Rosario Dawson Biography

Birthday: 1979-05-09
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: This exotically stunning actress, who has a built in resourcefulness to her, has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing TV (the series "Gemini Division" (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voiceovers. Rosario Dawson obviously acquired the best-looking genes from her multi-ethnic heritage, which includes Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, Native American and Irish, yet it is her gritty, powerhouse talent that stands out even more in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only 16. A rags-to-riches article entitled "Rosario Dawson: From Tenement to Tinseltown" probably says it all. Born in New York City on May 9, 1979, the daughter of Isabel (Puerto Rican/Afro-Cuban), a singer, and Greg Dawson (native American/Irish), a construction laborer, her parents, who married when both were teenagers, eventually divorced. Rosario and her younger brother, Clay Dawson, had it hard while growing up and was cared for by family members, most of whom were poverty-stricken and some of whom were HIV-positive. Her career actually started as a child when she made a minor showing on the children's show, "Sesame Street" (1969). As the story goes, she was "discovered" as a teenager on her front porch step by two photographers. One of them, Harmony Korine, was an aspiring screenwriter who thought the inexperienced 16-year-old was ideal for the controversial cult film Kids (1995), in which she would portray a sexually-active teen. It took time for Rosario's film career to kick in after that, but by the late 1990s, she had nabbed several indie-styled films. Since then, she has moved into mainstream hits (and misses) and has surprised viewers with her earthy, provocative, uninhibited approach to her roles. Reflecting New York's tougher, tawdrier side as assorted streetwalkers, homeless moms, drug addicts, etc., her film highlights have included Light It Up (1999), Edward Burns' Sidewalks of New York (2001), Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002) and Shattered Glass (2003). For Oliver Stone, she portrayed the duped bride of Colin Farrell's famed B.C. Macedonian warrior, Alexander (2004) (as in "...the Great"), which featured a notoriously violent-tinged nude/sex scene. Expanding her horizons beyond film, she has always expressed interest in singing. She hooked up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit "1999" and appeared in The Chemical Brothers' video for the song "Out of Control" from the album "Surrender". She is also featured on the Outkast track, "She Lives In My Lap". On stage, she co-starred as "Julia" in a revival of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" and appeared in "The Vagina Monologues". She lucked into and got to show off her singing chops in the film adaptation of the hit New York musical Rent (2005), when Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original Mimi, became pregnant and was unable to reprise her exotic dancer role. Rosario also appeared as a prostitute in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City (2005). Of late, she has turned to producing. One of those, Descent (2007), had her playing a college coed who is brutally attacked and raped by a fellow student. Her more popular ventures have thus far included the role of "Valerie" in the live-action version of the comic strip Josie and the Pussycats (2001), the Will Smith starrer Men in Black II (2002), Eagle Eye (2008) with Shia LaBeouf and Seven Pounds (2008), again with Smith, in which she offered one of her more tender-hearted performances as a woman with a potentially fatal heart condition. Off-camera, the still-single Dawson is highly active in political, social and environmental causes and has been involved with such organizations/charities/campaigns as the Lower East Side Girls Club, Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Control Arms, International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino (which she founded), Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. In October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown 1970 - 1971 Comedy
Soul Train Music Awards Herself 1987
Backstage Pass Herself 2001 Documentary
Gemini Division Anna Diaz 2008 Sci Fi
Un-broke: What You Need to Know About Money 2009 Comedy
The Rundown Mariana 2011 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Sidewalks of New York 1931 Comedy
Kids Ruby 1995 Crime, Drama
Side Streets 1998
He Got Game 1998 Drama, Sport
Light It Up 1999 Game Show
Down to You 2000 0, 0, Biography
Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown 2001 Comedy, Music
25th Hour Naturelle Riviera 2002 Comedy
Men in Black II Laura Vasquez 2002 0, 0
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Dina Lake 2002 Sport, 0, 0
Chelsea Walls Audrey 2002 0
Love in the Time of Money Anna 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest 2002 Comedy
The Rundown Mariana 2003 0, Game Show
Shattered Glass Andy Fox 2003 0
The 25th Hour Naturelle Riviera 2003 Crime, Drama
Until the Violence Stops Herself 2003
This Revolution Tina Santiago 2004
Alexander Roxane 2004 0, 0, 0, Biography
Sin City Gail 2005 Comedy, 0, Game Show, 0, Sport
Trance Elizabeth 2006
Descent Maya 2007 Drama, Thriller
Death Proof Abernathy 2007 Action, Thriller
Explicit Ills Babo's Mom 2008
Seven Pounds Emily Posa 2008
Killshot Donna 2008 0, Game Show, Comedy
Eagle Eye Zoe Perez 2008 Action, Mystery, Thriller
Unstoppable Connie 2010 Action, Thriller
Zookeeper Kate 2011 0, Biography
Girl Walks Into a Bar June 2011
Fire with Fire Talia Durham 2012 Action, Crime, Drama
Hotel Noir Sevilla 2012 Crime, Drama
Gimme Shelter June Bailey 2013 Drama
Raze Rachel 2013 Action, Horror
Parts Per Billion Mia 2014
Chavez Dolores Huerta 2014 Biography
The Captive Nicole 2014 Thriller
Clerks III Becky 2016 Comedy
Rent Mimi Marquez 2019 0