EMMY ROSSUM (Jennifer Ramsey) began her theatrical career at the age of seven
when she was chosen to join the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center as a member of the
Children's Chorus. She studied classical vocal technique and stagecraft there while performing
in over twenty different operas in five languages.
Rossum made her television debut in 1999 as a recurring character in the long-running
daytime drama As the World Turns. Her other television credits include guest starring
appearances on Law and Order and The Practice, and in the telefilms Genius, Grace and Glorie,
and The Audrey Hepburn Story, for which she received considerable critical acclaim.
Rossum made her first feature film when she was 13, playing an Appalachian orphan in
Songcatcher. The movie won the Special Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble
Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and her performance earned Rossum an
Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance.
Director Clint Eastwood cast her as Sean Penn's daughter in the 2003 film Mystic River.
The following year, Rossum starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Roland Emmerich's box office
hit The Day After Tomorrow.
She is perhaps best known for her performance as Christine in director Joel
Schumacher's feature film adaptation of the stage phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera. The
musical's creator, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, personally selected Rossum, who was only 16 at
the time, to star as the opera singer who becomes the object of the Phantom's obsession. Her
performance earned Rossum a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or
Comedy in 2004, the National Board of Review's award for Best Female Breakthrough
Performance of 2004 and the Broadcast Film Critics' Association Award for Best Young Actress
She is currently recording an album for Geffen Records.
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