Rashida Leah Jones was born on February 25, 1976 in Los Angeles, California to actress Peggy Lipton and media mogul Quincy Jones. Together with her sister Kidada, she was raised in Bel Air, California. She was educated at the Buckley School, Hebrew school and was able to make it to the National Honor Society. When she was 10 years old, her parents divorced, forcing her to live with her mother. She later moved on to study at Harvard University, where she initially wanted to take up law. Jones soon lost interest in the field of study after watching O.J. Simpson's trial. She then became involved in theater while studying religion and philosophy.
Jones launched her acting career in 1997, when she worked on The Last Don. Since then, she began working on various projects, including If These Walls Could Talk 2 and Little Black Book. She eventually became part of the series Boston Public, where she played Louisa Fenn, a role which earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination. She also appeared on Freaks and Geeks, Stella (the pilot), Wanted and Ny-lon. In 2006, Jones became part of the third season of NBC's The Office, where she played the role of Karen Filippelli. She was also cast in the short-lived comedy Unhitched, produced by the Farrelly brothers.
Aside from acting, Jones is also involved in singing. She is the former member and music director for Harvard's oldest co-ed a cappella group, The Harvard Opportunes. As a group, they performed an arrangement composed by Jones' father, Quincy, on the 1997 CD, Candy for the Children. She also sang for pop rock band Maroon 5's songs from both of their albums, Songs About Jane and It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
In 2002 and 2007, Jones was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, and was also named as Harper's Bazaar's Best Dressed Women In America in 2007.
Went to the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, where she was voted Most Likely to Succeed.
Formerly engaged to celebrity Mark Ronson on 25th February 2003.
Formerly engaged to Tobey Maguire.
Graduated from Harvard University in 1997.
2009-2011: Parks and Recreation (TV series) - Ann Perkins
2010: The Social Network - Marylin Delpy
2010: Vamped Out (TV series) - Dispensary Receptionist
2010: Monogamy - Nat
2010: Cop Out - Debbie
2010: Fight for Your Right Revisited (short) - Skirt Suit
2009: I Love You, Man - Zooey Rice
2006-2009: The Office (TV series) - Karen Filippelli
2009: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - Hannah
2009: Robot Chicken (TV series) - Casper/Little Orphan Annie/Molly/...
2008: Prop 8: The Musical (short) - Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell
2008: Web Therapy (TV series) - Hayley Feldman-Tate
2008: Life in Flight - Nina
2008: Unhitched (TV series) - Kate
2007: Wainy Days (TV series short) - Wainette Davids
2007: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Karen
2007: The Ten - Hostess Rebecca Fornier
2006: Our Thirties (TV short) - Liz
2006: Untitled Paul Reiser Project (TV movie) - Angela
2005: Wanted (TV series) - Detective Carla Merced
2005: Wanted (TV movie) - Detective Carla Merced
2005: Stella (TV series) - Karen
2004: NY-LON (TV series) - Edie Miller/Edith 'Edie' Miller
2004: Little Black Book - Dr. Rachel Keyes
2004: Strip Search (TV movie) (scenes deleted)
2003-2004: Chappelle's Show (TV series) - Pam / Woman in 'Love Contract'
2003: Death of a Dynasty - Layna Hudson
2002: Now You Know - Kerri
2002: Full Frontal
2000-2002: Boston Public (TV series) - Louisa Fenn
2001: Roadside Assistance - Lucy
2000: Freaks and Geeks (TV series) - Karen Scarfolli
2000: If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV movie) - Feminist (segment "1972")
2000: East of A - Emily
1998: Myth America
1997: The Last Don (TV mini-series) - Johanna