The Vampire Chronicles
The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by American writer Anne Rice that revolves around the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman turned into a vampire in the 18th century. Rice said in a 2008 interview that her vampires were a "metaphor for lost souls"; the homoerotic overtones of The Vampire Chronicles are well-documented. As of November 2008, The Vampire Chronicles had sold 80 million copies worldwide. Interview with the Vampire was made into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst. 1988's The Queen of the Damned was adapted into a 2002 film of the same name, starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah and using some material from 1985's The Vampire Lestat. In August 2014, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment acquired the motion picture rights to the entire series. In November 2016, Rice announced. On July 17, 2018, it was announced that television series adaptation of the novels was in development by streaming service Hulu.
Interview with the Vampire The Vampire Lestat The Queen of the Damned The Tale of the Body Thief Memnoch the Devil The Vampire Armand Merrick Blood and Gold Blackwood Farm Blood Canticle Prince Lestat Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat Pandora Vittorio the Vampire The Vampire Chronicles and Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches series have a few crossover novels, making Witches part of the Vampires universe. The Witching Hour Lasher Taltos Merrick Blackwood Farm Blood Canticle Rice considered Blood Canticle a conclusion to the series and thought she would never write about Lestat again. In a 2008 interview with Time, she called her vampires a "metaphor for lost souls", noted that writing about them had been, to her, "a sort of search for God and a kind of grief for a lost faith." Her 1998 return to the Catholic Church after 38 years of atheism had prompted a change in the direction of her writing that resulted in her 2005 novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and its 2008 sequel Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.
However, in the same interview, Rice said: "I have one more book that I would like to write. But it will have to be in a redemptive framework, it will have to be where Lestat is wrestling with the existence of God in a personal way." That same year she produced a YouTube video in which she told her readers that she had dismissed any intentions of writing any more books in The Vampire Chronicles, calling the series "closed". During a 2012 Q&A in Toronto, Canada, an audience member asked Rice if she would bring any of her old characters back, to which she replied: "I'm not ruling it out. I think it's possible. I mean, I feel open with a new confidence in myself about it. I want to hear what Lestat has to say." On March 10, 2014, Rice announced a new installment of The Vampire Chronicles titled Prince Lestat, calling it the first of a new series. On November 29, 2016, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis was released, followed in 2018 by Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat; the first vampires appeared in Ancient Egypt, their origin connected to spirits which existed before Earth.
Mekare and Maharet, twin witches living on Mount Carmel, were able to speak to the mischievous and bloodthirsty shade Amel. Amel grew becoming her familiar. In time, soldiers sent by Queen Akasha of Egypt captured the two witches. Coveting their knowledge and power, the Queen tortured the witches for some time. In time, as Akasha's own treacherous noblemen conspired against her and instigated both her murder and that of her husband, King Enkil, the spirit of Amel infused into her body as she lay dying; the shade's power and bloodlust roused her from death - reborn as the first immortal. After siring her spouse as well and Enkil became known as the Divine Parents. To punish the twins for standing against her, the Queen had Maharet's eyes torn out and Mekare's tongue severed. Before they were to be executed, the steward Khayman sired them both out of pity. Together they formed the First Brood and stood against the Divine Parents and their followers, the Queen's Blood. Overwhelmed and captured, the twins were sent into exile.
After two millennia, the Queen and King went catatonic. They were maintained like statues by elders and priests under the impression that if Akasha - the host of Amel, the Sacred Core - died, all vampires would die with her; as the Common Era arrived, most undead forgot. As years passed, the story of the Divine Parents were maintained by a few elders who believed it themselves. Despite this, many of the self-made blood gods - vampires from Akasha's earlier progeny - remained entombed in hollowed-out trees or brick cells where they starved. Early in the Common Era, the elder, entrusted to keep the Parents abandoned Akasha and Enkil in the desert to wait for the sun to rise and consume them. While they remained unharmed, young vampires everywhere were destroyed by fire and mighty elders were badly burned. Following this, the fledgling Marius - a gifted Roman scholar - went to Egypt and retrieved the Divine Parents, making them his sacred responsibility as the new keeper. Over the course of nearly two millennia, they came to be known in legends as Mari
Little Red Riding Hood
"Little Red Riding Hood" is a European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. Its origins can be traced back to the 10th century by several European folk tales, including one from Italy called The False Grandmother written among others by Italo Calvino in the Italian Folktales collection; the story has been changed in various retellings and subjected to numerous modern adaptations and readings. Other names for the story are: "Little Red Ridinghood", "Little Red Cap" or "Red Riding Hood", it is number 333 in the Aarne–Thompson classification system for folktales. The story revolves around a girl called Little Red Riding Hood. In Grimms' and Perrault's versions of the tale, she is named after her red hooded cape/cloak that she wears; the girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother. In the Grimms' version, her mother had ordered her to stay on the path. A Big Bad Wolf wants to eat the food in the basket, he secretly stalks her behind trees, bushes and patches of little and tall grass.
He approaches Little Red Riding Hood. He suggests. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother's house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl, he waits for the girl, disguised as the grandma. When the girl arrives, she notices that her grandmother looks strange. Little Red says, "What a deep voice you have!", "Goodness, what big eyes you have!", "And what big hands you have!", lastly, "What a big mouth you have", at which point the wolf jumps out of bed and eats her up too. He falls asleep. In Charles Perrault's version of the story, the tale ends here. However, in versions, the story continues as follows: A woodcutter in the French version, but a hunter in the Brothers Grimm and traditional German versions, comes to the rescue with an axe, cuts open the sleeping wolf. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed, they fill the wolf's body with heavy stones. The wolf awakens and attempts to flee. Sanitized versions of the story have the grandmother locked in the closet instead of being eaten and some have Little Red Riding Hood saved by the lumberjack as the wolf advances on her rather than after she gets eaten, where the woodcutter kills the wolf with his axe.
The tale makes the clearest contrast between the safe world of the village and the dangers of the forest, conventional antitheses that are medieval, though no written versions are as old as that. It warns about the dangers of not obeying one's mother; the most iconic scene from the story is included in the fairytale forest in the Dutch theme park'Efteling'. The big bad wolf, dressed as a grandmother, is lying in bed, he has dressed up so. Red Riding Hood, in Dutch'Roodkapje' is a famous figure in the Dutch/Flemish cartoon'Sprookjesboom'. An old Dutch children's song is dedicated to Little Red Riding Hood, called'Little Red Riding Hood where are you going?' The story displays many similarities to stories from classical Rome. Scholar Graham Anderson has compared the story to a local legend recounted by Pausanias in which, each year, a virgin girl was offered to a malevolent spirit dressed in the skin of a wolf, who raped the girl. One year, the boxer Euthymos came along, slew the spirit, married the girl, offered up as a sacrifice.
There are a number of different stories recounted by Greek authors involving a woman named Pyrrha and a man with some name meaning "wolf". The Roman poet Horace alludes to a tale in which a male child is rescued alive from the belly of Lamia, a female ogress in classical mythology; the dialogue between the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood has its analogies to the Norse Þrymskviða from the Elder Edda. Instead, the gods sent him; when the giants note Thor's unladylike eyes and drinking, Loki explains them as Freyja's not having slept, or eaten, or drunk, out of longing for the wedding. A parallel to another Norse myth, the chase and eventual murder of the sun goddess by the wolf Sköll, has been drawn. A similar story belongs to the North African tradition, namely in Kabylia, where a number of versions are attested; the theme of the little girl who visits her dad in his cabin and is recognized by the sound of her bracelets constitutes the refrain of a well-known song by the modern singer Idir, A Vava Inouva: The theme of the ravening wolf and of the creature released unharmed from its belly is reflected in the Russian tale Peter and the Wolf and another Grimm tale The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, but its general theme of restoration is at least as old as the biblical story and the Whale.
The theme appears in the story of the life of Saint Margaret, wherein the saint emerges unharmed from the belly of a dragon, in the epic "The Red Path" by Jim C. Hines. A Taiwanese story from the 16th Century, known as Grandaunt Tiger bears several striking similarities; when the girl's mother goes out, t
We're No Angels (1989 film)
We're No Angels is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore. It was a box office bomb grossing $10.5 million on a $20 million budget. A couple of 1930s Great Depression-era convicts and Jim, jailed on never-specified charges and abused by a ruthless warden, are dragged along when a vicious killer named Bobby escapes the electric chair; the two end up in a small upstate New York town near the Canada–US border, where they are mistaken for a pair of priests expected at the local monastery. They want to flee but cannot, since misunderstandings and the warden's search party looking for Bobby make a trip across the bridge to Canada impossible. Ned and Jim continue to masquerade as priests and welcomed by Father Levesque. An opportunity presents itself in the form of a procession to the church's sister church across the border; each priest participating has to bring along someone who needs help, so they decide on the deaf-mute daughter of Molly, a local laundress and prostitute.
Bobby is killed by police during the procession. Ned saves Molly's daughter from drowning, after this event she is able to speak. Jim is befriended by a young monk and decides to stay in the monastery to become a priest. Ned takes her daughter to Canada. Robert De Niro as Ned Sean Penn as Jim Demi Moore as Molly Hoyt Axton as Father Levesque Bruno Kirby as Deputy Ray McAnally as Warden James Russo as Bobby Wallace Shawn as Translator John C. Reilly as Young Monk. Rotten Tomatoes sampled 19 reviewers and judged 47% of the reviews to be positive, with an average score of 5; the film debuted at #8 at the United States box office. It was unsuccessful on home video. Romans, an unofficial remake in Malayalam language, written by YV Rajesh; the Lizard, an Iranian comedy drama film directed by Kamal Tabrizi. We're No Angels on IMDb We're No Angels at Box Office Mojo
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor, film producer, director. A Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes's portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in Schindler's List earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, his performance as Count Almásy in The English Patient garnered him a second Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. Since Fiennes has been in a number of notable films, including Quiz Show, Strange Days, The End of the Affair, Red Dragon, Maid in Manhattan, The Constant Gardener, In Bruges, The Reader, Clash of the Titans, Great Expectations and The Grand Budapest Hotel, he voiced Rameses in The Prince of Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Batman Movie. Fiennes is known for his roles in major film franchises such as the Harry Potter film series, in which he played Lord Voldemort, the James Bond series, in which he has played Gareth Mallory / M, starting with the 2012 film Skyfall.
In 2011, Fiennes made his directorial debut with his film adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus, in which he played the title character. Fiennes won a Tony Award for playing Prince Hamlet on Broadway. Since 1999, Fiennes has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK. One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Fiennes appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK. Fiennes is an Honorary Associate of London Film School. Fiennes was born in Ipswich, on 22 December 1962, he is the eldest child of Mark Fiennes, a farmer and photographer, Jennifer Lash, a writer. He has English and Scottish ancestry, his surname is of Norman origin. His grandfathers were Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash, his great-great-uncle was Edward Pomeroy Colley, a civil engineer and first-class passenger who died in the sinking of RMS Titanic. Fiennes is an eighth cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, a third cousin of adventurer Ranulph Fiennes and author William Fiennes.
He is the eldest of six children. His siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes, his foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist. His nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; the Fiennes family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in County Kilkenny for some years. Fiennes was educated at St Kieran's College for one year, followed by Newtown School, a Quaker independent school in County Waterford, they moved to Salisbury in England, where Fiennes finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworth's School. He went on to pursue painting at Chelsea College of Art before deciding that acting was his true passion. Fiennes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art between 1983 and 1985, he began his career at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park and at the National Theatre before achieving prominence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fiennes first worked on screen in 1990 and made his film debut in 1992 as Heathcliff in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights opposite Juliette Binoche.
1993 was his "breakout year". He had a major role in Peter Greenaway's film The Baby of Mâcon with Julia Ormond, which provoked controversy and was poorly received; that year he became known internationally for portraying the amoral Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Göth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. For this he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he did win the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for the role. His portrayal of Göth earned him a spot on the American Film Institute's list of Top 50 Film Villains. Fiennes shed it afterwards. Fiennes stated that playing the role had a profoundly disturbing effect on him. In a subsequent interview, Fiennes recalled, Evil is cumulative, it happens. People believe that they've got to do a job, they've got to take on an ideology, that they've got a life to lead. I mean, I could make a judgment myself this is a terrible, horrific man, but the job was to portray the human being. There's a sort of banality, that I think was important.
And it was in the screenplay. In fact, one of the first scenes with Oskar Schindler, with Liam Neeson, was a scene where I'm saying, "You don't understand how hard it is, I have to order so many-so many meters of barbed wire and so many fencing posts and I have to get so many people from A to B." And, you know, he's sort of letting off steam about the difficulties of the job. In 1994, he portrayed American academic Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show. In 1996 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the epic World War II romance The English Patient, in which he starred with Kristin Scott-Thomas. Fiennes' film work has encompassed a variety of genres, including thrillers, an animated Biblical epic, camp nostalgia, romantic comedy, historical drama. In 1999, Fiennes had the title role in Onegin, a film which he helped produce, his sist
Angela Olive Carter, who published under the pen name Angela Carter, was an English novelist, short story writer and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, picaresque works. She is best known for her book The Bloody Chamber, published in 1979. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2012, Nights at the Circus was selected as the best winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, to Sophia Olive and Hugh Alexander Stalker, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother. After attending Streatham and Clapham High School, in south London, she began work as a journalist on The Croydon Advertiser, following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.. She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter, divorcing in 1972. In 1969, she used the proceeds of her Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, where she claims in Nothing Sacred that she "learnt what it is to be a woman and became radicalised".
She wrote about her experiences there in articles for New Society and a collection of short stories, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, evidence of her experiences in Japan can be seen in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman. She explored the United States and Europe, helped by her fluency in French and German, she spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities, including the University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, the University of East Anglia. In 1977, Carter met Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son and whom she married shortly before her death. In 1979, both The Bloody Chamber, her feminist essay, The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography, appeared. In the essay, according to the writer Marina Warner, Carter "deconstructs the arguments that underlie The Bloody Chamber. It's about desire and its destruction, the self-immolation of women, how women collude and connive with their condition of enslavement, she was much more independent-minded than the traditional feminist of her time."As well as being a prolific writer of fiction, Carter contributed many articles to The Guardian, The Independent and New Statesman, collected in Shaking a Leg.
She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on Richard Dadd and Ronald Firbank. Two of her fictions have been adapted for film: The Company of The Magic Toyshop, she was involved in both adaptations. These neglected works, as well as her controversial television documentary, The Holy Family Album, are discussed in Charlotte Crofts' book, Anagrams of Desire, her novel Nights at the Circus won the 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature. Her last novel, Wise Children, is a surreal wild ride through British theatre and music hall traditions. At the time of her death, Carter had started work on a sequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre based on the life of Jane's stepdaughter, Adèle Varens. Angela Carter died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing lung cancer. Shadow Dance The Magic Toyshop Several Perceptions Heroes and Villains Love The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman The Passion of New Eve Nights at the Circus Wise Children Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces The Bloody Chamber The Bridegroom Black Venus American Ghosts and Old World Wonders Burning Your Boats Five Quiet Shouters Unicorn Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter Come Unto These Yellow Sands: Four Radio Plays The Curious Room: Plays, Film Scripts and an Opera The Donkey Prince Miss Z, the Dark Young Lady Comic and Curious Cats Moonshadow illustrated by Justin Todd Sea-Cat and Dragon King The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings Expletives Deleted: Selected Writings Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writing She wrote two entries in "A Hundred Things Japanese" published in 1975 by the Japan Culture Institute.
ISBN 0-87040-364-8 It says "She has lived in Japan both from 1969 to 1971 and during 1974". Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories The Virago Book of Fairy Tales a.k.a. The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales a.k.a. Strange Things Still Sometimes Happen: Fairy Tales From Around the World Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales illustrated by Michael F
William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Louise, his first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall, horror film Interview with the Vampire. He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club and the heist film Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, his greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, World War Z. Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball, he produced The Departed and 12 Years a Slave, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, The Tree of Life and The Big Short, all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.
As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry. For a number of years, he was cited as the world's most attractive man by various media outlets, his personal life is the subject of wide publicity. In 2000, he married actress Jennifer Aniston. In 2014, Pitt married actress Angelina Jolie, they have six children together. In 2016, Jolie filed for a divorce from Pitt, pending. Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to William Alvin Pitt, the proprietor of a trucking company, Jane Etta, a school counsellor; the family soon moved to Springfield, where he lived together with his younger siblings, Douglas Mitchell and Julie Neal. Born into a conservative household, he was raised as Southern Baptist but has since stated that he does not "have a great relationship with religion" and that he "oscillate between agnosticism and atheism". Pitt has described Springfield as "Mark Twain country, Jesse James country", having grown up with "a lot of hills, a lot of lakes".
Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf and tennis teams. He participated in the school's Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, in musicals. Following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising; as graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down. He loved films—"a portal into different worlds for me"—and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks short of completing the coursework for a degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons and worked odd jobs, he has named his early acting heroes as Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke. While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London. Pitt's acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out, No Man's Land and Less Than Zero. In May 1987, his television debut came with a two-episode role on the NBC soap opera Another World.
In November of the same year, Pitt had a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. He appeared in four episodes of the CBS primetime series Dallas between December 1987 and February 1988 as Randy, the boyfriend of Charlie Wade. In 1988, Pitt made a guest appearance on the Fox police drama 21 Jump Street. In the same year, the Yugoslavian–U. S. Co-production The Dark Side of the Sun gave Pitt his first leading film role, as a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition; the film was shelved at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, was not released until 1997. Pitt made two motion picture appearances in 1989: the first in a supporting role in the comedy Happy Together, he made guest appearances on television series Head of the Class, Freddy's Nightmares and Growing Pains. Pitt was cast as Billy Canton, a drug addict who takes advantage of a young runaway in the 1990 NBC television movie Too Young to Die?, the story of an abused teenager sentenced to death for a murder.
Ken Tucker, television reviewer for Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Pitt is a magnificent slimeball as her hoody boyfriend. The same year, Pitt co-starred in six episodes of the short-lived Fox drama Glory Days and took a supporting role in the HBO television film The Image, his next appearance came in the 1991 film Across the Tracks. After years of supporting roles in film and frequent television guest appearances, Pitt attracted wider recognition in his supporting role in Ridley Scott's 1991 road film Thelma & Louise, he played J. D. a small-time criminal. His love scene with Davis has been cited as the event. After Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred in the 1991 film Johnny Suede, a low-budget picture about an aspiring rock star, the 1992 live-action/animated fantasy film Cool Wor
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress. She made her debut in the 1989 anthology film New York Stories, appearing in the segment Oedipus Wrecks directed by Woody Allen. At the age of twelve, Dunst gained widespread recognition as Claudia in Interview with the Vampire, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, she appeared in Jumanji the following year. After a recurring role on the third season of ER, appearances in films such as Wag the Dog, Small Soldiers, the 1998 English dub of Kiki's Delivery Service and The Virgin Suicides, Dunst starred in a string of comedies, including Drop Dead Gorgeous, Bring It On, Get Over It, Crazy/Beautiful. Dunst achieved fame for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. Since her films have included Mona Lisa Smile, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, the title role in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and The Two Faces of January.
In 2011, she won Best Actress at Cannes for her performance in Lars von Trier's Melancholia. In 2015, Dunst starred as Peggy Blumquist on the second season of the television series Fargo, her performance garnered critical acclaim, leading to her winning the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress, being nominated for Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards. In 2017, Dunst received a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the film Hidden Figures, co-starred in her third collaboration with Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled. Dunst was born in New Jersey, to Klaus Hermann Dunst and Inez Rupprecht, she has Christian. Her father worked for Siemens as a medical services executive, her mother worked for Lufthansa as a flight attendant, she was an artist and one-time gallery owner. Dunst's father is German from Hamburg, her mother was born in New Jersey, of German and Swedish descent; until the age of eleven, Dunst lived in Brick Township, New Jersey, where she attended Ranney School. In 1993, her parents separated, she subsequently moved with her mother and brother to Los Angeles, where she attended Laurel Hall School in North Hollywood and Notre Dame High School.
Among her classmates was Rami Malek, a grade above. In 1995, her mother filed for divorce. After graduating from high school in 2000, Dunst continued acting; as a teenager, she found it difficult to deal with her rising fame, for a period she blamed her mother for pushing her into acting as a child. However, she said that her mother "always had the best intentions"; when asked if she had any regrets about her childhood, Dunst said: Dunst began her career when she was three years old as a child fashion model in television commercials. She was signed with Elite Model Management. At the age of six, she made her feature film debut in a minor role in Woody Allen's short film Oedipus Wrecks. Soon after, Dunst performed in the comedy-drama The Bonfire of the Vanities, based on Tom Wolfe's novel of the same name, in which she played the daughter of Tom Hanks's character. In 1993, Dunst made a guest appearance in an episode of the science fiction drama Star Trek: The Next Generation, her breakthrough role came in 1994, in the horror drama Interview with the Vampire opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, based on Anne Rice's novel of the same name.
She played Claudia, the child vampire, a surrogate daughter to Cruise and Pitt's characters. The film received mixed reviews. Roger Ebert commented that Dunst's creation of the child vampire Claudia was one of the "creepier" aspects of the film, mentioned her ability to convey the impression of great age inside apparent youth. Todd McCarthy in Variety said; the film featured a scene in which Dunst shared her first on-screen kiss with Pitt, two decades older. In an interview with Interview magazine, she revealed that kissing him had made her feel uncomfortable: "I thought it was gross, that Brad had cooties. I mean, I was 10." Her performance earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, the Saturn Award for Best Young Actress, her first Golden Globe Award nomination. In 1994, Dunst co-starred in the drama film Little Women opposite Winona Ryder and Claire Danes; the film received favorable reviews. Critic Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that the film was the greatest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name and remarked on Dunst's performance, "The perfect contrast to take-charge Jo comes from Kirsten Dunst's scene-stealing Amy, whose vanity and twinkling mischief make so much more sense coming from an 11-year-old vixen than they did from grown-up Joan Bennett in 1933.
Ms. Dunst scarily effective as the baby bloodsucker of Interview With the Vampire, is a little vamp with a big future." In 1995, Dunst co-starred in the fantasy adventure film Jumanji, loosely based on Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book of the same name. The story is about a supernatural and ominous board game in which animals and other jungle hazards appear with each roll of the dice, she was part of an ensemble cast that included Bonnie Hunt and David Alan Grier. The movie grossed $262 million worldwide; that year, again in 2002, Dunst was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. From 1996 to 1997, Dunst had a recurring role in season three of the