American actress Mackenzie Rosman is most famous for playing young Ruthie Camden on the long running, but now defunct, family series “7th Heaven” (The CW, 1996-2007), from which she was handed a 2004 Young Artist Award for her performance. Talking about her character, she stated, “We're both kind of the same, a little bit bitchy. It's not that she's smarter than I am, but she knows more. I'm not really the one in my family who knows everything that's going on because I don't really pay attention. Ruthie is craftier than I am.”
Rosman, whose favorite movies are “Fight Club,” “Frida,” “The Lion King,” “The Godfather,” “Titanic,” “Garden State,” “Munich,” “Monty Python,” “Grease” and “Legends of the Fall,” also acted in the film “Gideon” (1999) and in many TV commercials, most recently a Kmart commercial. She also portrayed roles in the films “Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia” and “Proud American” (both 2008).
Rosman, whose stepsister Katelyn suffers from cystic fibrosis, has helped to raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2005, Katelyn underwent a double lung transplant, one of which was donated by Rosman's stepfather. Rosman and her stepsister were both featured in Teen People's “20 Teens Who Will Change the World.” They also appeared together in a “7th Heaven” special episode called “Back in the Saddle Again” (2003), in which Katelyn played herself and the twosome were featured riding horses together. After the operation, Katelyn again appeared in “7th Heaven.” Apart form the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rosman is a national honorary chairman for CureFinders, a school fund raising program that supports research for cystic fibrosis. She also serves as a Junior Ambassador for Childhelp Inc., an organization that helps abused children.
An animal lover, Rosman owns several horses in her home in Santa Clarita, California. She is also a contending equestrian show jumper. In her free time, Rosman participates in animal charities. In addition to acting and horses, Rosman also enjoys skating, dancing, swimming and reading.
Childhood and Family:
Mackenzie Ryann Rosman was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on December 28, 1989. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Currently, she lives in Santa Clarita, California, with her mother, Donna, her stepfather, Randy Salmont, and younger brother, Chandler Rosman. She also has an older stepsister named Katelyn Salmont, who has cystic fibrosis. The family owns cats, dogs, chickens, horses and goats.
Known by family and close friends as Mack, Mackenzie graduated high school in May 2007.
Mackenzie Rosman began her acting career when she was four years old by appearing in several television commercials, including a Tuff's Diaper commercial and a Nike shoe commercial. Her big break arrived three years later when she won a regular role on the family series “7th Heaven.” In her audition, Rosman personally greeted every person in the room by shaking their hands and this impressed the staff and crew, who gave the girl the role of Ruthie Camden in the series.
Following the story of the Camden family, led by the pastor father (played by Stephen Collins) and homemaker mother (played by Catherine Hicks), and their seven children (played by Beverley Mitchell, David Gallagher, Barry Watson, Jessica Biel, Lorenzo Brino, Nikolas Brino and Rosman), “7th Heaven” debuted on August 26, 1996, and went on to become the longest running family drama in the history of television with its 11-year run. During her stint on the show, Rosman was nominated for Young Artist Awards in the categories of Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress five times, which she won one in 2004, and Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble once. She also received a 2000 YoungStar nomination for Best Young Ensemble Cast - Television. The Aaron Spelling produced series finally left the airwaves in 2007.
While working on “7th Heaven,” Rosman made her feature acting debut alongside Christopher Lambert, Charlton Heston, Carroll O'Connor and Shirley Jones in the independent comedy “Gideon” (1999), which was directed by Claudia Hoover and written by Brad Mirman. In the movie, she portrayed the small role of Molly MacLemore.
“Yes! I definitely want to continue acting on screen. I love acting and I've been doing it for so long. Although I love '7th Heaven,' I definitely need a change. I've been playing the same character for so long! I want to audition for some big screen roles and hopefully that will involve traveling at the same time.” Mackenzie Rosman
Starting out in commercials, Rosman was recently seen in a commercial for Kmart, opposite “7th Heaven” cast members Beverley Mitchell and George Stults. She also portrayed Loreli in “Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia” (2008), a horror film based on the poet's classic short story. Costars of the movie included Wes Bentley, Kaitlin Doubleday, Sofya Skya, Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen. She also had a starring role in the documentary film “Proud American” (2008).
Rosman will costar in the movie “Fading of the Cries,” which is scheduled for a 2010 release.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress, “7th Heaven,” 2004