox release earned Dakota her second BAFTA nomination and her performance.

Dakota teamed again with 20th Century Fox, starring opposite Academy Award® winner Robert DeNiro in "Hide and Seek,” released this past January. The film opened #1 at the box office.

Dakota has also just wrapped the DreamWorks feature "Dreamer,” starring opposite Kurt Russell. Dakota is also proud to be part of a remarkable ensemble of women including Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek, and Robin Wright Penn in the film "Nine Lives,” which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

She is currently in production in the starring role of Fern in Paramount's/Walden Media's live-action version of the beloved E.B. White novel, "Charlotte's Web.” Also starring in voiceover roles will be such luminaries as Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Redford.

Dakota will soon tackle another classic as DreamWorks has committed to develop with her the definitive adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, which will be written by Emmy Award winner Les Bohem.

Other credits include "Trapped,” opposite Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat,” opposite Mike Myers, "Uptown Girls” with Brittany Murphy, and a cameo role as young Reese Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama.

Dakota is an avid reader who plays the piano, knits, collects dolls, rides horses, and dances ballet. She is also learning to speak both Spanish and French. She resides in Los Angeles with her parents, Joy and Steve Fanning, and her sister, actress Elle Fanning.

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