Who are Elle and Dakota Fanning?

Elle and Dakota are sisters who rose to fame at an early age. Dakota started acting at an early age of seven. She is known for her performance as Lucy Dawson in the drama film I Am Sam, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination at age eight, making her the youngest nominee in SAG history. Ella on the other hand, also made her film debut as the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning’s character in the drama film I Am Sam. As a child actress, she appeared in several films, including Babel, Phoebe in Wonderland, and Somewhere.

Who is Heather Joy Arrington?

Heather Joy Arrington is the mother to Elle and Dakota Fanning. She is an American sportscaster and correspondent for KCBS-TV and KCAL 9 in Los Angeles. She is currently married to Steven Fanning.

Heather Joy Arrington was born on the 1 of July 1967 in the United States of America to her parents, Rick Arrington and Mary Jane Odum. As of 2023, she is 56 years old. Her Zodiac sign is Cancer. Arrington grew up with her sister Jill Arrington. She is well-known as an American sportscaster and correspondent for KCBS-TV and KCAL 9 in Los Angeles. Heather came into the limelight because of her two actress daughters, Ella and Dakota Fanning.

What Do You Know About Elle And Dakota Fanning Mother Heather Joy Arrington
Throwback on Elle and Dakota Fanning with their mother, Heather Joy Arrington

While many will agree with the fact that behind most successful people there is always a woman which in most cases is a mother. Arrington has always been a great deal of support to her daughters, Dakota and Elle when they started out with their career. Though she has been very supportive, there is something.

she’s not completely comfortable with herself, stardom. Heather Joy has been described as a very shy and private person. That’s why we hardly ever see her accompanying her daughters on their red carpets. The Fanning sisters respect her wishes of privacy, though, and aren’t upset about it.

Heather Arrington is against being in the spotlight altogether only because she’s really shy. “I dare you to find a picture of my mom on the Internet that’s not a paparazzi photo of her walking with us,” Elle said about her mother.


The sisters have been noted to have spoken often about their mother’s sacrifices for their career and future. Elle, the youngest of the family described her mother Heather Joy Arrington as a very hard-working person. The actress went on to say that her mother “sacrificed so much” moving the family to L.A. for “a child’s dream.” The family moved from Georgia to L.A. when Dakota’s career was starting up. Elle wasn’t far behind her big sister. “I had the luxury of knowing what I want to do because of her,” Elle said of their mother’s sacrifice.


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