81 Facts About Kirsten Dunst


Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress and model.


Kirsten Dunst made her acting debut in the short Oedipus Wrecks directed by Woody Allen in the anthology film New York Stories.


Kirsten Dunst then gained recognition for her role as child vampiress Claudia in the horror film Interview with the Vampire, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.


Kirsten Dunst had roles in her youth in Little Women and the fantasy films Jumanji and Small Soldiers.


Kirsten Dunst gained further wide attention for her role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.


Kirsten Dunst's career progressed with a supporting role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, followed by a lead role in Cameron Crowe's tragicomedy Elizabethtown, and as the title character in Coppola's Marie Antoinette.


In 2011, Kirsten Dunst starred as a depressed newlywed in Lars von Trier's apocalyptic film drama Melancholia, which earned her the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.


Kirsten Dunst then had a supporting role in the film Hidden Figures, and leading roles in The Beguiled and the black comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, for which she received a third Golden Globe nomination.


Kirsten Dunst earned her fourth nomination for a Golden Globe and first nomination for an Academy Award for her performance in the psychological drama The Power of the Dog.


Kirsten Dunst was born on April 30,1982, at Point Pleasant Hospital in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.


Kirsten Dunst's father worked for Siemens as a medical services executive, and her mother worked for Lufthansa as a flight attendant.


Kirsten Dunst's father is German, originally from Hamburg, and her American mother is of German and Swedish descent.


Until age eleven, Kirsten Dunst lived in Brick Township, New Jersey, and attended Ranney School in Tinton Falls.


Kirsten Dunst began acting while a student at Notre Dame High School, and continued doing so after graduating in 2000.


Kirsten Dunst began her career at age three as a child fashion model in television commercials.


Kirsten Dunst was signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management.


In 1993, Kirsten Dunst made a guest appearance in an episode of the science fiction drama Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Kirsten Dunst played Claudia, the child vampire who is a surrogate daughter to Cruise's and Pitt's characters.


The film included a scene in which Kirsten Dunst shared her first onscreen kiss with Pitt, who is nearly two decades her senior.


Todd McCarthy of Variety stated that Kirsten Dunst was "just right" for the family.


Later in 1994, Kirsten Dunst co-starred in the drama film Little Women alongside Winona Ryder and Claire Danes.


The perfect contrast to take-charge Jo comes from Kirsten Dunst's scene-stealing Amy, whose vanity and twinkling mischief make so much more sense coming from an 11-year-old vixen than they did from grown-up Joan Bennett in 1933.


Kirsten Dunst, scarily effective as the baby bloodsucker of Interview With the Vampire, is a little vamp with a big future.


In 1995, Kirsten Dunst starred in the fantasy adventure film Jumanji, a loose adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book of the same name.


Kirsten Dunst was part of an ensemble cast that included Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and David Alan Grier.


In that year, and again in 2002, Kirsten Dunst was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.


From 1996 to 1997, Kirsten Dunst had a recurring role in season three of the NBC medical drama ER.


Kirsten Dunst played Charlie Chemingo, a child prostitute who was being cared for by the ER pediatrician Dr Doug Ross.


Also in 1997, Kirsten Dunst appeared in the black comedy film Wag the Dog, opposite Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman.


Kirsten Dunst starred in Sarah Kernochan's period comedy All I Wanna Do, playing a student at an all girls' boarding school in the 1960s, opposite Gaby Hoffmann, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Lynn Redgrave.


Kirsten Dunst starred in Drop Dead Gorgeous, a 1999 American satirical black comedy mockumentary film about a small town beauty pageant with Ellen Barkin and Allison Janney.


Kirsten Dunst played Lux Lisbon, one of the troubled teenage daughters of Ronald Lisbon.


Kirsten Dunst appeared in Savage Garden's music video "I Knew I Loved You", the first single from their second and final album Affirmation.


In 2000, Kirsten Dunst starred in the comedy Bring It On as Torrance Shipman, the captain of a cheerleading squad.


Kirsten Dunst later explained that she took the role for the opportunity to showcase her singing.


In 2002, Kirsten Dunst starred opposite Tobey Maguire in the superhero film Spider-Man, the most financially successful film of her career up until this date.


Kirsten Dunst played Mary Jane Watson, the best friend and love interest of Peter Parker.


Kirsten Dunst next co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman and Holly Hunter in the drama Levity, a story of a man who is released on parole and returns to his hometown seeking redemption.


Kirsten Dunst co-starred as Mary Svevo opposite Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Tom Wilkinson in Michel Gondry's science fiction romantic comedy-drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


Also in 2004, Kirsten Dunst co-starred opposite Paul Bettany in the romantic comedy Wimbledon in which she portrayed a rising tennis player in the Wimbledon Championships, while Bettany portrayed a fading former tennis star.


Kirsten Dunst revealed that working with Crowe was enjoyable, but more demanding than she had expected.


In 2007, Kirsten Dunst reprised the role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 3.


Ryan Gilbey of the New Statesman was critical of Kirsten Dunst's character, remarking that "the film-makers couldn't come up with much for Mary Jane to do other than scream a lot".


Robert Wilonsky of The Village Voice was critical of Kirsten Dunst's performance, writing she "seems to be speaking in four different accents at once, none of them quite of the English variety".


Kirsten Dunst added that the film "plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada".


Kirsten Dunst made her screenwriting and directorial debut with the short film Bastard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010 and was later featured at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.


Kirsten Dunst co-starred opposite Ryan Gosling in the mystery drama All Good Things, based on the true story of New York real estate developer Robert Durst, whose wife disappeared in 1982.


Also in 2010, Kirsten Dunst co-starred with Brian Geraghty in Carlos Cuaron's short film The Second Bakery Attack, based on Haruki Murakami's short story.


In 2011, Kirsten Dunst co-starred opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Rampling in Lars von Trier's drama film Melancholia as a woman suffering depression as the world ends.


Kirsten Dunst is so good in this film, playing a character unlike any other she has ever attempted.


Kirsten Dunst won several awards for her performance, including the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Actress Award from the US National Society of Film Critics.


Kirsten Dunst made a cameo in Beastie Boys' 2011 music video Fight For Your Right Revisited which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


Kirsten Dunst plays Regan Crawford, one of three women who reunite for the wedding of a friend who was ridiculed in high school.


Kirsten Dunst's appeared in the drama On the Road, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, in which she plays Camille Moriarty.


Kirsten Dunst was first approached for the role by director Walter Salles several years prior.


Finally in 2014, Kirsten Dunst voiced a character in the eighth episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and made a guest appearance in an episode of Portlandia.


Kirsten Dunst was cast as hairdresser Peggy Blumquist in the second season of the critically acclaimed FX crime comedy-drama Fargo, which earned her a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.


In 2016, Kirsten Dunst co-starred in Jeff Nichols' science fiction drama Midnight Special with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton.


Kirsten Dunst had a supporting role in the biographical drama Hidden Figures, a loose adaptation of the book of the same name, about African-American mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the Space Race.


In that year, Kirsten Dunst planned to direct an adaptation of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, starring Dakota Fanning, but stepped down from the project before production.


Kirsten Dunst starred alongside Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning in the drama The Beguiled, which marked her third collaboration with Sofia Coppola, who wrote and directed the film.


Matthew Norman of the Evening Standard similarly took note of the "impeccable" acting performances and wrote, "Kirsten Dunst lends the ideal measure of coiled physical longing to her prim spinster".


Kirsten Dunst then starred in the psychological thriller Woodshock, written and directed by her friends, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the Rodarte fashion label.


Kirsten Dunst prepared for the role over the course of a year, undertaking dream experiments in order to try to inhabit the character's state of mind.


Varietys Guy Lodge shared a similar opinion with the character, writing "Kirsten Dunst has form in playing irretrievably inverted depression to riveting effect, but the Mulleavys' script hardly gives her as complex an emotional or intellectual palette to work with".


In 2019, Kirsten Dunst starred in the Showtime dark comedy television series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which premiered in August that year.


Kirsten Dunst co-starred with her partner Jesse Plemons in Jane Campion's film The Power of the Dog distributed by Netflix, and given a limited theatrical release in the USA on November 17,2021.


Kirsten Dunst received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.


Kirsten Dunst made her singing debut in the comedy film Get Over It, performing two songs written by Marc Shaiman.


Kirsten Dunst recorded Henry Creamer and Turner Layton's jazz standard "After You've Gone" that was used in the end credits of The Cat's Meow.


Kirsten Dunst starred as the magical princess Majokko in the Takashi Murakami and McG directed short Akihabara Majokko Princess singing a cover of The Vapors' 1980 song "Turning Japanese".


Kirsten Dunst owned a Lower Manhattan apartment which she listed for sale in 2017.


In early 2008, Kirsten Dunst was treated for depression at the Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah.


Kirsten Dunst began dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal in 2002, after the two were introduced by Gyllenhaal's sister and Kirsten Dunst's Mona Lisa Smile co-star, Maggie Gyllenhaal.


Kirsten Dunst was in a relationship with her On the Road co-star Garrett Hedlund from 2012 to 2016; they were briefly engaged before eventually breaking up.


Kirsten Dunst began a relationship with her Fargo co-star Jesse Plemons in 2016 and they became engaged in 2017.


Kirsten Dunst worked in support of breast cancer awareness, participating in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon in September 2008 in order to raise funds for cancer research.


Kirsten Dunst supported Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election, and directed and narrated a documentary, Why Tuesday, about the tradition of voting on Tuesdays and low voter turnout in the United States, to "influence people in a positive way".


Kirsten Dunst endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential election.


Kirsten Dunst has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards: Best Supporting Actress for Interview with the Vampire and The Power of the Dog, Best Actress for Miniseries or Television Film for Fargo, and Best Actress for Television Series Musical or Comedy for On Becoming a God in Central Florida.


Kirsten Dunst was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Power of The Dog in the 2022 Academy Awards.