Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith

Rosie Perez, Do the Right Thing (1989)

Plucked right off a Brooklyn dance floor and given the role of a lifetime by Spike Lee in 1989, Perez easily eclipsed her co-stars as high-strung Tina in the film. Perez went on to become one of the most significant actresses in the independent film scene and a cultural icon.

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