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Rashida Leah Jones born February 25, 1976 is an American film and television actress, comic book author, screenwriter, and occasional singer. Jones has had film roles in Our Idiot Brother, The Social Network, The Muppets, and I Love You, Man. Rashida has an older sister, Kidada Jones. They also have five half-siblings by their father are other relationships. Her father, who is African-American, also has more distant Welsh, English, French, Italian, Huguenot, and Cameroonian Tikar roots. Her mother is Ashkenazi Jewish. Rashida and her sister were raised in Reform Judaism by their mother; she attended Hebrew school, though she left at the age of ten and did not have a Bat Mitzvah. As an adult, Jones practices Judaism.
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She grew up in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California. Jones has said of her parents’ mixed-race marriage: “It was the 1970s and still not that acceptable for them to be together.”
In his autobiography, Quincy Jones recalled how he would often find his six-year-old daughter Rashida under the covers after bedtime with a flashlight, reading five books at a time. Her mother told Entertainment Tonight that Jones is “also a fabulous singer and songwriter, so she has inherited it (from Quincy), there’s no question about it. Her dad’s teaching her how to orchestrate and arrange too.
Jones attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, where she made the National Honor Society and was voted “Most Likely To Succeed” by her classmates. Jones was involved with theatre at Buckley, with tutelage from acting teacher Tim Hillman. She went to the same school as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Jones’ parents divorced when she was 14 years old; her sister subsequently remained with their father, while Rashida moved with their mother to Brentwood.
In 1994, Jones garnered attention with an open letter responding to scathing remarks made by Tupac Shakur, a rapper, about her parents’ interracial marriage. After high school, Jones left California to attend Harvard University.
Jones made her professional acting debut in The Last Don, a 1997 miniseries based on the novel byMario Puzo. She next appeared in Myth America, East of A and If These Walls Could Talk 2. In 2000, she guest starred as Karen Scarfolli on Freaks and Geeks before landing the role of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public. Between 2000 and 2002, she appeared in 26 episodes, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination in her final year.
In 2012, she starred opposite Andy Samberg in the film Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she co-wrote.
Along with Danny DeVito, she was a voice guest star in The Simpsons episode “The Changing of the Guardian” (season 24, episode 11).
In 2015, she produced the documentary film Hot Girls Wanted, which examines the role of teenage women in pornographic films.
As a singer, Jones has provided backing vocals for the band Maroon 5. She appears on the tracks “Tangled”, “Secret” and “Not Coming Home” from their debut record, Songs About Jane, and on “Kiwi” from the follow-up album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Jones was a guest vocalist on the Tupac Shakur tribute album, The Rose That Grew from Concrete, released in 2000.
In 2013, Jones directed the music video for Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave”. It marked her debut as a director. Jones has appeared in several online comedy series projects. She starred in Funny or Die’s Speak Out series with Natalie Portman and guest starred in two episodes in the first web season Web Therapy with Lisa Kudrow.
In 2011, Dove selected Jones as its spokeswoman for its Dove Nourishing Oil Care Collection. Jones had a 2 and a half year relationship with actor Tobey Maguire, ending in 2000. She became engaged to music producer Mark Ronson in February 2003.
Jones has worked to promote Peace First, a nonprofit that teaches children to resolve conflict without violence. She has been a board member since 2004 and holds several annual benefits TO RAISE MONEY for the organization.
Jones has campaigned in the last three cycles for Democratic Party presidential candidates, including for Barack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. In 2008, along with Kristen Bell, she visited college campuses in Missouri to discuss the candidates and to encourage voter registration for the Democratic Party.
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