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About Elle Fanning

A screen actress since early childhood, Elle Fanning made her recording debut as a young adult for the 2018 musical film Teen Spirit. Proving she had a warm, engaging voice, Fanning performed several dance-pop tunes for the film's soundtrack, including an original song penned by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Born Mary Elle Fanning in Conyers, Georgia, Fanning began her acting career as a toddler in the early 2000s, appearing in projects such as the film I Am Sam (2001) and the TV mini-series Taken (2002) as younger versions of her real-life older sister, actress Dakota Fanning. This led to eventual supporting roles in films such as the family film Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel (2006). Co-produced by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, 2011's Super 8 featured Fanning in a prominent role that won her early critical praise. She followed it with parts including Ginger in Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa (2012), Aurora in Disney's Maleficent (2014), and Julie in the ensemble indie film 20th Century Women (2016). After co-starring in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled (2017), she appeared in the title role of the bio-pic Mary Shelley (2017).

In 2018's Teen Spirit, Fanning portrayed Violet Valenski, a shy teenager who pursues her dreams of pop stardom by entering an international singing competition. She performed a half-dozen songs for the film's soundtrack, alongside acts including Grimes, No Doubt, and Major Lazer, among others. Included among Fanning's performances were a cover of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" and the original song "Wildflowers," which was written by Carly Rae Jepsen and produced by Jack Antonoff.

HOMETOWN
Conyers, GA
GENRE
Pop
BORN
Apr 9, 1998

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