Today is Dakota Fanning’s birthday

February 24th, 2012 - 12:02 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Los Angeles, Feb 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Dakota Fanning, the once little child who dazzled many people including Tom Cruise, turned 18 today (the 23rd of February 2012). As unbelievable as this may be, it has been a decade since she received numerous awards for her role in the project “I Am Sam.”

Kota, as she is famously called, was born Hannah Dakota Fanning. Her first major movie was “I Am Sam” which she appeared in at the age of just 7 years. Her role in the project brought her to the public attention and at the age of eight years, Kota became the youngest star – at the age of eight – to be nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award.

Although she failed to win the award, she was honored with the Best Young Actor/Actress award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. When she was giving her acceptance speech, show host Orlando Bloom had to literally hold her before she could reach the microphone. She will definitely look back at this day and laugh it off.

She starred alongside Tom Cruise in the movie “The War of the Worlds.” After the movie, Cruise presented Kota with a phone and the two has since shared a strong bond.

Kota has appeared in several movies since her debut.

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