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Also Known As: Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossam Died:
Born: October 3, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Profession: actor, dancer, disc jockey, typist, coffee shop employee

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As gifted as she was quirky, Shannyn Sossamon followed her independent spirit to build a fascinatingly diverse acting career. Born Oct. 3, 1978 in Honolulu, HI, Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon added the distinctive spelling of "Shannyn" as a teenager growing up in Nevada, where her exotic beauty and rebellious nature helped her stand out. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career, but occasionally booked a commercial or a TV bit part. Sossamon's focus only centered on acting after a casting director discovered her DJ-ing at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party. She landed her star-making role as Heath Ledger's fiery love interest, Lady Jocelyn, in "A Knight's Tale" (2001), earning nominations for three MTV Movie Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. Sossamon scored follow-up successes in the abstinence comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights" (2002) and the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), but made her biggest media splash when, the following year, she famously named her firstborn Audio Science. Although she began her career as a leading lady, Sossamon increasingly sought out quirky character roles in such projects as "Wristcutters: A Love Story" (2006) and...

As gifted as she was quirky, Shannyn Sossamon followed her independent spirit to build a fascinatingly diverse acting career. Born Oct. 3, 1978 in Honolulu, HI, Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon added the distinctive spelling of "Shannyn" as a teenager growing up in Nevada, where her exotic beauty and rebellious nature helped her stand out. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career, but occasionally booked a commercial or a TV bit part. Sossamon's focus only centered on acting after a casting director discovered her DJ-ing at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party. She landed her star-making role as Heath Ledger's fiery love interest, Lady Jocelyn, in "A Knight's Tale" (2001), earning nominations for three MTV Movie Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. Sossamon scored follow-up successes in the abstinence comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights" (2002) and the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), but made her biggest media splash when, the following year, she famously named her firstborn Audio Science. Although she began her career as a leading lady, Sossamon increasingly sought out quirky character roles in such projects as "Wristcutters: A Love Story" (2006) and "The Holiday" (2006), although she did find time to topline the horror flick "One Missed Call" (2008). The actress found a steadier home on television, earning series regular roles as a ghost on "Dirt" (FX, 2007-08), a vampire on "Moonlight" (CBS, 2007-08) and a gallery owner on "How to Make it in America" (HBO, 2010-11).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Road to Nowhere (2011)
2.
 Heavy, The (2010)
3.
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 Catacombs (2008)
6.
 One Missed Call (2008)
7.
 Holiday, The (2006)
8.
 Chasing Ghosts (2006)
10.
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Raised in Reno, Nevada
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Moved to Los Angeles the day she graduated from high school
1999:
Spotted by a casting agent while helping a friend DJ Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party
2001:
Made feature acting debut in "A Knight's Tale," opposite Heath Ledger; directed by Brian Helgeland
2002:
Co-starred in "Forty Days and Forty Nights," opposite Josh Hartnett
2002:
Cast in the ensemble "Rules of Attraction"; Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1980s-set novel
2003:
Reunited with director Helgeland and co-star Ledger for "The Order"
2005:
Co-starred with Kip Pardue and Ashlee Simpson in "Undiscovered"
2005:
Appeared in "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang," opposite Robert Downey Jr.; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
2006:
Had a small role in Nancy Meyers' "The Holiday" as Jack Black's girlfriend
2007:
Co-starred with Patrick Fugit in the controversal indie film, "Wristcutters: A Love Story"
2008:
Co-starred in "One Missed Call," a remake of the Japanese horror film "Chakushin Ari"
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Notes

Shannyn Sossamon on acting: "I really want to keep at it until I find out what I'm capable of. I just know I could do a lot more. Like anything else, like DJing, I want to be so good that I can't stop. I don't think I could live with myself if I stopped trying." --to Interview, June 2001.

"You know when there's someone new on the rise and there's too much hype? I didn't want that to be me. I didn't really want there to be any hype. It feels like setting yourself up for something instead of letting it happen naturally. What if people don't like me or my work? I want people to see my movies but I was never looking to participate in any of the sexy-girl Maxim business; it's just not my style. But I'm trying not to be cynical -- I don't want to me one of those people who has a cool opportunity and blows it. It's really amazing what's happening to me." --Sossamon to Interview, June 2001.

"Acting was something I wanted to try eventually, but I was quite content with how my life was going. But once this happened, I knew I'd be an idiot not to go for it." --Sossamon on her mythic discovery, quoted in Premiere, June 2001.

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companion:
Dallas Clayton. Father of son.

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son:
Audio Science Clayton. Born May 29, 2003; father Dallas Clayton.

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