Young Stars on Screen

Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin in The Cat in the Hat. (Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon)

By Irish America Staff
February / March 2004

Two young actors, Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin, have burst onto the Hollywood scene with the blockbuster Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Fanning plays the bossy, organized Sally, sister to Breslin’s mischief-making Conrad. The youngsters are preparing for a party when The Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers) arrives on their doorstep to stir up trouble.

Fanning may already be a familiar face to movie audiences. She played Sean Penn’s daughter in I Am Sam, for which she became the youngest person to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award at the age of eight. She also co-starred with Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls earlier this year.

Her The Cat in the Hat co-star Spencer Breslin was spotted by a talent scout in a playground in New York and began making commercials. He has also appeared in The Kid as the younger Bruce Willis and in the Santa Clause movies. Both Fanning and Breslin are now in high demand despite lackluster reviews of the film. ♦

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