Fanning inspires look at 5 great child actresses
This publicity photo released by A24 Films shows Elle Fanning as Ginger in a scene from the film, "Ginger and Rosa," directed by Sally Potter. (AP Photo/A24 Film, Nicola Dove)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elle Fanning does some incredible work as a teenager caught up in the anti-nukes activism of 1960s London in the new coming-of age drama "Ginger & Rosa."
This latest, greatest performance is part of a career she's carved out for herself at only age 14, with previous impressive roles in films including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," ''Super 8" and "Somewhere." (Must be in the DNA: Her older sister, Dakota Fanning, is also talented and experienced well beyond her 19 years with an eclectic mix of films ranging from "War of the Worlds" and the "Twilight" movies to "Hounddog" and "The Runaways.")
FILE - In this undated file publicity photo, actress Shirley Temple is shown as she appeared in "Wee Willie Winkie" in 1937. Ms. Temple, who was born in 1928 and began acting at the age of three, received an honorary Academy Award in 1934 for her contributions as a child film star. (AP Photo, File)
So in a year in which "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest-ever best-actress nominee at the Academy Awards at only 9, here's a look at five great child actresses:
— Shirley Temple: The original. What precocious little girl hasn't watched Temple singing and dancing to "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and thought to herself: "That looks like fun — I want to do that too"? Of course, we all couldn't do it because she had that rare "thing" — that spark, that zest, that glow. She also worked her butt off perfecting her craft at a very young age — she started dancing and appearing in short films at 3 and making features at 5 — but she made childlike charm and enthusiasm look effortless. By 6, she'd already won an Academy Award — a special juvenile honor, but still. She then went on to make dozens of films over a three-decade career and remains arguably the greatest child star ever. What has your kid done today?