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‘Spider-Man’ Actress Kirsten Dunst Biography

An inspiration to millions of aspiring actors, Kirsten Dunst is an American actress. Started as a model when she was just three years old, the native of New Jersey is now a globally known actress. She has been a part of many movies and TV shows.

Among many of them, Spider-Man (2002) is the movie that brought a turning point in the professional life of Kirsten. She portrayed the major character, Mary Jane Watson, popularly known as MJ in the movie, which became a blockbuster of that time. This movie attracted many offers and opportunities to Dunst including chances to portray the same character in two more sequels of the trilogy: Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Besides, Kirsten is also a Cannes Film Festival Award winner for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in “Melancholia” as Justine. Her movie credits must range more than 30 since she started her acting in 1989 and is still actively engaged in it. Some of her popular works as an actress include “Mona Lisa Smile”, “Welcome”, “Upside Down”, “Midnight Special”, and so on. Her latest release is “The Power of the Dog” and it is gaining amazing responses from audiences.

How Old Is Kirsten Dunst?

Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Kirsten Dunst celebrates her birthday on 30th April Every year. Counting from her birth year which is 1982, she is 39 years old as of 2021. She is the daughter of Inez Dunst and Klaus Hermann Dunst. Her mother was a flight attendant and her father served as a medical service executive.

Kirsten Dunst's childhood picture in black and white effect.
Childhood picture of Kirsten.
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Brought up in her birthplace till her early teens, Dunst went to Ranney School before she moved to Los Angeles with her mom and brother, Cristian Dunst. She completed her schooling at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles.

As for facts, the Spider-Man star is 5 feet 7 inches(1.7 meters) tall. Also, she holds German citizenship. Her hazel eyes and blond hair add beauty to her amazing personality and slim body figure.

Was A Child Model Before Acting

Despite having been born into a family with no connection to the entertainment industry, the bold beauty got support to be in this field from a young age. Although she had started her modeling career at the age of 3, she made her official debut to act in 1989 in “New York Stories”.

Her recognition in showbiz rose up instantly after sharing the screen with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire (1994). Afterward, she worked in various films: High Strung (1991), Little Women (1994), Jumanji(1995), All I Wanna Do (1998), Get Over It (2000) and so on.

In addition to that, she had her hands on TV works too; starting from Darkness Before Dawn in 1993, Dunst worked in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993), Touched by an Angel (1996), ER (1996-1997), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998), The Devil’s Arithmetic (1999), among others.

Breakthrough From ‘Spider-Man’– What Role She Portrayed?

The American actress worked in many films and televisions. Although she was getting positive feedbacks and appreciation, she still didn’t get the success she dreamt of till 2002. She portrayed MJ, Mary Jane Watson in the 2002 film Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire that earned her a career breakthrough.

Kirsten reprised her role in further two Spider-Man films: Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). It won her many accolades including MTV Movie Award, Teen Choice Award, and Empire Award.

Kirsten Dunst looks beautiful in silver and white gown.
Actress Kirsten Dunst got breakthrough as MJ of Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire
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No doubt, the superhero film Spider-Man is still the most celebrated movie globally. In late 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home was released which became a massive box-office hit; it starred Tom Holland (as Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Zendaya portrayed (MJ, Michelle Jones), and Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange).

The film revolving with multi-verse hints featured Andrew Garfield who played the web-shooting superhero in The Amazing Spider-Man, opposite Emma Stone (Gwen Stacey).

Other Acting Credits

Even in the case of television, she got a chance to host a popular late-night comedy show “Saturday Night Live”. The show stars many big names like John Belushi, Cheri Oteri, Beth Cahill, Michael Che, and so on.

Besides, the “Bring It On” star has worked in many other movies and TV shows. Some of her commendable movies are “Lover’s Prayer”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Levity”(2003), “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” (2008), “All Good Things”(2010), “Melancholia”(2011), “The Two Faces of January”(2014), “Woodshock”(2017) and so on.

Among the above mentioned, “Melancholia” happens to be yet another big movie in the career of Dunst. She portrayed the character of Justine in the movie. For this movie, she received many awards and nominations. A major award among them is The Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress 2011.

Her latest movie is “The Power of the Dog”(2021), where she played the role of Rose Gordon. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in this movie and the result is yet to be announced as of the time of writing this article.

As for television, she owns 19 credits altogether. Among them, some of the shows she’s been a part of are “The Siege at Ruby Ridge”, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”, “Portlandia”, “Fargo”, “Black Mirror”, “Drunk History”, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”.

Who Is Kirsten Dunst In Relationship With? Is She Married? Ex-Boyfriend & Kids!

A mother of two beautiful children is currently engaged to her Fargo co-star, Jesse Plemons. Reportedly, the actors-duo met on the set of “Fargo” in 2016. As they got feelings that their vibes matched with each other, they decided to take their relationship a step forward. The duo confirmed their engagement in May 2017.

The love birds spent a happy conjugal year with each other and welcomed their first child the following year of their engagement. Their first son, Ennis Howard Plemons was born on 3rd May 2018. The happiness of the beautiful added up as Kirsten welcomed their second son, James Robert in May 2021.

As for a fact, Plemons is not the first fiancee or partner of Kirsten. Right before seeing Plemons, the four-time Golden Globe Awards nominee was briefly engaged to her “On the Road” co-star, Garrett Hedlund, before parting their ways. The couple dated each other in 2012 and broke up in 2016.

Her other dating history counts her “Spider-Man” co-star, Tobey Maguire, actor Jake Gyllenhaal (dated from 2002 to 2004), and Johnny Borrell.

Social Media Engagements

Undoubtedly, the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress 2011 is an idol for many people around the globe. People are fans of the aura and charm she holds and they look up to her to be passionate and dedicated. Her fan-following from her social media handles clarifies it better.

The “Melancholia” actress owns a verified Instagram account with 2 million followers. She is available as @kirstendunst. She keeps her fans updated about her upcoming projects and ventures. Also, she posts raising her voice against contemporary social issues and puts her opinion on social media.

It seems like the MJ from “Spider-Man” doesn’t want to reveal much about her personal matters. Hence, she rarely posts about her personal life and family.

According to her posts, Dunst is a cat person and she also had a cat named Tito. However, the cat is no more with her now.

How Much Is Net Worth of Kirsten Dunst? House and Real Estates?

Having started working at a very young of 3, the “Jumanji” actress has already worked for 36 years of her life in front of the camera. For all the hard works, dedication, and sacrifice she did till now, Kirsten Dunst owns a whooping net worth of $25 million as of late 2021. Her three and a half decades of contribution to the entertainment field totally deserves this amount of reward to her.

She earned it all from her long acting career and a brief musical journey as well. The average base salary of an American actress is $57,000 annually. Having said so, one must know that the case wouldn’t be the same for the big names and experienced stars. Hence, the “All I Wanna Do” actress earns a six-digit salary from each of her movies, for sure.

Her breakthrough movie “Spider-Man” (2002) reportedly made a huge box office collection of $825 million. Later in 2004, “Spider-Man 2” again collected a sum of $789 million. The same year, her drama series “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” earned $72 million. From these few data about the box office collection of her movies, the audience could sketch out a skeleton about how much could she earn from her movies and TV shows.

Apart from her professional career, her real estate records might also reflect her wealthiness. Back in 2001, she bought a house in Toluca Lake, California. After holding the property for eighteen long years, she sold it in September 2019 for $4.5 million. She sold another property in California for $1.4 million. Also, the multi-millionaire owned an apartment in Lower Manhattan, which she sold in 2017.

As for a fact, her husband Jesse Plemons owns a fortune of $15 million. No doubt, with so much income and net worth of the couple, the family of four lives a luxurious and happy life together.

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