Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht) and Klaus Dunst. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, born in 1987.
Her career began at the age of 3 when she started modeling and appearing in commercials. She made her feature film debut with an uncredited role at age 6 in the 'Oedipus Wrecks' segment of Woody Allen's 1989 film New York Stories (1989). She received her first film credit in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1993, where her film career took off.
Dunst went on to appear in a string of major Hollywood productions including Little Women (1994), Jumanji (1995) and Wag the Dog (1997), but also received critical attention for her performances in the less-publicized mock-documentary Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) and the political spoof Dick (1999).
Dunst takes a darker role in Crazy/Beautiful opposite Jay Hernandez. This is her sexiest material to date, playing a mentally unstable daughter of a wealthy congressman. When Dunst watches a commercial for the film with shots of her dancing provocatively in a Jeep spliced with road signs reading "Slippery When Wet," she's less than pleased. "I was so embarrassed," she tells PEOPLE. "How horrible and cheesy." The studio later yanks the spots. In 2002, she continues to grow up on film, playing William Randolph Hearst's mistress in The Cat's Meow.