Kirsten Dunst Biography

Kirsten Dunst is a renowned American actress and model. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about her life.

Quick Facts

Birthday: April 30, 1982

Nationality: American, German

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Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Taurus

Also Known As: Kirsten Caroline Dunst

Born Country: United States

Born in: Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Jesse Plemons (2016–)

father: Klaus Dunst

mother: Inez Dunst

siblings: Christian Dunst

Personality: ISFJ

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

U.S. State: New Jersey

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education: Ranney School, Notre Dame High School

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Kirsten Dunst is a renowned American actress and model. She began modeling at the tender age of three and by the age of 12, she had appeared in more than 90 commercials. However, this blonde beauty gained major recognition through her breakthrough role at the age of 11 in ‘Interview with the Vampire’. This captivating performance of hers not only made her a star but, also proved that she was much more than a precocious youngster. As the actress grew up in front of the camera, she effortlessly alternated between child-oriented and universal projects. Dunst achieved international fame after essaying the character of ‘Mary Jane Watson’ in the ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy. This porcelain-skinned actress is particular about selecting meaningful roles. And that’s the reason she is known as a ‘no-nonsense’ actress. There is a constant rumor in Hollywood that Dunst is an overpaid actress. Although some people may agree with the buzz, there is no denying that Dunst is one of the best actresses in Hollywood right now. She has won several awards in her acting career, including Saturn Awards, Empire Awards and MTV Movie Awards. She has also won the Best Actress Award at Cannes Film Festival

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Kirsten Caroline Dunst was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez Dunst and Klaus Hermann Dunst. Her mother was a one-time gallery owner who also worked as a flight attendant. Her father is a medical services executive.
  • The actress is of German and Swedish descent and also holds citizenship in Germany as well. She has a younger brother – Christian Dunst, who was born in 1987.
  • Kirsten Dunst was hired as a child model at the age of three. She was signed by the Ford and Elite Modeling Agencies. At the age of six, she was cast in the short film ‘Oedipus Wrecks’.
  • In 1990, she played the role of a daughter in ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’. This comedy-drama was based on Tom Wolfe's novel. In 1993, Dunst made a guest appearance in the science fiction series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ in its episode titled ‘Dark Page’.
  • Dunst lived in New Jersey until the age of 11. During that time, she attended the Ranney School. In 1993, her parents separated and she moved with her mother and brother to Los Angeles, California. She then studied at the Laurel Hall School and Notre Dame High School respectively.
  • The actress’ breakthrough role came in 1994 when she portrayed the character of ‘Claudia’ in ‘Interview with the Vampire’. Although this film got ambivalent reviews, several film critics applauded Dunst's performance. The film also earned her a Saturn Award and a MTV Movie Award along with the Golden Globe Award nomination.
  • The next year Dunst appeared in the fantasy adventure film titled ‘Jumanji’ which was based on a supernatural and ominous board game.
  • She lent her voice to the animated film ‘Anastasia’ in 1997. During that year, she also did the black comedy film ‘Wag the Dog’, starring opposite to Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.
  • A year later, in 1998, she lent her voice to the character of ‘Kiki’ in the movie ‘Kiki's Delivery Service’. In 1999, she appeared in the comedy flick ‘Dick’ which was based on Richard Nixon. The actress was also roped in for the Savage Garden music video that year.
  • After graduating from Notre Dame in the year 2000, Dunst focused on her acting career on a full-time basis.
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  • Kirsten Dunst was cast as ‘Torrance Shipman’ in ‘Bring It On’ in 2000. The next year, she appeared in the comedy flick ‘Get Over It’ and also in the historical drama ‘The Cat's Meow’.
  • In 2002, the blonde beauty was cast opposite Tobey Maguire in the superhero film ‘Spider-Man’—the most financially successful movie of Dunst’s career to date. In the film, she played ‘Mary Jane Watson’ who was the love interest of ‘Peter Parker’ (the Spiderman).
  • The success of ‘Spider-Man’ led the actress to reprise her role as ‘Mary Jane Watson’ in ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004).
  • The actress was then seen in 2005 as ‘Claire Colburn’ – a flight attendant in ‘Elizabethtown’. One year later, in 2006, she collaborated with Sofia Coppola and starred as the lead character in ‘Marie Antoinette’.
  • In 2007, she once again reprised her character of ‘Mary Jane Watson’ in ‘Spider-Man 3’.
  • A few years later in 2011, Kirsten Dunst did the drama film ‘Melancholia’, appearing as a depressed woman.
  • She played the role of ‘Peggy Blumquist’ in the critically acclaimed television drama series ‘Fargo’ in 2015, and received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
Major Works
  • Kirsten Dunst had a recurring role in season 3 of the medical drama ‘ER’ in 1996-97. The actress played a child prostitute who is taken under the guidance of a pediatrician. George Clooney also appeared in the series, playing the character of ‘Dr. Doug Ross’.
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  • She played the character of ‘Lux Lisbon’, a troubled teenager in Sofia Coppola's drama movie ‘The Virgin Suicides’ in 1999. In this film, the actress perfectly balanced innocence and wantonness.
  • As a singer she recorded ‘After You've Gone’ – the jazz standard which was used in the soundtrack of ‘The Cat's Meow’. She also sang two songs in ‘Spider-Man 3’. Besides these, she also sang for Jason Schwartzman's 2007 solo album ‘Nighttiming’.
Awards & Achievements
  • Kristen Dunst won the MTV Movie Award for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ and the Saturn Award for ‘Best Performance by a Younger Actor’ for ‘Interview with the Vampire’ (1994).
  • She won the ‘Empire Award for Best Actress’ and ‘MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance’ for her role as ‘Marry Jane Watson’ in ‘Spider-Man’ (2002). The same year, she was enlisted in ‘People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People’.
  • In 2011, she won the ‘Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress’ for ‘Melancholia’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Kristen Dunst is known for her complicated love life. The actress has had several romantic relationships with some popular Hollywood celebrities—Jason Boesel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Garrett Hedlund and Johnny Borrell.
  • In early 2008, the star was treated for depression at the Cirque Lodge treatment center, Utah. In late March 2008, Dunst checked out of the center and began shooting for her films.
  • In 2016, she began dating the ‘Fargo’ star Jesse Plemons. The couple got engaged in January 2017.
Humanitarian Work
  • Kirsten Dunst works with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She promoted a necklace and the revenue generated from the sales went to the foundation.
  • In September 2008, she participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon and raised funds for cancer research.
  • She participated in a telethon that took place in Mexico on December 5, 2009 and raised funds for children's rehabilitation and cancer treatment.
Net Worth
  • The net worth of Kirsten Dunst is estimated to be around $25 million.
  • Kirsten Dunst turned down the film ‘American Beauty’ as the latter demanded intimate scenes.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  (Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama)

2. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

  (Horror, Drama)

3. Hidden Figures (2016)

  (Drama, Biography, History)

4. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

5. Jumanji (1995)

  (Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Family, Adventure)

6. Spider-Man (2002)

  (Adventure, Action)

7. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

  (Action, Adventure)

8. Melancholia (2011)



MTV Movie & TV Awards
2003 Best Female Performance Spider-Man (2002)
2003 Best Kiss Spider-Man (2002)
1995 Best Breakthrough Performance Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

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