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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 9, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Prior to being literally plucked off the street to star in Larry Clark's controversial "Kids" (1995), actress Rosario Dawson exhibited little interest in what became her eventual career. The 15-year-old was discovered on the front steps of her building by the director, a life-changing event for a young girl still trying to figure out what life had to offer outside the confines of New York City. Ever since her breakthrough performance, which attracted the attention of numerous critics, as well as Hollywood, Dawson ran the film gamut, starring in such critically-appreciated independents like "He Got Game" (1998) and "25th Hour" (2002), and Hollywood duds like "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" (2002) and "Alexander" (2004). But her exotic good looks - she had an usual mix of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Irish and Native American descent - gave Dawson the opportunity to explore a variety of roles without being typecast, leading to films as divergent as "Rent" (2005), "Sin City" (2005) and "Grindhouse" (2007) - resulting in a vibrant career in which she was able to chart her own path.

Prior to being literally plucked off the street to star in Larry Clark's controversial "Kids" (1995), actress Rosario Dawson exhibited little interest in what became her eventual career. The 15-year-old was discovered on the front steps of her building by the director, a life-changing event for a young girl still trying to figure out what life had to offer outside the confines of New York City. Ever since her breakthrough performance, which attracted the attention of numerous critics, as well as Hollywood, Dawson ran the film gamut, starring in such critically-appreciated independents like "He Got Game" (1998) and "25th Hour" (2002), and Hollywood duds like "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" (2002) and "Alexander" (2004). But her exotic good looks - she had an usual mix of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Irish and Native American descent - gave Dawson the opportunity to explore a variety of roles without being typecast, leading to films as divergent as "Rent" (2005), "Sin City" (2005) and "Grindhouse" (2007) - resulting in a vibrant career in which she was able to chart her own path.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gimme Shelter (2014)
2.
 Banana Republic (2014)
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4.
5.
 Ever After, The (2014)
6.
 Raze (2013)
7.
 Boondoggle, The (2013)
8.
 Trance (2013)
9.
 Hotel Noir (2012)
10.
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Raised in downtown Manhattan
1995:
Made feature debut with supporting role in "Kids"
1998:
Co-starred as the opportunistic girlfriend of basketball star Jesus in Spike Lee drama "He Got Game"
1998:
Featured in New York City-set episodic comedy feature "Side Streets"
1999:
Contributed introductory voiceover commentary to Prince's remixed timely release of his hit "1999"
1999:
Played a cool-headed student with high aspirations in "Light It Up"
2002:
Acted in Ethan Hawke's feature directorial debut "Chelsea Walls"
2000:
Cast in supporting role in romantic comedy "Down to You"
2000:
Featured in Edward Burns directed romance "Sidewalks of New York"
2001:
Cast as rocker Valerie in live action adaptation of popular cartoon series "Josie and the Pussycats"
2002:
Cast alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in hit summer sequel "Men In Black II"
2002:
Starred opposite Eddie Murphy in sci-fi comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"
2002:
Appeareed in Spike Lee's ensemble crime drama "The 25th Hour"
2003:
Co-starred in "Shattered Glass," based on the true story of <i>New Republic</i> journalist Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen)
2003:
Featured with Seann William Scott and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in "The Rundown"
2004:
Co-starred in Oliver Stone's "Alexander" as Roxane, the wife of Alexander (Colin Farrell)
2005:
Co-starred in feature adaptation of Frank Miller's uber-noir series of graphic novels "Sin City"; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2005:
Played Mimi Marquez, an HIV-positive exotic dancer and drug addict in big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tony Award-winning musical "Rent"
2006:
Cast in Kevin Smith's "Clerks ll" the sequel to his 1994 film
2006:
Co-created (with friend David Atchison) comic book <i>Occult Crimes Task Force</i>
2007:
Apeared in "Death Proof," Quentin Tarantino's half of gore-tastic double feature "Grind House" (a collaboration with Robert Rodriguez)
2007:
Reunited with Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Tracie Thoms, her "Rent" co-stars for drama thriller "Descent"
2008:
Played a woman with a heart condition who falls in love with Will Smith in drama "Seven Pounds"
2010:
Cast as Persephone, goddess of Springtime and Queen of the Dead in film adaptation "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
2010:
Co-starred with Chris Pine and Denzel Washington in thriller "Unstoppable"
2011:
Played Kevin James' love interest in "Zookeeper"
2011:
Cast alongside Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt in high school reunion drama "10 Years"
2011:
Joined all-star cast for Lifetime anthology movie "Five"
2013:
Co-starred with James McAvoy in Danny Boyle drama-thriller "Trance"
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Notes

Rosario Dawson has described her ethnic background as Puerto Rican, Black, Cuban, Irish and Native American.

On her Ferris wheel-set love scene with Ray Allen in "He Got Game": "Ray had Maalox on his breath. He had this motion sickness thing, and I'm doing the nasty to him. I'm like, 'This is beautiful.'"---Dawson quoted in Details, October 1999.

Dawson on comparisons to Jennifer Lopez: "It's hard when I'm compared to someone whom I have a likeness to. You don't compare other actresses like that. There's going to be a time when I won't have to be put under someone else or replace someone else. I'm hoping, as our careers expand, people will see the difference and stop comparing us just because we're Puerto Rican, which is ridiculous."---quoted in Austin's Insite Magazine, November 1999.

Dawson on landing her debut screen role in "Kids": "I was like 'You're picking people off the street? Obviously this movie is not going anywhere.'" --quoted in E! Online's "Sizzlin' Sixteen 2000" feature.

"I'm very fortunate in that all I ever have to do is do research and travel and meet new people and explore different viewpoints. I'm constantly putting myself in other people's shoes and constantly challenged to go past my own prejudices. I think it's unfortunate that celebrity has been marred so much by just talking about who people are sleeping with and what lipstick they're wearing. We have a very unique experience of the world, travelling the way we do and being exposed to other cultures."---Dawson to Empire Magazine 2003

"For a long time it felt like I snuck in and someone was going to figure me out. It wasn't like I've wanted to be an actor my whole life. I didn't have any particular aspiration to be hugely famous or be in magazines all the time."---Dawson to Movieline's Hollywood Life, February/March 2005.

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companion:
Jay-Z. Rapper. Dating as of fall 2000; no longer together as of September 2002.
companion:
Josh Jackson. Actor. Dating as of Septmeber 2002.
companion:
Cris Judd. Dancer. Rumored to be dating as of December 2002.
companion:
Jason Lewis. Actor. Rumored to be dating as of July 2004.
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mother:
Isabel Dawson.

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