Rosie Perez

Discovered by Spike Lee while dancing in a club, Rosie Perez was an Oscar-nominated actress and producer whose performances combined a brassy dynamism with an earthy sexuality. Lee provided her debut in his landmark 1989 feature "Do the Right Thing," which led to subsequent feature roles as well as an Emmy-nominated turn as choreographer for the comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94). She soon shed her Fly Girl persona and displayed a skill at emotionally nuanced performances in films like "White Men Can't Jump" (1993), "Fearless" (1993) and "The 24-Hour Woman" (1997). Perez later added producing and directing to her resume, most notably with "Yo Soy Boricua! Pa' Que Lo Tu Sepas!" (2006), a documentary about her Puerto Rican heritage. Consistently dependable in nearly any role handed to her, Perez held firm to her status as one of the most accomplished Latin actresses of the 1990s and 2000s.