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Also Known As: Zoe Yadira Zaldana Nazario Died:
Born: June 19, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Jersey, USA Profession: Actor, Dancer

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After spending most of her youth training as a dancer, Zoe Saldana made the transition to acting on screen after an attention-getting performance in the stage musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Saldana began landing television and feature roles almost immediately, including "Center Stage" (2000), in which she was able to showcase her years of ballet training. Despite the fast start, her career had trouble lifting off after a series of disappointing film like "Get Over It" (2001) and "Crossroads" (2002), though she did make fleeting appearances in large studio fare like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) and "The Terminal" (2004). Eventually, Saldana managed to break free from the confines of broad comedy and forgettable independents when she was cast to play both Lieutenant Uhura in the highly anticipated reboot of "Star Trek" (2009), and the Na'vi heroine, Neytiri, in James Cameron's box office behemoth, "Avatar" (2009); both of which bounced the actress from relative obscurity to undeniable movie star.

After spending most of her youth training as a dancer, Zoe Saldana made the transition to acting on screen after an attention-getting performance in the stage musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Saldana began landing television and feature roles almost immediately, including "Center Stage" (2000), in which she was able to showcase her years of ballet training. Despite the fast start, her career had trouble lifting off after a series of disappointing film like "Get Over It" (2001) and "Crossroads" (2002), though she did make fleeting appearances in large studio fare like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) and "The Terminal" (2004). Eventually, Saldana managed to break free from the confines of broad comedy and forgettable independents when she was cast to play both Lieutenant Uhura in the highly anticipated reboot of "Star Trek" (2009), and the Na'vi heroine, Neytiri, in James Cameron's box office behemoth, "Avatar" (2009); both of which bounced the actress from relative obscurity to undeniable movie star.

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 Arabian Nights (2014)
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 Blood Ties (2014)
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 Rosemary's Baby (2014)
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 Machete Kills (2013)
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 Nina (2012)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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At age 10, moved with family to the Dominican Republic
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Returned to the U.S. after her sophomore year in high school
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Joined FACES Theater Co., performing improvisational and educational skits for teens
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Performed with the New York Youth Theater in productions including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
1999:
Appeared on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)
2000:
Co-starred in the dance-themed drama "Center Stage"
2001:
Featured in the teen comedy "Get Over It"
2001:
Landed supporting role in the hip-hop drama "Snipes"; screened at Toronto International Film Festival
2002:
Co-starred with Britney Spears and Taryn Manning as roadtripping best friends in "Crossroads"
2002:
Co-starred as Nick Cannon's love interest in "Drumline"
2003:
Cast in the adventure feature "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
2004:
Played an INS Inspector in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal"
2005:
Starred opposite Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac in "Guess Who," loosely inspired by the 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
2005:
Starred in the teen comedy "Dirty Deeds" with Lacey Chabert
2006:
Cast opposite Orlando Bloom in the indie thriller "Haven"
2007:
Cast in the John Singleton produced "Illegal Tender"
2009:
Portrayed Lt. Uhura, communications officer of the Starship Enterprise, in J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek"
2009:
Cast as Neytiri, a member of a sentient alien race named Na'vi, in James Cameron's 3-D science fiction epic film "Avatar"
2010:
Co-starred in the Chris Rock produced black comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name
2010:
Cast as Aisha al-Fadhil in the adaptation of the comic book series "The Losers"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
2011:
Portrayed an assassin avenging her parents' murders in "Colombiana"
2012:
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper in romantic drama "The Words"
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Notes

"I don't understand labels. I don't need anybody to tell me I'm latina or black or anything else. I've played characters that were written for caucasian females. I just want to be given the same consideration as everybody else, and so far that had been happening."---Saldana as quoted in Interview July 2004

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