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ROSARIO DAWSON (June Bailey) has garnered praise for her numerous leading roles alongside today's hottest film actors and directors, making her one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading ladies. In 2007 she was named "Supporting Actress of the Year" at ShoWest. Dawson won the Best Actress in a Motion Picture prize at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards for her performance in Gabriele Muccino's drama Seven Pounds, opposite Will Smith. She also received the Half-Life Award at the 2008 CineVegas International Film Festival.

Dawson was last seen in the Danny Boyle thriller Trance, alongside James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel. The film revolves around a failed art heist that pits two men against one another as both men develop unusual relationships with the same woman.

Dawson has a number of films set for release in the New Year. She reprises her role as Gail in the crime-thriller Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, alongside Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. She co-starred in the original Sin City alongside Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and Brittany Murphy.

Dawson also stars in Atom Egoyan's forthcoming thriller The Captive, with Ryan Reynolds and Scott Speedman, and Diego Luna's Chavez, a biopic about the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Dawson will play Dolores Huerta and stars alongside Michael Pena and America Ferrera.

Dawson recently wrapped filming Finally Famous, directed by Chris Rock. Dawson plays the role of a New York journalist tasked with profiling a famous stand-up comedian turned serious actor (played by Rock).

Dawson made her small-screen debut in the 2011 Lifetime original movie "Five," which sewed together five personal narratives depicting the effects of breast cancer through survivor stories. Dawson received a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for her role as Lili in an episode directed by Alicia Keys.

Previously, Dawson starred in Frank Coraci's romantic comedy Zookeeper, opposite Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Jon Favreau; Tony Scott's action thriller Unstoppable, alongside Denzel Washington and Chris Pine; Eagle Eye, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Shia LaBeouf; Mark Webber's political drama Explicit Ills, an Audience Award winner at SXSW; Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's tribute to exploitation films, Grindhouse, with Kurt Russell and Stacy Ferguson; Talia Lugacy's Descent, which Dawson also produced; Dito Montiel's A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Channing Tatum; Chris Columbus' Rent, based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

Dawson made her film debut at the age of 14 in Larry Clark's shocking, critically acclaimed drama Kids, in the memorable role of Ruby. Written by Harmony Korine, Kids depicted 24 chaotic hours in the life of a group of New York skaters. Receiving a surprise midnight screening at Sundance and a spot in the main competition at Cannes, the film launched Dawson's career.

Additional film credits include Kevin Smith's Clerks 2, Peter Berg's The Rundown, Oliver Stone's Alexander, Spike Lee's He Got Game and The 25th Hour, Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black II, Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls, Billy Ray's Shattered Glass and Ed Burns' Sidewalks of New York.

Beyond her numerous leading roles, Dawson also lends her time to a range of influential organizations including Voto Latino (which she co-founded in 2004), V-Day, The Lower Eastside Girls Club and the Environmental Media Association, among others. Dawson was recently awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the community and efforts to get others involved.

Dawson currently resides in Los Angeles.


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