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Rosie Perez-(Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump,) turns 47 today!

Pérez was first noticed in a dance club by Spike Lee in 1988, who hired her for her first major acting role in Do the Right Thing. Pérez started her career in the late 1980s as a dancer on Soul Train and later choreographed music videos by Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The Boys. She was the choreographer for the dancing group the Fly Girls who were featured on the Fox television comedy program In Living Color.

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Perez appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in October 2009. She suffered a serious injury during the filming of the episode. Her neck was injured when she was forcibly shaken as part of a scene. She has a slipped disc and a bulging disc in her neck and has undergone surgery for the condition. A year after the accident, she appeared at the White House in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace for a meeting with President Obama. In May 2011, Perez filed a lawsuit against the producers of the show, claiming that the injury she incurred was the result of being “recklessly pulled, grabbed, yanked, wrenched and manhandled” during filming.

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