Ever wondered how Zoe Saldana rose to stardom? Zoe Saldana was born in 1978 to a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican Father. She was raised in Queens, NY with her two sisters. At the age of 9, her father passed away in a car accident. Nine months after the death, her mother decided to move the family to the Dominican Republic to live with grandparents because the danger the city posed for raising a family. It was there that she developed a love for supernatural thrillers and began studying ballet at the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy. Though she was a talented dancer, her desire to incorporate spoken word in her performances led her to move back to New York, where she began to pursue a career as an actress at age 17. For more interesting facts you must read her biography. Grab your biography book now!