The Evolution of Dakota Fanning

From her early sweet-faced roles to playing a teen rocker, see photos of The Runaways star growing up on screen (13 Photos)

Thelma Adams on Apr 9, 2010 at 7:35AM

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The Evolution of Dakota Fanning

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'I Am Sam'

In this heartwarming 2001 Oscar winner about a mentally challenged man's right to be a father, Fanning got her first big-screen break playing Sean Penn's daughter with Michelle Pfeiffer as the brittle lawyer defending him. "It was really, really neat to make the movie because there were mentally challenged actors in the movie," 7-year-old Fanning said of shooting the drama. "So that was really, really cool to work with them and they were always really happy, and they made everybody really happy on the set, too."

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