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ELLE FANNING (Lily Miska) made her feature film debut in 2001, at the age of
two, when she co-starred as Young Lucy in New Line Cinema's I Am Sam. Since then
she has starred in more than 10 films and numerous episodes of television
(including Criminal Minds, Dirty Sexy Money, and The Lost Room miniseries). She
co-starred opposite Eddie Murphy in the family comedy Daddy Day Care, for
Revolution Studios. In 2004, Elle appeared in Focus Films' The Door in the
Floor, from director Tod Williams.
In 2005, Elle starred as the young Sweetie Pie Thomas in Because of Winn-Dixie,
with Cicely Tyson and Dave Matthews. In 2006 Elle appeared in Paramount
Pictures' Babel, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, starring Brad Pitt and
Cate Blanchett; and in Touchstone's Deja Vu, directed by Tony Scott, starring
In 2007, Elle filmed Reservation Road and The Nines. In 2008, she appeared in
director David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, opposite Brad
Also that year, Elle starred in the independent film Phoebe in Wonderland,
opposite Patricia Clarkson, Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman. The film had its
world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where Elle received rave
reviews. The movie tells the story of a nine year old girl who won't, or can't,
follow the rules as she struggles with Tourette's Syndrome.
Late last year, Elle starred alongside Stephen Dorff in Sofia Coppola's
Somewhere. It won the 2010 Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award. It has also
been named one of the top 10 independent films of the year by the National Board
of Review. Elle was nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for her performance in
Earlier this year, she starred in two films: Super 8, for director J.J. Abrams,
and Twixt Now and Sunrise for director Francis Ford Coppola, where she stars
opposite Val Kilmer and Bruce Dem. Then came Pure Life, a Van Fischer film,
where she is to star opposite Vera Farmiga.
Besides acting, her other passions include singing, dancing and writing. She
resides in Los Angeles with her parents and sister, Dakota Fanning.
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