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Hollywood Starlet Ellie Fanning Faints At Cannes, Blames Her ‘Tight Dress’

Thankfully she wasn’t hurt.

US actress Elle Fanning, who is currently in Cannes as a part of this year’s jury for the film festival, fainted at the dinner party. She blamed a “tight dress” for the occurrence.

Fanning, who is the youngest member of the jury, is keeping up a very busy schedule of movie-viewing at the glitzy French Riviera event. She fell off her chair while she was giving a speech.

Her older sister Dakota Fanning, who was seated at a nearby table, rushed to her aid and helped her on her feet again.

Security quickly separated the two, and Elle was taken away for medical assistance.


British actor Colin Firth, who was also at the same dinner gala rushed to Fanning’s aid until the “Beguiled” star was taken away.


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The “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” star, showed a ‘thumbs up’ sign in an Instagram post shared on Monday.

She used the two hashtags to explain the reason of the fainting “#dresstootight” and “#timeofthemonth.”

Oops, had a fainting spell tonight in my 1950’s Prada prom dress but it’s all good!! #dresstootight#timeofthemonth



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Fanning is one of nine film industry luminaries judging this year’s nominees at the world’s top film festival. At the end, she and other members will announce who has won the coveted Palme d’Or for best film on Saturday, choosing one out of 21 contenders.

Jessica Shepherd, MD, a gynecologist in Texas had this to say about Fanning’s fainting episode:

“If you have a heavy period, it can cause a lot of blood loss which can make you anemic. That can definitely increase your risk of fainting.”


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