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Also Known As: Rashida L Jones, Rashida Leah Jones Died:
Born: February 25, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: model, actor

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A combination of intelligence, humor and beauty, actress Rashida Jones became a fan favorite with a series of roles that artfully exploited these same admirable traits. The daughter of famed composer-music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Jones graduated from Harvard University prior to pursuing a career in entertainment in 1997. Early appearances included in episodes of the cult-comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) and director Steven Soderbergh's experimental comedy "Full Frontal" (2002). Her musical background came to the fore when she lent backing vocals to the albums of such diverse acts as Maroon 5 and the late Tupac Shakur. Her breakout part, however, came with her recurring role as Karen Filippelli on the hit comedy series "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ). Although her tenure as the temporary love interest of Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) lasted little more than a season, it led to a permanent slot on another popular series, "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2008- ), as Ann Perkins, the stalwart friend of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Enjoying her newfound recognition, Jones took on a slew of roles in such hit feature films as "I Love You, Man" (2009), "The Social Network"...

A combination of intelligence, humor and beauty, actress Rashida Jones became a fan favorite with a series of roles that artfully exploited these same admirable traits. The daughter of famed composer-music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Jones graduated from Harvard University prior to pursuing a career in entertainment in 1997. Early appearances included in episodes of the cult-comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) and director Steven Soderbergh's experimental comedy "Full Frontal" (2002). Her musical background came to the fore when she lent backing vocals to the albums of such diverse acts as Maroon 5 and the late Tupac Shakur. Her breakout part, however, came with her recurring role as Karen Filippelli on the hit comedy series "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ). Although her tenure as the temporary love interest of Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) lasted little more than a season, it led to a permanent slot on another popular series, "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2008- ), as Ann Perkins, the stalwart friend of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Enjoying her newfound recognition, Jones took on a slew of roles in such hit feature films as "I Love You, Man" (2009), "The Social Network" (2010) and "The Muppets' (2011). Utterly likable and undeniably talented, Jones continued to carve out a bright future alongside several of the brightest stars of film and television.

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 Muppets, The (2011)
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 Finding Joe (2011)
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 Big Year, The (2011)
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 Monogamy (2010)
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1989:
Visited an ashram in India at age 13 and converted to Hinduism
1997:
Featured in the CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'"
1999:
Acted in the festival-screened independent drama "East of A"
2000:
Played a feminist in the "1972" segment of HBO's lesbian-themed anthology "If These Walls Could Talk 2"
2000:
Guest starred on an episode of "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC) playing high school tough Karen Scarfolli
2000:
Cast on the controversial Fox drama "Boston Public" as the sharp-witted assistant to principal Harper (Chi McBride)
2002:
Appeared on stage in L.A. with mother and uncle in the one-act play "Pitching to the Star"
2004:
Cast opposite Brittany Murphy in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book"
2006:
Joined the cast of NBC's "The Office" in the third season as a love interest to Jim Halpert (John Krasinski)
2008:
Cast in the Farrelly Brothers produced sitcom "Unhitched" (Fox)
2009:
Played Paul Rudd's fiance in "I Love You, Man"
2009:
Cast opposite Amy Poehler on the NBC comedy hit "Parks and Recreation"
2010:
Appeared in "The Social Network," directed by David Fincher about the founding of the social networking website Facebook
2011:
Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin
2011:
Co-starred with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the family comedy "The Muppets"
2012:
Made film writing debut with romantic comedy "Celeste & Jesse Forever"; also co-starred with Andy Samberg
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Education

The Buckley School: Sherman Oaks , California -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1997

Notes

Jones was featured along with her father on a track on the Tupac Shakur tribute album "The Rose that Grew From Concrete", a collection of friends reading poetry from his early years.

"I told my dad I wanted to be the first black Jewish woman president!" --Jones on her high hopes, to US Weekly, January 22, 2001.

"I had a big depression in college and theater was the only thing that kept me going. Acting was a way to channel all that angst and express myself in a set of circumstances where there were no real consequences." --quoted in US Weekly, January 22, 2001.

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companion:
Tobey Maguire. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Mark Ronson. Deejay. Engaged as of March 2003.

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grandfather:
Quincy Delight Jones Sr. Carpenter. Paternal grandfather.
grandmother:
Sarah Jones. Savings and loan owner, apartment complex manager. Paternal grandmother; died of a stroke January 22, 1999 at age 94.
grandfather:
Harold Lipton. Attorney, film executive. Maternal grandfather.
grandmother:
Rita Lipton. Painter. Maternal grandmother.
father:
Quincy Jones. Musician, producer, arranger.
mother:
Peggy Lipton. Actor.
uncle:
Robert Lipton. Actor.
half-sister:
Jolie Jones. Mother, Jeri Caldwell.
half-sister:
Martina Lisa Jones. Mother, Ulla Anderson.
half-brother:
Quincy Jones III. Born c. 1972; mother, Ulla Anderson.
sister:
Kidada Jones. Model, actor. Born on March 22, 1974.
half-sister:
Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones. Born on February 9, 1993; mother, Nastassja Kinski.
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