Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey on April 30, 1982, Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress. She attended Notre Dame High School and studied at the Ranney School in New Jersey. She eventually left to pursue acting.
Kirsten Dunst began her career as a child fashion model. At the age of three, she appeared in television commercials. She was also signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management. In 1988, she had a small role in Saturday Night Live, but made her film debut in 1989 in Woody Allen’s short film Oedipus Wrecks. She was cast in The Bonfire of the Vanities as Tom Hanks’ daughter, and dubbed the voice of Kiki in 1997’s anime Kiki’s Delivery Service when she was 15. Her other television roles include Hedrill in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was seen as a child prostitute on ER.
In 1994, she portrayed a young Amy March in the film adaptation of Little Women. The next year, she starred alongside Robin Williams in Jumanji. Her film breakthrough came in Interview with the Vampire, as the child vampire Cecilia. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination and the MTV Award for the Best Breakthrough Performance, as well as a Saturn Award for Best Young Actress. Kirsten Dunst also lent her voice to the young Anastasia in Anastasia. She was also cast as the troubled Lux Lisbon in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides.
Kirsten Dunst has also appeared as the captain of a cheerleading squad in Bring It On. She is, however, best known for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the Spider Man film series alongside Tobey Maguire. She has also won the Best Actress Silver Ombú for her performance in 2002’s The Cat’s Meow. Two years after, she was cast with Jim Carey and Kate Winslet in the critically acclaimed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Dunst has also played the title character in Marie Antoinette at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.