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Fanning inspires look at 5 great child actresses

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm •  Published: March 14, 2013

— Kirsten Dunst: She started modeling and appearing in commercials when she was only a few years old, but her breakout role at age 12 was playing the adorably creepy vampire Claudia opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in "Interview With the Vampire." Great choices from there have included Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette," Michel Gondry's dreamlike "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and the kitschy cheerleader comedy "Bring It On." Playing Mary-Jane in the "Spider-Man" trilogy probably didn't hurt. But she was excellent — and deserved an Oscar nomination — for her haunting work as a depressed bride in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia." (She also has a movie opening this weekend, the sci-fi romance "Upside Down.")

— Abigail Breslin: She was one of the youngest-ever Oscar nominees at age 10 for her charming, vulnerable and ultimately inspiring performance as awkward pageant contestant Olive in the crowd-pleasing indie "Little Miss Sunshine." But she made an impression even earlier than that when she made her film debut at just 5 in M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs." Her varied work has ranged from the star-studded romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe" to the heart-tugging "My Sister's Keeper" to the horror comedy "Zombieland" to the musical drama "Janie Jones," which showed off her singing and guitar-playing talents. (Like Fanning and Dunst, Breslin has a new movie in theaters this weekend, too: the thriller "The Call.") And she's only 16 now — it's all out there in front of her.


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