Queen Latifah, born Dana Elaine Owens, (Newark (New Jersey), March 18, 1970) is an American rappersinger and actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her supporting role in Chicago. More than fifteen other film prizes were actually awarded her, including a Golden Globe for the television film Life Support .

Queen Latifah in 2006 got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Early years[Edit]Edit

Latifahs mother and father are policeman Lancelot Owens and music teacher Rita. Her parents divorced when she was eight years old. Her first success came with the songHome The Wiz 's during a performance of the musical at her school.


Latifah started her career with beat boxes for the rap group Ladies Fresh. In 1988 gave a regional dj a demo version of Latifahs single Princess of the Posse toMTVpresenter Fab Five Freddy (who, at the time, Yo! MTV Raps presented). Freddy helped her to get a record deal. Her first album All Hail the Queen in 1989 was released on the Tommy Boy Recordslabel. This album received positive reviews and was succeeded by Nature of a Sista that also was well received. In 1998 she released her third album, Order in the Court.


Between 1993 and 1998, Latifah a starring role in the sitcom Living Single, for which she also wrote and sang the opening music. She began her film career with supporting roles in films such as House Party 2 (1991) and Set It Off (1996). She also had a small role in two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air .

Her first larger role was in the film version of the musical Chicago. Her role as Matron ' Mama ' Morton earned her an Oscarnomination for best supporting actress on. In2003 , she starred alongside Steve Martin in the film Bringing Down the House. Since then she has played, including several main and supporting roles in Scary Movie 3,Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessTaxiBeauty ShopHairspray and Valentine's Day.

Latifah is spokesperson for Covergirlcosmetics and did a commercial with fellow spokesman and singer Faith Hill. She had a private talk show called Queen Latifah Show, between 1999 and 2001.

Her stage name "Latifah" means ' delicate ' and ' sensitive ' in Arabic. She got the name of a family member when she was eight years old.


Filmography (Incomplete)[Edit]Edit

Filmography as an actress
Year Title Role Note
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Ellie (voice)
2012 Joyful Noise Vi Rose Hill
2011 The Dilemma Susan
2010 Just Wright Leslie Wright
Valentine's Day Paula Thomas
2009 Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Ellie (voice)
2008 The Secret Life of Bees August Boatwright
What Happens in Vegas ... Dr. Twitchell
2007 Hairspray Miss Motormouth Maybelle
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Ellie (voice)
Last Holiday Georgia Byrd
Stranger than Fiction Penny Escher
2005 Beauty Shop Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) (producer)
2004 Taxi Belle
The Cookout Security Guard (producer)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Gina
2003 Scary Movie 3 Aunt Rodger
Bringing Down the House Charlene Morton (producer)
2002 Chicago Matron Mama Morton
1999 The Bone Collector Thelma
1998 Living Out Loud Liz Bailey
Sphere Alice "Teeny" Fletcher
1997 Hoodlum Roy
1996 Set It Off Cleopatra ' Cleo ' Sims
1993 My Life Theresa
1992 Juice Ruffhouse M.C.
1991 House Party 2 Zora
1991 Jungle Fever LaShawn