Rashida Jones is an American actress, screenwriter, author, singer, and model who shot herself into public reckoning as a 17-year-old when she wrote an open letter to Tupac Makaveli Shakur and called him out for disrespecting her father, Quincy Jones. She is also known for her work in the TV series Parks and Recreation.
Rashida Jones Bio
Rashida Jones was born Rashida Leah Jones on February 25, 1976, in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California. Her horoscope is Pisces and she is the youngest daughter of her father Quincy Jones, a renowned record producer and musician, and her mother, actress Peggy Lipton. Rashida has an elder sister from her mother – Kidada Jones – and five half-siblings from her father – children from marriages/affairs he had with other women. Her parents got divorced when she was only fourteen years old and so she moved to Brentwood with her mother while her sister, Kidada, remained in Bel Air with her father. Her ancestry is a mixed one as a father’s lineage is African-American (with links to Cameroun) and Welsh while her mother Peggy is an Ashkenazi Jew. However, she is an American nationality and belongs to the black ethnicity.
Rashida was raised in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles and attended a Hebrew school but did not graduate from there. She then attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California where her classmates which included Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton voted her the “Most Likely To Succeed” because of her exceptional qualities. The actress displayed a flair for the entertainment industry at a young age as she played the piano and wrote songs. At Buckley, Rashida was part of the drama/theatre group under the mentorship of her then drama teacher, Tim Hillman. She also had her college education at Harvard University where she obtained a bachelors’ degree in religion and philosophy before graduating in 1997.
Interestingly, the entertainment superstar we have today would not have been or maybe she would have been but in another field as she initially had a great love for the legal profession and wanted to become a lawyer. However, she got discouraged from the profession after following the O. J. Simpson murder case. The antics in the trial made her switch her interest to pursuing a career in acting.
Movie Career & Net Worth
Rashida Jones began her acting career professionally in 1997 when she appeared in The Last Don, a TV series based on the book by Mario Puzo. Her film debut came the next year 1998 with her appearance in the movie, Myth America. Her enviable filmology include East of A, If These Walls Could Talk 2, Freaks and Geeks (2000), Boston Public (2000-2002), Now You Know (2002), Death of a Dynasty (2003), Strip Search (2004), Wanted (2005), Parks and Recreation (2009-2015), Cop Out (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012), Angie Tribeca (2016), Hot Girls Wanted (2015) and many more. Her net worth is estimated at $5 million which stems from her work both as an actress and model, plus her endorsements.
Family – Parents, Sister
Rashida Jones, as has been aforementioned has a biological sister who is also an actress. Her sister’s name is Kidada Jones. Her father is the popular Quincy Jones and her mother is Peggy Lipton, born as Margaret Ann “Peggy” Lipton, an actress and former model. Peggy married Quincy Jones in 1974 and it was Quincy’s third marriage. The marriage which was over by 1990, produced two daughters – Kidada Jones and Rashida Jones. Quincy Jones has been married only three times but has seven children with five women.
He married his first wife, Jeri Caldwell in 1957 but they got divorced in 1966. They had one daughter together – Jolie Levine. His second marriage was to the Swedish actress, Ulla Anderson in 1967 and they had two children together – Martina Jones and his only son, Quincy Jones III – before they separated in 1974. He had an affair with Carol Reynolds which resulted in a daughter, Rachel Jones. And in 1993, he had his last child, a beautiful daughter – Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones – with actress Nastassja Kinski.
Who is Rashida Jones’s Husband?
Rashida Jones is not a fan of marriage. Maybe the dysfunctional marriage of her parents is a major contributing factor to that fact but her stance on marriage is clear. She is not ready for that level of commitment yet. She believes the idea of marriage has been bastardized and she believes there has to be another model for people to follow. But even though she is not married and therefore has no husband, she is not a lesbian all the same. Her sexual orientation is straight and she has had a long list of affairs with the latest being Ezra Koenig, the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band, Vampire Weekend. They seem to be in a romantic love affair that started sometime in 2016. They were seen together at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 displaying some PDAs.
Before her relationship with Ezra Koenig, however, Rashida Jones was engaged to music DJ and producer, Mark Ronson in February 2003, after he proposed to her on her 27th birthday, but the engagement lasted just one year. Other notable affairs which Rashida has been hooked with include Jeremy Renner (pre-1997), Tobey Maguire (1997-2000), Seth Meyers (2005), John Krasinski (2005-2006), Charlie Hunnam (2006), Jon Favreau (2009-2010), Garrett Hedlund (2011), Colin Jost (2013-2016).
Rashida Jones And Tupac
Rashida Jones’ relationship (not an affair) with Tupac Shakur began on a sour note after the American rapper dissed her father, Quincy Jones in an interview with The Source Magazine for being anti-black movement, marrying only white women and making “fucked up kids”. Rashida, then a 17-year-old girl, came for Tupac and wrote him an open letter in reply. In her letter, she defended her father and slammed the rapper for not showing respect to her father and failing to realize that the sacrifices of her father had paved the way for him (and other black people) to speak up in the first instance. The letter was published in the same magazine that granted Pac the interview and the world marveled at the wisdom of the 17-year-old Rashida. That altercation would eventually give Tupac access to Rashida’s family, which enabled him to win her over as a friend and also make him date her elder sister, Kidada, who he later was engaged to until his death.