On February 23, 1994, Stephen Fanning and Heather Joy Arrington welcomed their daughter, Dakota Fanning, into the world.
Along with Dakota, the couple had another daughter together, Elle Fanning.
Let’s see what we can dig out about Dakota & Elle Fanning parents, shall we?
Who is Stephen Fanning, Dakota and Elle Fanning’s father?
Stephen Fanning is the father of award winning actresses Dakota & Elle Fanning.
Stephen was born on November 27, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
He was an actor, known for 21 Jump Street (1987), The Incredible Hulk (1977) and Highlander (1992).
Steven also played minor league baseball and worked as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles.
He was previously married to Brie Thorpe.
He died of Bladder cancer on July 10, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Who is Heather Joy Arrington, Dakota and Elle Fanning’s mother?
Heather Joy Arrington is a former American tennis player and the mother of award winning actresses Dakota & Elle Fanning.
She was born on July 14, 1967, and is a currently 56 years old.
She has American nationality as well as Caucasian ethnicity. Arrington hails from a family of four.
Her mother’s name is Mary Jane Odum while her father’s name is Rick Arrington.
Heather Joy’s father, Rick, is a former NFL player.
She married Steven Fanning on September 9, 1992.
Dakota shares a close relationship with both her parents and previously revealed in an interview how her mum would accompany her on movie sets when she was younger.
She told the Daily Telegraph: ‘My mom and I have been pretty much together my whole life, because when I was working before I was 18 she was always with me.’
And she credits her mum with instilling in her a strong work ethic, adding: ‘My mom played tennis for, like, six hours a day and went to college on a tennis scholarship, because that was the way she could go to school.
‘So they instilled in me the idea that you have to work hard for the things you want in life and never complain. I’m very grateful for that.’
Who is Dakota Fanning sister, Elle Fanning?
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Just like her sister, Mary Elle Fanning is an actress who made her film debut as a child as the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning’s character in the drama film I Am Sam (2001).
Fanning started acting before turning three years old.
In 2010, she starred in Sofia Coppola’s drama Somewhere, and in 2011, she gained wider recognition for her starring role in J. J. Abrams’ science fiction film Super 8.