Rashida Jones life and biography

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Rashida Jones biography

Date of birth : 1976-02-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Los Angeles, California,U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-19
Credited as : Actress, Boston Public, Quincy Jones

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Although she was a regular on Boston Public for a couple of years, Rashida Jones remains best known for her memorable work on The Office as Karen Filippelli. While she hasn't quite broken into the Hollywood limelight, Rashida is right there on the sidelines waiting to burst out.

Rashida Jones has certainly accomplished more than one might have imagined. She’s worked opposite such stars as Brad Pitt, David Duchovny and Michelle Williams, and in 2002, Rashida was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series by the Image Awards for her role on Boston Public. This is in addition to Rashida’s ongoing musical endeavors, as well as her burgeoning career as a part-time writer (she’s contributed to Teen Vogue, among others).

The daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Rashida grew up in the posh Bel Air and attended the prestigious Buckley School (home to such notable alumni as Alyssa Milano, Matthew Perry and Paris Hilton). She proved to be a model student at an early age, earning high marks in most of her classes and eventually winning the title of Most Likely to Succeed.

Rashida Jones’ musical abilities became evident at an exceedingly early age, as she was winning awards for her piano-playing chops by the time she was just 5 years old. Her father’s stature within the recording industry meant that she grew up around some of music’s biggest names (including no less than Michael Jackson himself), and Rashida was slowly but surely establishing herself as a talented musician in her own right. Rashida Jones’ budding music career was put on hold after her parents split up and she was sent to live with her mother, though it soon become clear that she possessed a similar passion for acting.

By the time she entered Harvard University (where she studied religion and philosophy), Rashida Jones discovered that she possessed a real talent for performance and she subsequently spent much of her free time appearing in a variety of school plays. Rashida made her professional debut with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in the 1997 The Last Don, and followed that up with appearances in a series of independent films (including 1998’s Myth America and 2000’s If These Walls Could Talk 2). Rashida’s short-lived stint on the NBC drama Freaks and Geeks as a bully brought her to the attention of viewers and casting directors alike, and she soon found herself auditioning for increasingly high-profile films and television shows.

Rashida Jones’ big break came in 2000 when she landed a regular role on the FOX program Boston Public. Cast as nosy assistant Louisa Fenn, Rashida -- along with such cast members as Jeri Ryan, Nicky Katt and Michael Rapaport -- began to establish herself as a bona fide actress and even managed to belt out a number or two during her two-year stint on the series. Though she remained dedicated to her budding acting career, Rashida Jones took time out to dabble in the world of music, lending her vocals to a Tupac Shakur tribute album and even popping up on Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane.

After her character was written out of Boston Public, Rashida Jones began making a variety of appearances in movies and television shows with her memorable role in the Brittany Murphy comedy Little Black Book (2004) easily the most high-profile gig of her career up to that point. She followed that up with a recurring role on TNT Network’s series Wanted, and also appeared in a number of doomed pilots that have yet to see the light of day (including one created by former sitcom star Paul Reiser).

Rashida Jones’ television-heavy resume made her an ideal candidate for a new role on the hit NBC sitcom The Office, and in the first episode of the series’ third season she made her first appearance as Karen Filippelli. The character’s pursuit of John Krasinski’s Jim ensured that Rashida was the subject of debate among the show’s fans, and the actress stayed with the show for the entirety of its third season. She shot a pilot for the fall 2007 season entitled Our Thirties, which -- though peppered with familiar faces like Rashida and Rachel Blanchard -- was unfortunately not picked up by ABC.

Thanks to her role on The Office, Rashida Jones signed on to appear in Krasinski’s directorial debut: 2008’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Rashida Jones makes her debut in the AskMen.com 2008 Top 99 list at No. 77.

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