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Rosario Dawson (born
May 9, 1979) is an American film and theatre actress and singer, best known for
her roles in the movies Kids, Sin City, Clerks II, and Rent.
Born May 9, 1979 (age
New York City, New
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73
Notable roles Kids, Sin
City, Clerks II, and Rent.
Dawson was born in New
York City to a father of Native American and Irish descent and a mother of
Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban ancestry. According to recent interviews, the two
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 and Film Institute. Dawson
has worked steadily since her debut, with a mixed amount of commercial and
critical success. As of 2006, she has worked with directors such as Oliver
Stone, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Chris Columbus and Spike Lee, and
costarred with the likes of Will Smith, Edward Norton, Adam Pascal, wife &
husband duo Idina Menzel & Taye Diggs, Colin Farrell, and Clive Owen.
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 and professional basketball player Ray Allen, to the
second Men in Black film, opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. She has had
leading roles in two 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.
Dawson is also working on a role in the movie Descent with Rent costars Tracie
Thoms and Wilson Jermaine Heredia.
In 1999, Dawson teamed
up with Prince for his timely re-release of his 1980s hit "1999". This remixed
version featured the actress in an introductory voiceover, offering commentary
on the state of the world in the titular year. She is also featured on the music
track "She Lives In My Lap" from the OutKast album The Love Below. A comic book
fanatic, especially of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Dawson
co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce.
In 2006 Dawson played
Becky, the crush-turned-wife of Dante, played by Brian O'Hallaran. As she
mentioned in the making of for Clerks 2 entitled Back to the Well, she mentioned
that the "Donkey Show" was what made her decide to agree to play in the movie.
Also, during the commentary, it's mentioned she and fellow actor Trevor Fehrman,
who played Elias, had a small arguement about a comment Trevor made about an
actor who played in Rent.
Dawson has been
described by fans and staff as being extremely 'kind' and 'down to earth', and
is noted for her 'friendly' and 'sociable' attitude during public appearances.
She has been dating former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for 2 years. They
reside in Los Angeles. Recently, it was reported that they have separated.
Girls Night Out (1997)
He Got Game (1998)
Side Streets (1998)
Light It Up (1999)
Down to You (2000)
King of the Jungle
Josie and the Pussycats
Sidewalks of New York
Trigger Happy (2001)
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Love in the Time of
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Men in Black II (2002)
The Adventures of Pluto
25th Hour (2002)
World VDAY (2003)
This Girl's Life (2003)
Shattered Glass (2003)
The Rundown (2003)
This Revolution (2005)
Sin City (2005)
The Devil's Rejects
(2005) (scenes deleted)
Little Black Dress
Clerks II (2006)
A Guide to Recognizing
Your Saints (2006)
Grind House (2007)
Sin City 2 (2007)
1. 'Rosario Dawson:
From Tenement to Tinseltown', a Marie Claire magazine article from December 2005
4. She got fame, New
York Daily News article from July 2006
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