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Perez at the New York premiere of Won't Back Down in 2012.
|Born||Rosa Maria Perez[unreliable source?]
September 6, 1964 [unreliable source?]
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, United States
|Occupation||Actress, dancer, choreographer, director, activist|
Perez was born in Brooklyn, New York, in the neighborhood of Bushwick, to Puerto Rican parents: Rosie was born to Lydia Perez;[unreliable source?] her father is Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine seaman. She was transferred to a group foster home[clarification needed] at age 8.[unreliable source?]
Because of problems in her life, Perez ended up having a speech impediment. She eventually moved in with an aunt. She attended Grover Cleveland High School, which is located in Ridgewood, in the New York City borough of Queens, and Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California.[verification needed]
Perez was first noticed in a dance club by Spike Lee in 1988, who hired her for her first major acting role in Do the Right Thing. Perez started her career in the late 1980s as a dancer on Soul Train and later choreographed music videos by Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The Boys. She was the choreographer for the dancing group the Fly Girls who were featured on the Fox television comedy program In Living Color.
She made her Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Perez had her third major role in the hit comedy White Men Can't Jump co-starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.
Perez was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Peter Weir's 1993 film Fearless. In 1997, she starred in Perdita Durango, a controversial film in which many scenes of excessive violence, sex and nudity were edited out of the version released in the United States but remained intact in the version released throughout Latin America.
She provides the voices of Click, the camera, on Nick Jr.'s Go, Diego, Go! and Chel, a beautiful native woman in the DreamWorks Animation film The Road to El Dorado. She played corrupt police officer Carol Brazier in the Judd Apatow-produced film Pineapple Express, co-starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Perez appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in October 2009 about pedophiles' rights. Executive producer Neal Baer said the writers had Perez in mind when they wrote the role of a young sexual abuse victim's mother. She suffered a serious injury during the filming of the episode. Most recently, Perez is the subject of a released album by Felt entitled Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez.
Rosie Perez was injured in 2009 while filming an episode of Law & Order SVU. Her neck was injured when she was forcibly shaken as part of a scene. She had herniated a disc in her neck and underwent surgery for the condition. A year after the accident, she appeared at the White House in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace for a meeting with President Obama. In May 2011, Perez filed a lawsuit against the producers of the show, claiming that the injury she incurred was the result of being "recklessly pulled, grabbed, yanked, wrenched and manhandled" during filming.
It became apparent in October 2012 that Rosie Perez is a massive fan of the sport of boxing. She joined Twitter and almost immediately began tweeting about the fights. In the time since, she has become one of the more well-known celebrity boxing fans out there. In June 2013, Perez served as the grand marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame parade in Canastota, New York. According to an interview at boxing website RingTV.com, Perez received a call from IBHOF member Steve Farhood about partaking in the festivities.
Perez is an activist for Puerto Rican rights. Her film Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!) documents her activism. She starred in and directed the Spanish AIDS PSA campaign "Join the Fight" for Cable Positive and Kismet Films. The campaign featured actor Wilmer Valderrama, BET's Julissa Bermudez, Telenovela actor Erick Elías, singer/actress Lorena Rojas, 2006–2007 Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera and actress Judy Marte. An English-language campaign was also directed by Liev Schreiber. President Barack Obama appointed her to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). She was sworn in on February 2, 2010.
On January 6, 2000, she was arrested for disorderly conduct in Manhattan following a rally to protest U.S. Navy air weapons training, as well as other forms of payload on the government training range owned at Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Perez serves as the chair of the artistic board for Urban Arts Partnership, a New York City arts education nonprofit that uses arts integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.
On September 16, 2013, Perez revealed to omg!INSIDER that she married artist Eric Haze the previous Sunday morning in Las Vegas, Nevada. While attending the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez fight in Vegas on that Saturday, Haze and Perez decided to stay over and get married at the MGM Grand the following day. She was previously married to filmmaker and playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld but the couple divorced in 2001.
|1989||Do the Right Thing||Tina|
|1991||Night on Earth||Angela|
|1992||White Men Can't Jump||Gloria Clemente||Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1993||Untamed Heart||Cindy||Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Fearless||Carla Rodrigo||Berlin International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance (Special Mention)
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress tied with Anna Paquin
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
|1994||It Could Happen to You||Muriel Lang|
|Somebody to Love||Mercedes|
|1997||A Brother's Kiss||Debbie|
|Perdita Durango||Perdita Durango||Fantafestival Award for Best Actress|
|1999||The 24 Hour Woman||Grace Santos||Also Producer
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||Chel||Voice|
|Riding in Cars with Boys||Shirley Perro|
|2003||From the 104th Floor||Narrator||Voice|
|2005||All the Invisible Children||Ruthie||Segment "Jesus Children of America"|
|Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!||Herself||Director
|Just Like the Son||Mrs. Ponders|
|2008||The Take||Marina De La Pena||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|Pineapple Express||Officer Carol Brazier|
|2012||Won't Back Down||Brenna Harper|
|1990||Criminal Justice||Barbara Von Busch|
|1995||In a New Light: Sex Unplugged||Herself||Host|
|1997||Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground||Mystery Girl||Also producer
Segment "Love on the A Train"
|Lackawanna Blues||Bertha||Television Movie
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
|2010||Lies in Plain Sight||Marisol Reyes||Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress - Television
|1990||21 Jump Street||Rosie Martinez||Episode "2245"|
|1990||In Living Color||Herself||Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography (1990, 1992, 1993)
choreographer, seasons 1-4
|1990–1991||WIOU||Lucy Hernandez||Episodes "Without Prejudice"
"Mother Nature's Son"
"They Shoot Sources, Don't They"
|1995–1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Thumbelina / Witch||Episodes "Thumbelina"
"Hanselito y Gretelita"
|2002||Widows||Linda Perelli||Episodes "Hour One"
|1995–2004||Frasier||Francesca / Lizbeth||Episodes "Roz in the Doghouse (1995)"
"Crock Tales (2004)"
|2005–2008||Go, Diego, Go!||Click, the camera||Episodes "Diego Saves the Humpback Whale"
"Linda the Llama Saves Carnaval"
"Diego's Wolf-Pup Rescue"
"The Bobos' Mother's Day"
"Tuga Helps the Moon"
"Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween!"
|2008–2009||Lipstick Jungle||Dahlia Morales||Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Actress in Television - Comedy
Episodes "Pandora's Box"
"Let It Be"
"The Lyin', the Bitch and the Wardrobe Dahlia Morales"
"La Vie En Pose"
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Eva Banks||Episodes "Hardwired"|
|2011–2012||The Cleveland Show||Choni / Aunt Chonie||Episodes "There Goes El Neighborhood"
"Y Tu Junior Tambien"
|2012||Nurse Jackie||Jules||Episodes "Slow Growing Monsters"|
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- Rosie Perez Injured doing her own SVU stunt USA Today, July 15, 2010
- Perez suing "Law & Order" over shooting injuries AHN, May 19, 2011
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- "Artistic Board Chair Rosie Perez was featured in the Reader’s Digest “Best of America” issue | Urban Arts Partnership". Urbanarts.org. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
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- Diaz, Evelyn (2013-08-22). "Rosie Perez Is Married | News". BET. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rosie Perez.|
- Rosie Perez at the Internet Movie Database
- Rosie Perez at the Internet Broadway Database
- Rosie Perez at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Rosie Perez interview about her Documentary "Yo Soy Boricua" on independentfilm.com