Rashida Jones, actor and now screenwriter, has Rosenwald connection in her family tree

Rashida Jones, who’s become a familiar face in NBC’s critically-lauded sitcoms (like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”) and modern romantic comedies (like I Love You, Man and Our Idiot Brother) is currently promoting her newest film, Celeste and Jesse Forever. Jones stars in the film with Andy Samberg and it’s also her first screenwriting credit. Jones explains in a Washington Post interview that the film draws from moments in her personal life with close friend and co-writer Will McCormack.

Rashida Jones’s family has an interesting connection to Julius Rosenwald. Her father is the great musician and producer Quincy Jones, who was born in the Rosenwald-funded Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments in Chicago in 1933. Barbara Bowman (whose father helped design the apartment complex) recalled in an interview with us last year that Quincy Jones’ mother was a secretary to the building manager and his father was the carpenter in the building.

You can read more about Celeste and Jesse Forever at the Washington Post.

By Michael Rose