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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst at age 12 in Little Women At age 20, she's already had a longer Hollywood career than most stars, so it's about time we celebrated Kirsten's ascendancy to the top!
Our cover image (far right) folds out into a 33 x 23” colour poster!

At only 20 years old Kirsten Dunst, Kiki to her friends, is - thanks to the outstanding success of Spider-Man - one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. She seems to have achieved her superstardom without any of the clichéd spirals into drug-and-drink fuelled self-destruction that characterize the lives of so many child stars: "Some people say you grow up faster in Hollywood, but… I'm always working. I've missed all the dances at school… I've made sacrifices." She's definitely avoided the drugs scene, as she claimed recently, "I can't say I've never had a drink before, but I've never actually done a drug in my life." Perhaps this is because she has always had a very clear, single-minded sense of purpose: "I love acting. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do."

Kirsten Caroline Dunst was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to Klaus and Inez Dunst. Her passion for acting manifested itself very early on when she began appearing in commercials, the first of which was for a brand of doll, at the tender age of three. She featured in a staggering 70 adverts before stopping at the age of six, already a seasoned veteran. She was also in demand off-screen, and was a model at the age of four.

In 1989 she landed a small, uncredited role in the Woody Allen directed segment of New York Stories and soon afterwards her family moved from the East coast to Burbank, California, to help with Kirsten's desire to be an actress. John Stockwell, who recently directed her in Crazy/Beautiful, gave an indication of how she managed to get her family to happily uproot and move across country for the sake of her career: "She may look like the innocent girl next door, but when she wants something, watch out!"

It didn't take long for more roles to start coming her way...

by Scott Andrews

Each issue of Movie Idols focuses on a major star, with reviews of all of their film roles and a career profile. Read the full profile alongside over 15 full-colour photos of Kirsten in this issue
Movie Idols #29

Cover / poster image: Tammie Arroyo © Retna Ltd. Film still © Columbia Tristar
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