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Today is the 32nd birthday of Kirsten Dunst, who ranks as one of my favourite actresses. Emerging as a precocious child star, she has successfully made the transition to adult stardom because of her versatility, emotional range and depth which she imbues in her roles. This post is a tribute to the remarkable talents of this woman.

She has too many great roles to list entirely but here are some of the highlights from her career:

As Claudia, a former plague victim turned into a the vampire who is forever stuck in the body of a doll-like little girl, a young Dunst made a huge impact in Interview With the Vampire.

Claudia Kirsten Dunst







As Amy March, the playful youngest of four sisters growing up during the Civil War in Little Women.

Kirsten Dunst as Amy






As the sexually precocious but increasingly isolated Lux Lisbon in The Virgin Suicides.

Kirsten Dunst as Lux






Sassy and competitive as a cheerleader in the comedy Bring it On.

Kirsten Dunst Bring it on







As Mary Jane, the object of the main hero’s affections in Spiderman.

Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson








Bitchy yet vulnerable as a college girl brought up to be the ideal housewife in Mona Lisa Smile.

Kirsten Dunst Mona Lisa Smile






Luminously portraying the eponymous and infamous monarch in Marie Antoinette.

Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette







Emotionally raw and strikingly powerful as a bride swamped by depression as a planet is heading towards the Earth in Melancholia.

Kirsten Dunst Melancholia





Many more roles could be listed, but I would need a lot more pages. So thanks for reading this birthday tribute to Kirsten Dunst and please leave comments. What is your favourite performance by Dunst? Why do you like her as an actress? Whatever your opinion, please give it.