Rashida Jones Biography

Rashida Jones Biography
Rashida Jones (born February 25, 1976, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, writer, model, and musician, best known for her portrayals of Edie Miller on the British television series NY-LON, Louisa Fenn on Boston Public, and Karen Filippelli on The Office.


Rashida is the youngest daughter of actress Peggy Lipton from her marriage to music legend Quincy Jones. Jones' name "Rashida" comes from Arabic, meaning "wise". Rashida Jones is the younger sister of Kidada Jones.

Raised in Bel Air, California, Jones was educated at the Buckley School where she achieved academic distinction. In his autobiography, her father recalled how he would often find 5-year old Rashida under the covers after bedtime with a flashlight reading five books. Around the same age Jones was already playing classical concerts and winning awards. Her mother told Entertainment Tonight, "She's also a fabulous singer and songwriter, so she has inherited it (from Quincy), there's no question about it. Her dad's teaching her how to orchestrate and arrange too."

"I started taking piano lessons when I was five, and I would play two part Bach inventions before I knew how to read music. I'd hear my teacher play it and I'd play it myself from memory. I have a photographic memory like my dad, but in some ways it's a disability. Because I have a strong ear and pick up all things musical quickly, I never learned to sight read well. My father has always taught me, though, that a strong ear is not enough; you've got to get a command of the theory. I'm still working on that."

When Rashida Jones was 10 years old, her parents divorced and Jones lived with her mother until she left to attend Harvard University. While attending Harvard, she initially was interested in becoming a lawyer, but lost interest as a result of watching the O.J. Simpson trial. As a result, Rashida Jones became involved in theatre. Rashida Jones garnered attention with an open letter in response to scathing remarks made by Tupac Shakur about her parents' mixed marriage. She later befriended Shakur, who became engaged to her sister. Rashida Jones studied religion and philosophy at Harvard and graduated in 1997.

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