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Date of Birth: May 9, 1979
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 8"
Best Known For: Sin City, Grindhouse
|Rosario Dawson Biography
Rosario Dawson was born May 9, 1979, in New York City, to a father of Native American and Irish descent and a mother of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban ancestry (they are now divorced). Her film career began unexpectedly when filmmaker Larry Clark saw her on a Manhattan street and asked her to be in a movie he was making. The movie, Kids, became a critical success and Dawson's performance was commended.
As a result, Dawson decided to pursue an acting career and attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Dawson has worked steadily since her debut, with a mixed amount of commercial and critical success. Dawson's film career has been varied, ranging from independent films to massive big-budget flops to highly successful blockbusters, among them the Spike Lee-directed He Got Game, opposite Denzel Washington, to the second Men in Black film, opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. She has had leading roles in two massive flops: Josie and the Pussycats and The Adventures of Pluto Nash. The Adventures of Pluto Nash was nominated for six Razzie Awards.
In 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theatre revival of Galt MacDermot's 1971 musical The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, New York (August-September 2005). Next Dawson portrayed the HIV-positive heroin-addicted exotic dancer Mimi Marquez in the film adaptation of Rent. It was her first role in a film musical. Some critics praised her performance; others panned it, stating that she was not as good as the actress who originated the role. Also in the same year Rosario had a major role in the comic book adaptation, Sin City; and she is also scheduled to be in the film's sequel.
In 2006 she appeared in Kevin Smith's Clerks II. Dawson starred as Becky, the crush-turned-wife of Dante Hicks. In 2007, Dawson co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's throwback double-feature movie Grindhouse. Also in 2007, Dawson teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent.
In 2008, Dawson is scheduled to appear in the thriller, Eagle Eye, with Shia LaBeouf, Billy Bob Thornton, and Michelle Monaghan, the comedic crime drama, Poor Things, with Lindsay Lohan, the drama, Seven Pounds, with Will Smith and Woody Harrelson, and the sequel film Sin City 2.Dawson co-founded Voto Latino in 2004, an organization encouraging American Latinos to participate in civic government using technology and media. She spearheaded the first American Latino celebrity voter registration drive in 2004. Dawson also co-created the new comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce.
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