Rosa María Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, choreographer and community activist. Her film breakthrough performance was her portrayal of Tina in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), which she followed with White Men Can't Jump (1992). Among many honors, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993) as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color (1990–1994). Perez has also performed in stage plays on Broadway, such as The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Fish in the Dark. In addition, she was a co-host on the ABC talk show The View during the series' 18th season.
Perez suffered abuse during her childhood along with her siblings from her mother. As a result, she has suffered from high anxiety, PTSD, and depression but with therapy it has been greatly reduced.Rosie Perez resides in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. She has a few siblings that also reside in NYC. Her oldest brother Jay Perez, second oldest brother Ray Perez, youngest sister Lydia Pabon and her sister Sally Pabon, who was on Soul train with her. Rosie Perez had a wedding in Brooklyn to her ex husband and had much of her family attend along with a few celebrities. Perez married artist Eric Haze on September 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. They had decided to get married the night before while attending the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez boxing match. The couple slept over at the MGM Grand hotel-casino and were married in the morning. They live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Perez had previously married filmmaker and playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld in 1998 but the couple divorced in 2001 after ten years together.Perez stated on the Pineapple Express DVD commentary that she is allergic to dairy products. She was a friend of the late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.
Perez was born on September 6, 1964 in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine seaman. Her mother Lydia Perez (née Fontañez y Reyes) was born October 13, 1939 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her father was from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Her mother was married to a man 20 years her senior, Arturo Perez and already had five children when she became pregnant with Rosie after having an affair with a naval sea merchant Ismael Serrano. Rosie was born at the now-closed Greenpoint Hospital in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Rosie is one of ten children birthed by her mother Lydia Perez. These were Jay Perez, Ray Perez, Magda Perez, Lisy Perez, Sonia Perez, Rosie Perez, Sam Pabon, Sally Pabon, Lydia Pabon and Danny Pabon. Rosie and her siblings grew up in the Bushwick Ridgewood neighborhood. On and off Rosie’s mother was in jail. Rosie’s mother gave birth to her youngest child while incarcerated. She was for a time raised by an aunt and then like her siblings went through group homes and foster care. Her and her siblings were often split up. She was then transferred to a group foster home and lived in foster care in New York and Peekskill until age eight, and was still legally considered a ward of the State of New York until age twelve. Her mother and aunt frequently visited, and her father made an unsuccessful custody bid at one point. When she was in third grade, Perez learned that she had a speech impediment. She had a strict Catholic upbringing, which she has credited to the influence of the nuns during her childhood. She eventually moved in with paternal aunt, Ana Dominga Otero Serrano-Roque, and attended Grover Cleveland High School, in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. Her mother died of AIDS-related complications in 1999. When her mother died she was living in poverty in Queensbridge houses.
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