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Name: Rosa Maria Perez                                                                   
Born: 6 September 1964 Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City                                 
Rosa Maria Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated American         
actress, dancer, choreographer and director.                                             
Perez was born in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick to Afro-Puerto Ricans             
parents. She started her career in the late 1980s as a dancer on Soul Train and           
has choreographed music videos by Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The             
Boys. She was the choreographer for the dancing group, the Fly Girls, (and in             
one case three female members of the show's cast during a sketch that involved           
them taking over as the show's dance troupe after they had tied up, gagged, and           
thrown the real Fly Girls into a closet) who were featured on every performance           
of In Living Color, a 1990s television variety series.                                   
Perez was noticed in a dance club by Spike Lee, who hired her for her first               
acting role in Lee's Do the Right Thing.                                                 
Perez is recognized for her nasal voice and thick Brooklyn accent, which often           
is emphasized in her films. Her normal speaking voice is much clearer, although           
her accent remains strong.                                                               
In 1999, Perez married filmmaker Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, but they separated in 2001.         
She made her Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the               
Claire de Lune . Perez also had a major role in the hit comedy "White Men Can't           
Jump" in 1992, with co-stars Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. She also                 
appeared opposite Jeff Bridges in Peter Weir's 1993 film Fearless, for which             
Perez was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1997           
she starred in Perdita Durango, a controversial film in which many scenes of             
excessive violence, sex and nudity were edited out of the version released in             
The United States, but remained intact in the version released throughout Latin           
She co-stars as "Click, the camera" on Nick Jr.'s Go, Diego, Go!.                         
Perez is a Puerto Rican activist who fights for Puerto Rican rights from America.         
Her 2006 film Yo Soy Boricua! Pa' Que TĂș Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So           
You Know!) is about this fight.                                                           
In Fall 2006, Perez starred in and directed the Spanish AIDS PSA campaign "Join           
the Fight" for Cable Positive and Kismet Films. The campaign featured actor               
Wilmer Valderrama, BET's Julissa Bermudez, Telenovela actor Erick Elias, singer/actress   
Lorena Rojas, 2006-2007 Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, and actress Judy Marte. An         
English-language campaign was directed by Liev Schreiber.