Rosie Perez

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  • Birth Name: Rosa María Pérez
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • After high school, left her hometown of Brooklyn to continue her studies in Los Angeles, and landed a job as a dancer on Soul Train.
  • Discovered in a nightclub by director Spike Lee, who launched her movie career with his 1989 hit Do the Right Thing. She initially turned down his offer for a part in the film.
  • Choreographed the Fly Girls on the popular sketch comedy show In Living Color.
  • Produced and directed Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu to sepas! (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!), a 2006 documentary that examines her Puerto Rican heritage.
  • Artistic board member of Working Playground, an arts education program that partners with New York City schools.
  • A longtime AIDS activist, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in 2010.

Awards

  • 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee

Relationships

  • Lydia Pérez — Mother
  • Sixto Ramos — Cousin
  • Ventura Pérez — Stepfather
  • Seth Zvi Rosenfeld — Ex-husband
  • Eric Haze — Husband
  • Ismael Serrano — Father

College

  • Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California, United States

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  • Birth Name: Rosa María Pérez
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor