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Actress Dakota Fanning, Receiving Birthday Gift from Tom Cruise Since Age 11, Who Is She?

Not all the stars in Los Angeles have been shining since James Dean’s accident, but there are some faces that, still young, seem to have been in the acting elite since before the ‘Land’ was removed from the lyrics of ‘Hollywood’. Dakota Fanning is one of them: the acting prodigy, the fourth face of a Mount Rushmore that she shares with Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin, and Shirley Temple. He was already a star of the seventh art before his age reached two figures.

She made her film debut almost a quarter of a century ago and became known, supported in the cast by Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer, in I am Sam (2001). She has worked with Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, and Kevin Bacon, among others; In 2002, she placed herself under the orders of Steven Spielberg in a project for the small screen and, three years later, the American director chose her to star in War of the Worlds. This 2024 has turned 30 years old.

It was precisely in the film based on the novel of the same name by HG Wells, published in 1898, brought to the radio and to collective despair by Orson Welles, where she met Tom Cruise. A singular friendship blossomed between the two that, as Fanning now reveals in an interview for Harper’s BAZAAR, has been characterized by a tradition that the interpreter has maintained by sending a gift to the young woman since they coincided in the filming of the aforementioned film.

On February 23, 2005, she blew out the candles for her eleventh birthday. Cruise, Fanning’s father in that fiction, sent her a Motorola Razr. Her first cell phone. “Oh my gosh, I was so excited!” recalls the actress, confessing that she had no one to call or send a message. But that didn’t matter. Initially, that tradition, he says, was going to end at 18; then, at 21. However, Cruise never stopped doing it.

Months after that Motorola, a veteran Kurt Russell gave little Fanning, after sharing the screen in Chasing a dream, and horse. Cruise’s habit of sending Christmas cakes to all the co-stars he has worked with is also known. Hollywood friendships.

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