Rashida Leah Jones
February 25, 1976
Los Angeles, Calif.
Jones gained stardom when she was cast as Louisa Fenn on Boston Public, a role that earned her a NAACP Image Award. Later, in The Office, she assumed the role of Karen Fillipelli. Her last role was in Unhitched as Kate Frankola.
Where It Started:
Jones is the daughter of actress Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones. Her father is black and her mother is a Jew of Russian and Irish descent.
Jones developed a deep interest in music at the age of five. She composed music for theatre productions while attending Harvard University. She studied philosophy and religion and graduated in 1997.
Aside from her roles on television, Jones has appeared in several movies. “The Last Don,” “Myth America” and “If These Wall Could Talk” are her most popular flicks.
Jones modeled for The Gap and Triple 5 Soul. People Magazine ranked her one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2002 and 2007.
She was also proclaimed one of the “Best Dressed Women In America” by Harper’s Bazaar.
Jones is also the music director and member of “The Harvard Opportunes,” Harvard’s oldest co-ed acapella group. Jones sung background vocals for Madonna’s “Dress You Up,” which was used in a popular GAP ad campaign.
Jones has also added her background vocals to three tracks on Maroon 5’s smash album, “Songs About Jane.”
Since 2004, Jones has been a board member for the International Peace Games. The organization was created to educate children in non-violent conflict resolution.
Jones has recently launched a clothing line named “Laloo.” The clothes are manufactured using only sustainable and organically grown cotton.