EMMY ROSSUM Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Emmanuelle Grey Rossum                                                           
Born: 12 September 1986 New York City, New York                                       
Emmanuelle Grey "Emmy" Rossum (born September 12, 1986) is a Golden Globe-nominated   
American actress and a singer-songwriter. She is probably most well known for         
her leading roles in the films The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon and The Phantom       
of the Opera.                                                                         
Emmy Rossum was born in New York City, New York — her mother, Sheryl, a             
corporate photographer and her father a banker. Rossum's family is Jewish,             
and her parents divorced when her mother was pregnant and she was raised by her       
mother, having only met her father twice. Her song "Anymore" from her album           
Inside Out, is based on this experience.                                               
Upon singing "Happy Birthday" in 12 different keys, Emmy was welcomed by the           
director, Elena Doria as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus.         
Over the course of five years, Emmy sang onstage, and, along with the many other       
members of the chorus, with the likes of such opera greats as Placido Domingo         
and Luciano Pavarotti. For $5 a night (there was once a horse on stage with her       
who got $150 a night), Emmy sang in five different languages, in 20 different         
operas such as La Boheme, Turandot, a Carnegie Hall presentation of The               
Damnation of Faust and A Midsummer Night's Dream. among others, and worked             
under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli in Carmen.                                   
By age twelve, Emmy had grown too tall for the children's costumes, and an             
increasing interest in pursuing acting led to her getting an agent, and               
subsequent auditions for many acting roles.                                           
The year 1997 saw Rossum's television debut with a guest appearance on Law &           
Order as Alison Martin. A recurring role as the original Abigail Williams, in         
the long-running daytime soap As the World Turns, with her friend Parker Posey,       
and a guest role as Caroline Beels in Snoops was soon to follow (1999), as were       
several other minor roles in two movies and mini-series. Rossum was nominated         
for a Young Artist Award nomination in 1999 for Best Performance in a TV Movie         
for her work in the made-for-tv movie Genius, followed by roles such as the           
young Audrey Hepburn in the ABC TV movie The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000).             
Rossum made her big screen debut in 2000's Songcatcher, with her good friend           
Rhoda Griffis, in which she plays an Appalachian orphan, Deladis Slocumb.             
Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, it won the Special Jury Award for             
Outstanding Ensemble Performance. For her role, Rossum received an Independent         
Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance and also had the opportunity       
to sing a duet with Dolly Parton on the Songcatcher soundtrack.                       
In Nola (2003), Rossum played the title character, an aspiring songwriter; in         
her first major studio film, Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, Rossum stars as           
Katie Markum, the ill-fated daughter of small-business owner Jimmy Markum,             
played by Sean Penn. As Katie, Rossum is said to have "projected an aura of           
innocence that made her character's tragic death memorable and heartbreaking".         
Following Mystic River, Rossum played a damsel in distress named Laura Chapman         
in the Roland Emmerich eco-disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, which was             
released in 2004. After returning to New York, Rossum was the last to audition,       
in full costume and make-up for the coveted role of Christine Daaé in the screen     
adaptation of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's world-famous and longest running         
musical The Phantom of the Opera (2004 film). After an international search for       
talent, and having nearly missed the audition on account of a family engagement,       
Rossum was asked to audition in person for Lloyd Webber at his home in New York.       
Webber felt she proved her ability to play the young opera singer who becomes         
the object of the phantom's obsessive love opposite Broadway singer Patrick           
Wilson as Raoul and actor Gerard Butler as The Phantom. For her role as               
Christine Daaé, Rossum received a Golden Globe nomination and many other awards.     
In 2006, Rossum appeared in Wolfgang Petersen's high-budget remake of the             
disaster film Poseidon, in which she stars opposite Kurt Russell as one of the         
film's leading roles, the 19-year-old daughter of former firefighter and New           
York Mayor, Jennifer Ramsey. She also appeared as Juliet in a 2006 Williamstown       
Theatre Festival Production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.                         
In an interview with USA Today, Emmy revealed that she has already signed on to       
do four films in 2008. According to Emmy, "One film is a comedy, one is a             
character drama and two are "indies". It was announced on December 15, 2007           
that Rossum had joined the cast of the upcoming Dragonball live-action film,           
playing the role of Bulma.