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Rosario Dawson Biography

Birth Name:
Rosario Dawson
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Describes her ethnicity as black, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Irish and Native American
  • Studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City
  • Contributed to the voice-over commentary on the remix of Prince's hit "1999" when she was 20
  • Replaced Halle Berry in the 2002 film The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • Took guitar lessons from Joshua Jackson and Eddie Murphy
  • Was arrested outside the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004 while filming a scene for the film This Revolution when she refused to get out of the street
  • Cofounded Voto Latino, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that encourages people to vote
  • Made her stage debut in 2005 in the Public Theater's revival of the 1971 musical Two Gentlemen of Verona in Central Park
  • Returned to her roots for the movie musical Rent (2005), set on Manhattan's Lower East Side (the neighborhood in which she grew up)
  • Was a keynote speaker at the 2009 National Conference on the Primary Prevention of Men's Violence Against Women in Washington, D
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  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress in a Comedy: nominated
  • 2006Sundance Film Festival-Dramatic Special Jury Award: Best Ensemble Performance: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated