Rosie Perez was born on the 6th September 1964 in the Brooklyn, New York, neighbourhood of Bushwick to Puerto Rican parents. She is an Academy Award nominated actress, dancer, choreographer and director. She started her career in the late 1980's as a dancer on Soul Train and has choreographed music videos by Bobby Brown, Diana Ross and LL Cool J and The Boys. She was noticed in a dance club by Spike Lee, who hired her for her first acting role in Lee's Do the Right Thing. She is recognized for her nasal voice and thick Brooklyn accent, which often is emphasised in her films. Her normal speaking voice is much clearer, although her accent remains strong. She made her Broadway debut in Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune and appeared opposite Jeff Bridges in Peter Weir's 1993 film Fearless, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is currently starring in the revival of The Ritz. She is a Puerto Rican activist who fights for Puerto Rican rights from America. She wrote, starred in and produced a 2006 docudrama about this fight.