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.
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.