Elle Fanning's Most Memorable Performances
From appearing as the younger version of her sister, Dakota, in I Am Sam to her praise-worthy performance in Ginger & Rosa, Elle Fanning is an actor that can do it all. Born in Georgia in 1998, the young actress has starred in dozens of films alongside fellow stars, including Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her performances have won the approval of film critics, garnered award nominations, and cemented herself as one of the actresses to watch. Ahead, we take a look at some of her most memorable roles.
In The Great, Fanning plays Empress Catherine II alongside Nicholas Hoult, who portrays Emperor Peter III. The series is a fictionalized telling of how Catherine the Great rose to power in Russia in the 1700s.
'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'
In 2019, Fanning took on the role of Briar Rose in the hit movie, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The film also stars Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sam Riley.
'All Bright Places'
Fanning appeared as Violet Markey in the teen romantic drama, All Bright Places, in 2020. The film centers around the themes of friendship, romance, and mental health.
'Ginger & Rosa'
The young actress was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for her performance in the 2012 drama Ginger & Rosa. Fanning was applauded by the New York Times for her acting in the film.
Over a decade ago, Fanning starred in the Sofia Coppola-directed Somewhere, which focuses on the story of a fictional actor who has an existential crisis while recovering from an injury at Chateau Marmont. The film debuted at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and received positive reviews from movie critics.
'20th Century Women'
Fanning joined other big names, including Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup, in 20th Century Women, set in 1970s southern California. People loved it so much that it was nominated for the Best Motion Picture Music or Comedy award at the Golden Globes.
In 2011, Fanning took on the role of Alice Dainard in the science thriller film Super 8, which was written and directed by J.J. Abrams and co-produced by Steven Spielberg. The movie received glowing reviews and grossed approximately $260 million worldwide.
Fanning once again joined forces with Sofia Coppola in 2017 in The Beguiled. Set in Virginia during the Civil War, The Beguiled is about a group of teachers and students at an all-girl boarding school in the South who help an injured Union soldier. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Kirsten Dunst.
The actress switched gears in 2018 to star in the musical drama Teen Spirit, which Max Minghella directed. Fanning and Minghella dated for nearly five years after meeting on set.
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