Rosa Maria Perez was born on September 6, 1964 the Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano. Her family is native of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Her childhood was very hard from her early age due to her schizophrenic mother. As a result, now she has suffered from anxiety, PTSD as well as dysthymia. Rosie started her education at the Grover Cleveland High School. Later she studied at the Los Angeles City College. She finished her study at the West Lost Angeles College with a Master Degree in bio-chemistry.

Rosie started her dancing career in the early 80s, by working at the musical variety TV program “Soul rain”. In the 1988 she danced at the Funky Reggae’ club and was noticed by Spike Lee, who gave her a job in the comedy-drama movie “Do the Right Thing”, where she played the role of Tina. Her debut role helped make a decision to become an actress. She also continued her dancer work and even choreographed several music videos for Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown and Diana Ross. Additionally, she tried herself as a segment producer and made a choreographic work for the dancing group the Fly Girl.

She has made her first appearance on the Broadway play “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”. In the 1992 she appeared in the comedy film “White Men Can't Jump”. The next year she played in the movie “Fearless” and later was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1997 she starred in the film “Perdita Durango”, which is mostly known as “Dance with the Devil”. She also has made her appearances in numerous TV series like “Go, Diego, Go!”, “In Living Color” and “Lipstick Jungle”. During the filming at the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, she also was injured with her neck. For the last couple years she appeared in such movies like “Pitch Perfect 2”, “The Hero of Color City”, “Puerto Ricans in Paris” and “Five Nights in Maine”.

She also wrote and published several books include “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)” and “¡yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas!: I'm Boricua, Just so You Know!” to be a co-author. She also liked boxing and even was the grand marshal for the parade of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which as in the 2013.

She was married twice. Her first husband was Seth Zvi Rosenfeld. They lived together ten years from 1991-2001. Now she is married to Eric Haze. Her husband is an artist. The couple tied their married knot in Las Vegas in the 2013. She doesn’t have any children. There are many pictures of her available through some of the popular web sites including social sites such as Instagram, Twitter and many other celebrity sites as well. She has a net worth of 12 million dollars. Currently, she resides in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Last Modified: Apr 5, 2020

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