Elle Fanning Career Milestones
Born: Mary Elle Fanning
Birth Date: April 9, 1998
Birth Place: Conyers, Georgia, USA
Height: 5′ 7¾” (1,72 m)
Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent.
Energetic, lively, and bright are just a few words that describe Elle Fanning. Elle made her feature film debut in 2001 at the young age of two when she co-starred as a ‘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 (“Criminal Minds,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” The Lost Room mini-series and more). After “I Am Sam,” she went on to co-star 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. Elle starred as “Ruth Cole,” the daughter of Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges.
In 2005, Elle starred as the young ‘Sweetie Pie Thomas’ in “Because of Winn-Dixie,” with Cicely Tyson and Dave Matthews. 2006 was a busy year for Elle, appearing in two movies. The first was Paramount’s “Babel,” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Next was Touchstone’s “Déjà Vu,” directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington.
In 2007, Elle filmed “Reservation Road,” where she played “Emma Learner,” the daughter of Joaquin Phoenix, and director John August’s “The Nines,” In 2008, she played the young Cate Blanchett in Paramount and director David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” opposite Brad Pitt.
Also that year, Elle starred as “Phoebe Lichten” 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 to rave reviews for its young star. The movie tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who won’t, or cant, follow the rules as she struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome.
Elle can most recently be seen starring alongside Stephen Dorff in Sofia Coppola’s latest film “Somewhere.” The film, which Focus released in December 2010, follows a father and his daughter as he is forced to re-examine his life due to her unexpected visit. The film 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 the film.
Last year she starred in two films: “Super 8” and “Twixt Now and Sunrise” for director Francis Ford Coppola, where she stars opposite Val Kilmer and Bruce Dem. Elle is currently in production on Fox’s “We Bought a Zoo,” directed by Cameron Crowe, also starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannson, as well as Elle has most recently been cast in “Pure Life,” a Van Fischer film, where she is to star opposite Vera Farmiga.
She has since starred in a number of prominent films, including Benjamin Button’in tuhaf hikayesi (2008), Super 8 (2011), We Bought a Zoo (2011), and Maleficent (2014).
Besides acting, her other passions include singing, dancing and writing. She resides in Los Angeles with her parents and sister, Dakota Fanning.