Dawson, Rosario 1979–

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DAWSON, Rosario 1979–


Born May 9, 1979, in New York, NY; daughter of Isabel (a professional vocalist) Dawson; father, a construction worker.


Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hill, CA 90211. Lawyer—Bloom Hergott Deimer Rosenthal La Violette, 150 South Rodeo Dr., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Goodman, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Manager—Untitled Entertainment, 331 North Maple Dr., 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.



Awards, Honors:

Black Reel Award nomination, theatrical—best actress, Image Award nomination, outstanding actress in a motion picture, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2000, for Light It Up; Teen Choice Award nomination, choice breakout performance, 2001; Black Reel Award nomination, theatrical—best supporting actress, 2003, for 25th Hour; Rising Star Award, American Black Film Festival, 2004.


Film Appearances:

Ruby, Kids, Lions Gate Films, 1995.

Girls Night Out, 1997.

Lala Bonilla, He Got Game, Buena Vista, 1998.

Marisol Hidalgo, Side Streets, Cargo, 1998.

Stephanie Williams, Light It Up, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Lana, Down to You, Miramax, 2000.

Valerie Brown, Josie and the Pussycats, MCA/Universal, 2001.

Maria Codesco, Sidewalks of New York, Buena Vista, 2001.

Dee, Trigger Happy, Independent, 2001.

Audrey, Chelsea Walls (also known as Chelsea Hotel), Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Veronica, King of the Jungle, Urbanworld, 2001.

Anna, Love in the Time of Money, ThinkFilm, 2002.

Grace Quinonez, Ash Wednesday, Good Machine International, 2002.

Alisa, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Laura Vasquez, Men in Black II (also known as MIB 2 and MIIB), Columbia, 2002.

Dina Lake, The Adventures of Pluto Nash (also known as Pluto Nash), Warner Bros., 2002.

Naturelle Riviera, 25th Hour, Buena Vista, 2002.

Martine, This Girl's Life, New World, 2003.

Andy Fox, Shattered Glass, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

World VDAY (also known as Until the Violence Stops), Iron Films, 2003.

Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker, Touchstone, 2003.

Mariana, The Rundown (also known as Welcome to the Jungle), Universal, 2003.

Roxane, Alexander, Warner Bros., 2004.

Tina Santiago, This Revolution, Artists/Media, 2005.

Gail, Sin City (also known as Frank Miller's "Sin City"), Miramax, 2005.

Debbie, The Devil's Rejects, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Mimi Marquez, Rent, Sony, 2005.

Also appeared as Anna, The End of Love.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Source Hip–Hop Music Awards, UPN, 1999.

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2000.

Backstage Pass (also known as The Making of "Josie and the Pussycats"), 2001.

AFI's 100 Years … 100 Passions, CBS, 2002.

The Second Annual Vibe Awards, UPN, 2004.

Presenter, 2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards, Bravo, 2004.

Presenter, The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Sidewalks of New York," Anatomy of a Scene, Sundance Channel, 2001.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2002, 2005.

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

Punk'd, MTV, 2003.

The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003, 2004.

"Tournament 2, Game 1," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2004.

"Tournament 2 Championship," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2004.

"Alexander," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

Late Show with David Letterman, 2004.

The View, ABC, 2004.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2004, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, NBC, 2004.


Songs; Contributor:

Provided spoken vocals on "Rosario," which appeared on 1999: The New Master by Prince; provided voice work on "She Lives in My Lap," which appeared on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by Outkast.

Music Videos:

Appeared in "Out of Control" by the Chemical Brothers; "Frontin'" by Pharrell Williams, 2003; "Miss You" by Aaliyah.



Interview, November, 2004, p. 106.

Movieline's Hollywood Life, February, 2005, pp. 44–49, 92.