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Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia), better known simply as Dakota Fanning, is a Hollywood actress.
Fanning learned to read at age two. She rose to stardom quickly, being chosen for a Tide commercial at age five.
At the age of 8, she became the youngest person to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, for her supporting performance in I Am Sam (2001).
When she received the Best Young Actor/Actress award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her performance in I Am Sam, she was too short to reach the microphone to give her acceptance speech. Presenter Orlando Bloom held her up to the mike for the duration of her speech, which turned out to be quite long.
Dakota Fanning's sister, Elle Fanning, is a budding actress. Elle's first roles were as the younger version of Dakota's character in I Am Sam and Taken. Dakota appeared on The Tonight Show on November 10, 2003, where she declared that she and her sister shared room, and described co-star Mike Myers as very funny.
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Dakota appeared on The Tonight Show on November 10, 2003, where she declared that she and her sister shared room, and described co-star Mike Myers as very funny. The song is featured on the band's album In Utero. Elle's first roles were as the younger version of Dakota's character in I Am Sam and Taken. Farmer was the subject of a song by the popular grunge band Nirvana entitled "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle". Dakota Fanning's sister, Elle Fanning, is a budding actress. These comments do not support the biographical description of her as a "lobotomized zombie". When she received the Best Young Actor/Actress award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her performance in I Am Sam, she was too short to reach the microphone to give her acceptance speech. Presenter Orlando Bloom held her up to the mike for the duration of her speech, which turned out to be quite long. They also describe a woman who was able to establish a comfortable lifestyle and a successful career, (albeit hampered by alcoholism), in which she was required to display creativity and intelligence, and to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of people, especially during her 6 year role as a television presenter.
At the age of 8, she became the youngest person to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, for her supporting performance in I Am Sam (2001). They describe emotional outbursts similar to those attributed to Farmer during her Hollywood years. She rose to stardom quickly, being chosen for a Tide commercial at age five. Associates who knew Farmer during her later years in Indianapolis have described her as a woman capable of unreasonable or temperamental behavior, who could sometimes be confrontational and difficult. Fanning learned to read at age two. It has been further stated that former staff members have confirmed in interviews that Farmer did not receive a lobotomy. Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia), better known simply as Dakota Fanning, is a Hollywood actress. Although a number of patients have been recorded as receiving the procedure, there has been no evidence presented to support the claim that Farmer was among them.
Tomcats (2001). Considered a ground-breaking medical procedure at the time, the hospital did not attempt to conceal their work, and on the contrary had kept extensive records. I Am Sam (2001, Lucy Diamond Dawson, alongside Sean Penn). Debunkers of this aspect of Farmer's representation have stated that medical records for Western State Hospital, where Farmer was a patient, show that lobotomies were practiced during her time there. Father Xmas (2001, Clairee). Arnold stated several years later that his intention had not been to create a true biography of Farmer, and that much of his story had been "fictionalized". Trapped (2002, Abigail Jennings). This statement was widely accepted as factual, and scenes of Farmer being subjected to the procedure were used to shocking effect in the film Frances.
Sweet Home Alabama (2002, young Melanie). A further biography Shadowlands by William Arnold, published in 1978, asserted for the first time that Farmer had been the subject of a transorbital lobotomy. Hansel & Gretel (2002, Katie). Ratcliffe later admitted that she had deliberately exaggerated Farmer's torment, and that much of the finished work was not contributed by Farmer. Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, (2002, mini-series, Allie Keys). The book's author, Farmer's friend Jean Ratcliffe, admitted that she had written the book specifically with the view to creating a saleable and filmable property. Uptown Girls (2003, Lorraine Schleine). Her own ghostwritten autobiography published after her death described the brutality of her incarceration, and claimed that she had been raped, beaten, doused in freezing baths, and forced by a warder to eat her own feces.
The Cat in the Hat, (2003, Sally). In the years since Farmer's death, her treatment in institutions has been the subject of serious discussion and wild speculation, such as the sensationized chapter relating to her breakdown, in Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger. Man on Fire (2004, alongside Denzel Washington). Susan Blakely also portrayed Farmer in a television production which used the title of the autobiography. Hide and Seek (2005). Lange has maintained her compassion and empathy for Farmer's plight and in interviews remains an ardent supporter. Nine Lives (2005, Maria). Actress Jessica Lange played Farmer in the 1982 feature film "Frances" and was Oscar-nominated for her role.
War of the Worlds (2005, unknown part). Although Farmer had worked on it until her illness overwhelmed her, much of it was written by a friend Jean Ratcliffe. Dreamer (2005, unknown part). Her autobiography Will There Really Be A Morning was published posthumously and previously unknown details of Farmer's hellish life became public for the first time. Conquistadora (2005, Anastasia). Frances Farmer is interred in the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fishers, Indiana. Charlotte's Web (2006, Fern). During this time she made friends who treated her as family, something she claimed never to have experienced before, and she lived the remaining few years of her life in contented obscurity before her death from esophageal cancer in 1970.
Farmer finally found security in Indianapolis where in 1958 she was given her own afternoon show Frances Farmer Presents but by 1964, her alcoholism had made her unreliable and she was fired. She appeared in one mediocre film that exploited her famous name, but Hollywood quickly lost interest in her. Reviewers of the program described her responses as highly intelligent, and also noted her brusque but forthcoming reactions to some of the more personal questions and suggested that on occasions she seemed to be on the verge of losing her patience. Farmer stated that she did not believe that she had ever been mentally ill, and even at the time had not believed it, but that "if a person is treated like a patient, they are apt to act like one".
This was followed by an appearance on the TV show This Is Your Life, where Farmer was questioned over her alcohol abuse and mental illness. This led to a renewed interest in her and a couple of appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show where Sullivan treated her with dignity. After finally being recognized by a talent agent, in 1957 he arranged for her to move to San Francisco to work as a receptionist in a hotel where the talent agent arranged for a reporter to recognize her and write an article about her. In 1954, after a brief second marriage, she moved to Eureka, California where she worked anonymously for almost three years as a secretary/bookkeeper at a photo studio.
Later she ascertained and secured competency for herself. At this time she believed that she could be institutionalized again on her mother's instruction, as had happened in the past. Farmer stated in her autobiography that they had done so in order to have her take care of them in their old age. In 1950, her parents made a request that the state review her case, declare her competent and parole her.
Three subsequent stays in a state mental institution followed, the longest from April 1946 to March 1950. Declared incompetent, she was released into her mother's care, and went to live with her. After her arrest for violating probation she went to a mental institution where she received insulin and shock treatment (ECT). Dragged from her hotel room to face a charge, she threw an inkwell at the judge and swore at him, and found herself sentenced to 180 days probation.
More insecure than her abrasive and self-assured persona indicated, she was also battling alcoholism and a driving offence set in motion a chain of events that led to her downfall, with Farmer seemingly determined to destroy herself. Unfortunately her two subsequent appearances on Broadway each had short runs, and she found herself back in Los Angeles, frequently being loaned out by Paramount to other studios for starring roles, while at her home studio she was consigned to costarring appearances. She arranged a special deal with Paramount where she agreed to stay in Los Angeles for three months out of every year to make motion pictures, freeing up the remainder of each year for her theater activities. This relationship ended with Farmer feeling betrayed that he had used her drawing power to further the success of his play, and she returned to Hollywood, somewhat chastened and willing to continue her movie career, though still on her terms.
She embarked on an affair with Odets but he was married to the actress Luise Rainer and offered Farmer no commitment. With the intention of solidifying her reputation as a serious actress, she left Hollywood in 1937, first to do summer stock on the East Coast, and, after she was seen there by Harold Clurman and Clifford Odets, to join the Group Theatre and to appear in the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy. In an age when the studios dictated every facet of a star's life, Farmer rebelled against the studio's control and off-screen resisted every attempt that was made to glamourize her life. Her aspiration was to be a great actress and she felt stifled by Paramount's tendency to cast her in costume dramas that depended on her looks more than her talent, and her naturally outspoken demeanor became uncooperative and contemptuous.
Farmer was not entirely satisfied with her career progression. She married her first husband, actor Leif Erickson the same year. Her portrayals of both the mother and daughter were well received by critics and public alike, and many critics wrote of her potential to become a major star. In 1936 she gave her most acclaimed performance when she was loaned to Samuel Goldwyn to appear in Come and Get It, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.
After receiving top billing in two well-received 1936 Paramount "B" films, she was cast opposite Bing Crosby the same year in Rhythm On The Range. She moved to Hollywood in 1935, where her striking good looks and distinctive voice led her to a 7-year contract with Paramount Studios. These deeds led to accusations that she was both an atheist and a Communist, but her first interest had always been acting, which she studied at the University of Washington. In 1931, Farmer won an essay contest for a controversial work titled "God Dies", and in 1935 won a trip to the Soviet Union while working for a leftist newspaper.
Frances Elena Farmer (born September 19, 1913 in Seattle, Washington and died August 1, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana) was an American film actress.