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Rosa Mari­a “Rosie Perez, born (Sep­tem­ber 6, 1964) and raised in Brook­lyn, New York to Puer­to Rican par­ents.  Pérez was born in Brook­lyn,  in the neigh­bor­hood of Bush­wick, to Puer­to Rican par­ents. Her moth­er, Lydia Pérez (née Fontañez), a singer, was mar­ried to Arturo Pérez at the time of Rosie’s birth. How­ev­er, Rosie’s bio­log­i­cal father is Ismael Ser­ra­no, a mer­chant sea­man with whom her moth­er had an affair. Much of her young life was spent in fos­ter care.  She attend­ed Grover Cleve­land High School, which is locat­ed in Ridge­wood, in the New York City bor­ough of Queens, and Los Ange­les City Col­lege in Los Ange­les, California.


Rosie Perez was injured in 2009 while film­ing an episode of Law & Order SVU. Her neck was injured when she was forcibly shak­en as part of a scene. She had her­ni­at­ed a disc in her neck and under­went 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.


It became appar­ent in Octo­ber 2012 that Rosie Perez is a mas­sive fan of the sport of box­ing. She joined Twit­ter and almost imme­di­ate­ly began tweet­ing about the fights. In the time since, she has become one of the more well-known celebri­ty box­ing fans out there. In June 2013, Perez served as the grand mar­shal for the Inter­na­tion­al Box­ing Hall of Fame parade in Canas­to­ta, New York. Accord­ing to an inter­view at box­ing web­site, Perez received a call from IBHOF mem­ber Steve Far­hood about par­tak­ing in the festivities.