Rosie Perez

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Birth Name: Rosa Maria Pérez

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: September 6, 1964

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican

Rosie Perez is an American actress, activist, talk show host, writer, choreographer, and dancer. Her parents, Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, were Puerto Rican.

Rosie’s paternal grandfather was Juan Serrano y Anglada (the son of Juan Serrano Vendrell and Juana Anglada y Lasalle). Rosie’s great-grandfather Juan was the son of Dionicia Serrano. Juana was the daughter of José del Carmen Anglada and Maria Josefa Lasalle.

Rosie’s paternal grandmother was Carmen Emilia Roqué y Cruz (the daughter of Jacinto Roqué y Lopez and Maria R. Cruz y Velazquez). Jacinto was the son of José Eduviges Roqué and Petrona Lopez Ojeda.

Rosie’s maternal grandparents were Florentino Fontañes y Reyes (the son of Julian Fontañes and Anastacia Reyes y Villafane) and Ramona Ramos. Julian was the son of Tomasa Fontanes. Anastacia was the daughter of Pedro Reyes and Juana Villafane.

Source: Genealogy of Rosie Perez –

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18 Responses

  1. Daisuke says:

    Can anyone find a Icelandic and African mix!?

  2. Juanita says:

    Perez is Pérez was born in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Bushwick to Afro-Puerto Rican parents. Her mother, Lydia Pérez (née Fontañez), a singer, was married to Ventura Pérez at the time of Rosie’s birth. However, Rosie’s biological father is Ismael Serrano, a merchant seaman with whom her mother had 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. See her facebook!!!

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