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Who Is Rosario Dawson?
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 when she was only sixteen. A rags-to-riches article entitled "Rosario Dawson: From Tenement to Tinseltown" probably says it all. Rosario was born on May 9, in New York City. 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 were 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
Rosario Dawson found notoriety as a teen before crafting a career that made her one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood. Born in New York, she was discovered as a year-old by director Harmony Korine. He cast the young, inexperienced Dawson in his film "Kids" as the confident and sexually active Ruby. The movie generated a deluge of controversy with its matter-of-fact depiction of young teens having sex, taking drugs, and being violent, but many of the young actors were noted for their performances, including Dawson. The role legitimized her career and started her on a run of continuous roles that would go for the next two-plus decades. Her early roles included starring in the inspirational "Light It Up" and with Rachael Lee Cook in the live-action remake of the Saturday morning cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats" She jumped into the world of blockbusters, playing an alien princess and Will Smith's love interest in "Men in Black II" She also continued working with respected auteurs, starring in Oliver Stone's historical epic "Alexander" and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City" She later became part of the updating of two s cultural touchstones when she starred in Chris Columbus's adaptation of the beloved musical "Rent" and joined the cast of Kevin Smith's sequel to his breakout hit "Clerks II"
She's gone on to star in a wide spectrum of independent and feature films, including Sin City , Rent and Grindhouse. Also an outspoken activist for various causes, Dawson co-founded Voto Latino to encourage Latinos to register and vote. Her biological father, Patrick Harris, was never part of the picture. Greg Dawson, her construction worker stepfather, helped raise Dawson from birth. Dawson's upbringing was anything but traditional. At the age of 6, her family became squatters in an empty building because they couldn't afford rent, and this living situation would continue for years for the future actress and her family. At the age of 15, Rosario Dawson was hanging out with friends in front of her building when she caught the attention of director Larry Clark. Dawson played a sexually promiscuous teen in the gritty tale about urban youth.