Sossamon, Shannyn 1979–

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SOSSAMON, Shannyn 1979–


Full name, Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossamon; born October 3, 1979, in Honolulu, HI; raised in Reno, NV; daughter of Todd Lindberg and Sherry Sossamon (a nurse); stepdaughter of Randy Goldstein (a manager of an auto dealership); companion of Dallas Clayton; children: Audio Science Clayton (son). Education: Studied at Dance Unlimited, Los Angeles. Avocational Interests: Dancing, music, photography, writing.

Addresses: Agent—Steve Alexander, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Jeffrey Dash, Dash Group, 550 North Larchmont Blvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Career: Actress and producer. Appeared in commercials, including work for Gap jeans, 2001. Worked as a disc jockey at clubs in Los Angeles, as a typist, and at a coffee shop.

Awards, Honors: Young Hollywood Award, breakthrough female performance, Movieline, 2002, Teen Choice Award nominations, choice breakout performance in a film and choice film chemistry (with Heath Ledger), 2001, and MTV Movie Award nominations, breakthrough female performance, best musical sequence and best kiss (both with Ledger), all 2002, all for A Knight's Tale; Teen Choice Award nomination, choice film chemistry (with Josh Hartnett), 2002, for 40 Days and 40 Nights.


Film Appearances:

Lady Jocelyn, A Knight's Tale, Columbia/Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Erica Sutton, 40 Days and 40 Nights (also known as 40 jours et 40 nuits), Miramax, 2002.

Lauren Hynde, The Rules of Attraction (also known as Die regeln des spiels), Lions Gate Films, 2002.

Max, Wholey Moses (short film), 2003, HBO Latin America, 2005.

Mara Sinclair, The Order (also known as The Sin Eater and Sin Eater—Die seele des boesen), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Melanie, The Double (short film), Prophecy Pictures, 2004.

Taylor Spencer, Chasing Ghosts, American World Pictures, 2005.

Jo, I Hate You (short film), Melodic Pictures, 2005.

Girl with pink hair, Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, Warner Bros., 2005.

Marisol, Devour, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005.

Josie, Undiscovered (also known as Wannabe), Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Victoria, Catacombs, Lions Gate Films, 2006.

Film Producer:

I Hate You (short film), Melodic Pictures, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Trophy presenter, "Peanut Butter, Eggs, and Dice," Mr. Show with Bob and David, HBO, 1997.

"Oh, You Men," Mr. Show with Bob and David, HBO, 1997.

"Flat Top Tony and the Purple Canoes," Mr. Show with Bob and David, HBO, 1997.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

Myra Denning (some sources cite Dempsey), "Doubt," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 2004.

Appeared in "The Rules of Attraction" episode of Anatomy of a Scene, Sundance Channel.



Sexy Armor and a Rock Band on Tour, Columbia TriStar, 2001.

The Rules of Love, Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Lab assistant, "Make Me Bad," Korn: Deuce, Epic Music Video, 2002.

Appeared in the music videos "God Gave Me Everything" by Mick Jagger, 2001; "Dizzy" by Goo Goo Dolls; "Make Me Bad" by Korn; and "Strong Enough" by Cher.



Interview, June, 2001, p. 26.

People Weekly, April 1, 2002, p. 98.

Time Magazine, July 21, 2001, pp. 34-35.


Film Force,, May 11, 2001.

A Girl's World Online,, April 1, 2001.

Movies About Us,, October 20, 2005.