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This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen.A rags-to-riches article entitled "Rosario Dawson: From Tenement to Tinseltown" probably says it all. Rosario was born in New York City on May 9, 1979. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent, is a singer, and her stepfather, who raised her, Greg Dawson, of Irish descent, is 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. As the story goes, she was "discovered" as an adolescent on her front porch step by two photographers. One of them, Harmony Korine, was an aspiring screenwriter who thought the inexperienced sixteen-year-old was ideal for the controversial cult film Kids, in which she would portray a sexually active adolescent. It took time for Rosario's film career to kick in after that, but by the late 1990s, she had nabbed several independent films. Since then, she has moved into main-stream 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 mothers, drug addicts, etc., her film highlights have included Light It Up, Edward Burns' Sidewalks of New York, Spike Lee's 25th Hour and Shattered Glass. For Oliver Stone, she portrayed the duped bride of Colin Farrell's famed B.C. Macedonian warrior, Alexander (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, 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. Of late, she has turned to producing. One of those, Descent, 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 Brown in the live-action version of the comic strip Josie and the Pussycats, the Will Smith starrer Men in Black II, Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf and Seven Pounds, 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 O.N.E. 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

Rosario Dawson Arrested in D.C. Rally (VIDEO)

Rosario Dawson
Arrested In D.C. Rally

Cops cuffed Rosario Dawson and hauled her away from the Democracy Spring rally in Washington, D.C.  The actress was among a group of about a dozen people who crossed a police line and… READ MORE >

Chris Rock's Dinner -- Signs the Oscars Might Not Suck! (VIDEO)

Chris Rock
Signs the Oscars Might Not Suck!

Chris Rock lit up a beacon of hope for all who love the Academy Awards -- there's a fighting chance the show won't be TV's version of Ambien!  Hours after the Oscars announced Rock would… READ MORE >

- 369 days ago
Rosario Dawson -- Plays Tonsil Hockey with Jenny Slate ... (No Reason Necessary)

Rosario Dawson
Tonsil Hockey with Jenny Slate (No Reason Necessary)

Rosario Dawson is here to help you kick off your weekend the right way -- by sucking serious face with "Obvious Child" star Jenny Slate.Not that anyone requires an explanation ... but… READ MORE >

- 682 days ago
Rosario Dawson -- Causes Star Trek Nerdgasm with Her Tongue

Rosario Dawson
Causes Star Trek Nerdgasm ... With Her Tongue

Rosario Dawson must be tired ... 'cause she's running around the heads of millions of Trekkies now -- after showing off her Klingon language skills.Yes, it's an actual thing ... and yes, we're… READ MORE >

- 948 days ago
Rosario Dawson -- The Hottest Woman to Speak Klingon Ever

Rosario Dawson
The Hottest Woman to Speak Klingon Ever

It was only one word, but noted "Star Trek" fan Rosario Dawson busted out a little Klingon for us last night ... thus becoming the hottest woman to do so in recorded history.Dawson has never… READ MORE >

- 949 days ago
Rosario Dawson -- PLANKS For the Inspiration

Rosario Dawson -- PLANKS For the Inspiration

Rosario Dawson's already joined the worldwide "planking" craze -- and a run-in with her led to TMZ's very first newsroom attempt at it ... whether our victim planker liked it or not. Check out TMZ… READ MORE >

- 1937 days ago
Rosario vs. Vanessa: Who'd You Rather?

Rosario vs. Vanessa
Who'd You Rather?

Exotic brunette beauties Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens both shined at the same event in Cannes on Thursday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 1991 days ago
Rosario Dawson Pops Beaucoup Bottles in Cannes

Rosario Dawson Pops Beaucoup Bottles in Cannes

Rosario Dawson was really thirsty for champagne last night.The 32-year-old partied it up surrounded by 60 bottles of bub in Cannes on Thursday.Santé! READ MORE >

- 1991 days ago
Carla vs. Rosario: Who'd You Rather?

Carla vs. Rosario
Who'd You Rather?

"Sin City" stars Carla Gugino, 38, and Rosario Dawson, 31, reunited their faces at the same event in Hollywood on Thursday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 2271 days ago
Rosario vs. Hayden: Who'd You Rather?

Rosario vs. Hayden
Who'd You Rather?

Brunette babes Rosario Dawson and Hayden Panettiere both showed up to the same fashion show in NYC on Thursday.Question is ... See also Carol Brady vs. Mrs. C: Who'd You Rather? Bridge &… READ MORE >

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