Happy 20th birthday, Dakota Fanning! The child star who had her Hollywood breakthrough at the tender age of 7 starring alongside Sean Penn in I Am Sam (for which she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for an individual SAG Award) has now entered her second decade. After starring in the hit Twilight films as an evil Volturi vampire, she has a slew of films on the way, including the upcoming indie comedy Franny, co-starring Richard Gere, the period drama Effie Gray about Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride and the gritty crime drama Every Secret Thing, with Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane.
But education is also a priority: Dakota is a student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a unique program which allows students to design their own curriculum. On the personal front, Dakota is dating British model Jamie Strachan—who’s 13 years her senior. Celebrate Dakota’s 20th birthday by seeing how she’s grown over the years in our gallery!