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CHRISTINA RICCI is one of Hollywood's most respected young actors whose talent and poise is well beyond her years.

In one of her most challenging and exciting roles to date, Ricci most recently starred in "Black Snake Moan," from director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow"). Produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain, the film stars Samuel L. Jackson as a blues guitarist who tries to redeem the soul of a sex-addicted girl (played by Ricci). The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and Paramount Vantage released the film in March 2007.

Following "Black Snake Moan," Ricci will next be seen in "Penelope," co-starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon. The film is a modern-day offbeat fable about a young woman (played by Ricci) who, having spent her life trapped by a family curse, sets out to find love. The film is slated to be released by IFC Films in August 2007.

Ricci will soon begin production on Larry and Andy Wachowski's live-action adaptation of 1960s cartoon "Speed Racer" for Warner Bros. Pictures and Producer Joel Silver. Based on the anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida for Japanese audiences, Ricci will star as "Trixie," opposite Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman. The film is slated for release Summer 2008.

Ricci was last seen in the critically acclaimed film "Monster" starring opposite Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her guest role on the ABC hit show, "Grey's Anatomy."

Ricci's performance at age 7 in a school Christmas play caught the attention of a local theatre critic, who suggested to her parents that she consider an acting career. She made her professional acting debut one year later in "Mermaids" in the pivotal role of Cher's youngest daughter and Winona Ryder's sister. As a child actor, Ricci won over audiences and critics alike with her winning portrayal of the strangely adorable Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family." Her performance so delighted the film's creators and movie fans that Ricci was given an expanded role in the sequel, "Addams Family Values." She went on to star in the surprise hit of the summer 1995 season "Casper." For that Ricci received the prestigious NATO ShowEast Star of the Year Award and the Star of Tomorrow Award from the Motion Picture Booker's Club for her strong performances and the $100 million-plus box office successes of "Addams Family" and "Casper."

 Lee's ensemble film, "The Ice Storm," co-starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen and Elijah Wood; then starring as 'Dedee Truit,' in the scathing comedy "The Opposite of Sex," a performance which won her the Best Actress Award at the Seattle Film Festival; and as Layla in Vincent Gallo's "Buffalo 66." She was later nominated for a Golden Globe Award, an American Comedy Award, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her work in "The Opposite of Sex," and earned a National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Award for her combined efforts in "The Opposite of Sex," "Buffalo 66" and John Water's "Pecker." Some of Ricci's other projects include Wes Craven's "Cursed," Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Anything Else," Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried" and a memorable cameo in Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Additionally, Ricci starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow," for which she won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

Ricci currently serves as the National Spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and is a member of the organization's National Leadership Council. RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization, operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with over 1,100 rape crisis centers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

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