Learned to read at age 2.
She began her acting career at 5 when she was picked for a Tide commercial.
Dakota is one of 14 grandchildren.
Looks up to Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, "not just because they're great actresses, but because they are amazing people".
Loves to knit and has knitted scarfs for Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Tim Robbins.
Carries a book of baby names with her wherever she goes.
Has been to Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, England and France.
Is a member of the Red Cross
On her eleventh birthday, Tom Cruise gave her a cell phone.
She can play the violin.
Is a member of the Girl Scouts USA, and her sister Elle Fanning is a Brownie.
Is learning to speak French. She also learned to speak some Spanish for her role in Man on Fire (2004).
Started kindergarten at age 4½ and will start her freshman year of high school (9th grade) in the fall of 2007.
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