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Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, actress, and singer. Queen Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

Early life

Latifah was born and raised in Newark, New Jerseymarker, the daughter of Rita, a schoolteacher who worked at Irvington High Schoolmarker, and Lancelot Owens, Sr, a policeman. Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten. Latifah performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play. Her stage name, Latifah (لطيفة), meaning "delicate" and "gentle" in Arabic, was given to her by her cousin when she was eight. Latifah was raised in the Baptist church. Always a large girl, the currently 5'10" tall Latifah was a power forward on her high school basketball team.

Music career

1987–1988: Beginning

Latifah started her career beatboxing for the rap group Ladies Fresh. Latifah was one of the members of the original version of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of MC's grouped around producer DJ Mark the 45 King. In 1988, DJ Mark the 45 King heard a demo version of Latifah's single "Princess of the Posse" and gave the demo to Fab Five Freddy, who was the host of Yo! MTV Raps.

1988–2000: Rapping

Freddy helped Latifah sign with Tommy Boy Records, which released Latifah's first album All Hail the Queen in 1989, when she was nineteen. That year, she appeared as Referee on the UK label Music of Life album "1989—The Hustlers Convention (live)". In 1998, Co Produced by Ro Smith now CEO of Def Ro Inc. she released her fourth hip-hop album Order in the Court.

2003–2007: Singing

After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted primarily to sing lyrics in soul music and jazz standards, which she had used sparingly in her previous hip-hop-oriented records. In 2004, she released the soul/jazz standards The Dana Owens Album. On July 11, 2007, Latifah sang at the famed Hollywood Bowlmarker in Los Angeles as the headlining act in a live jazz concert. Before a crowd of more than 12,400, she was backed by a 10-piece live orchestra and three backup vocalists, The Queen Latifah Orchestra. Latifah performed new arrangements of standards including "California Dreaming," first made popular by '60s icons The Mamas & the Papas. Later in 2007, Latifah released an album entitled Trav'lin' Light. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Joe Sample, George Duke, Christian McBride, and Stevie Wonder made guest appearances. It was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" category.

In 2009, Latifah, along with the Jubilation Choir, recorded the title track on the album Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration, covering the song the Edwin Hawkins Singers made popular in 1969.

2008–present: Return to hip hop

In 2008, Latifah was asked if she would make another hip-hop album. She was quoted saying the album was "already done" and it would be called "All Hail the Queen II". It was rumored that the album would be named "The 'L' Word". When asked about the rumor, she stated it was her attempt to "mess with people's heads" referring to rumors that she is lesbian. On September 12, 2008, Rolling Stone reported that Queen Latifah is working on a new album entitled,"Persona". The cover of this album has a striking resemblance to the video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona. Not only do the different versions of Latifah line up in a similar fashion to the cover of the Playstation Portable game, but Latifah's cover uses a very similar font, with only slight differences such as the 'e' in Persona turned counterclockwise. The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single. She also has a song with Missy Elliott.

Film and television

From 1993-1998, Latifah had a starring role on Living Single, a Fox sitcom; she also wrote and performed its theme music. She began her film career in supporting roles in the 1991 and 1992 films House Party 2, Juice, and Jungle Fever. She had her own talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, from 1999 to 2001. She also had recurring roles during the second season (1991-1992) of the NBC hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.She made a guest role as herself on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper in 1993.Latifah appeared in the 1996 box-office hit, Set It Off and subsequently had a supporting role in the Holly Hunter film Living Out Loud (1998). She played the role of Thelma in the 1999 movie adaptation of Jeffrey Deavers' The Bone Collector, alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Although she had already received some critical acclaim, she gained mainstream success after being cast as Matron "Mama" Morton in the Oscar-winning musical Chicago, the recipient of the Best Picture Oscar. Latifah received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role, but lost to co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones. Latifah is one of two hip-hop artists to receive an Academy Award nomination in an acting category (Best Supporting Actress, Chicago, 2002). The other is Will Smith (Best Actor, Ali, 2001, and Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006).

In 2003, she starred with Steve Martin in the film Bringing Down the House, which was a major success at the box office. She also recorded a song "Do Your Thing" for the soundtrack. Since then, she has had both leading and supporting roles in a multitude of films that received varied critical and box office receptions, including films such as Scary Movie 3, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Taxi, Kung Faux, Beauty Shop, and Hairspray. In early 2006, Latifah appeared in a romantic comedy/drama entitled Last Holiday. Film critic Richard Roeper stated that "this is the Queen Latifah performance I've been waiting for ever since she broke into movies". Also in 2006, Latifah voiced Ellie, a friendly mammoth, in the animated film, Ice Age: The Meltdown (her first voice appearance in an animated film), and also appeared in the drama Stranger Than Fiction.

She has starred in two movie remakes (Taxi and Last Holiday), five sequels (House Party 2, Scary Movie 3, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), one spinoff (Beauty Shop), two movies based on books (The Bone Collector and The Secret Life of Bees) and two screen adaptations of musicals (Chicago and Hairspray). The summer of 2007 brought Latifah triple success in the big-screen version of the Broadway smash hit Hairspray, in which she acted, sang, and danced. The film rated highly with critics. It starred, among others, John Travolta (Grease), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust), Allison Janney (Juno), James Marsden (Enchanted) and Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can). Also in 2007, she portrayed an HIV-positive woman in the film Life Support, a role for which she garnered her first Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination. For her work, Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker, on January 4, 2006, located at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

Latifah produced the 2007 film The Perfect Holiday. In addition to producing the film, Latifah starred alongside Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Charles Q. Murphy, Jill Marie Jones, and Faizon Love. In 2008, Latifah appeared in the crime comedy Mad Money opposite Academy Award-winner Diane Keaton as well as Katie Holmes and Ted Danson. She appeared on Saturday Night Live on October 4, 2008, as moderator Gwen Ifill impersonator in a comedic sketch depicting the recent vice-presidential debate. In 2009, Latifah was a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards, presenting the segment honoring film professionals who had died during 2008 and singing "I'll Be Seeing You" during the montage. Latifah spoke at Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles.

Books

Latifah wrote an autobiography, which was published in 1999 by Harper Collins - Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman (ISBN 0688156231)

Products and endorsements

Latifah is a celebrity spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics, Curvation ladies underwear, Pizza Hut and Jenny Craig. She represents her own line of cosmetics for women of color called the CoverGirl Queen Collection and has starred in several commercials for the line, as well as a commercial with fellow spokeswoman and singer Faith Hill. In time for the 2009 holiday season, she has launched a perfume line called "Queen".

Personal life

Raised in East Orange, New Jerseymarker, she has been a resident of Colts Neck, New Jerseymarker. Latifah's older brother Lancelot Jr. was killed in 1992 in an accident involving a motorcycle that Latifah had recently bought him. Latifah still wears the key to the motorcycle around her neck, which can be seen throughout her performance in her sitcom Living Single. She also dedicated Black Reign to him. In 1993, Latifah was the victim of a carjacking, which also resulted in the shooting of a friend. In 1996 she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a loaded handgun. In her 1999 autobiography, Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman, Latifah discussed how her brother's death led to a bout of depression and drug abuse, from which she later recovered.

In early 2003, Latifah had breast reduction surgery to relieve back pain. She also works out with a trainer and kickboxes.

Latifah appeared in advertisements in January 2009 for Jenny Craig chronicling her weight loss while on the diet. She was hired as the new spokesperson due to her 35 pound loss on the Jenny Craig program.

Latifah was asked by Maya Angelou, who was unable to attend, to recite a poem written by Angelou at the memorial service for Michael Jackson in July 2009.

Latifah stated in an Essence magazine interview that she was sexually abused as a child by a teenage babysitter.

Discography

Studio albums



Compilations



Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Jungle Fever Lashawn
House Party 2 Zora
1992 Juice Ruffhouse M.C.
1996 Set It Off Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1997 Hoodlum Sulie
1998 Living Out Loud Liz Bailey Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sphere Alice "Teeny" Fletcher
1999 The Bone Collector Thelma Nominated — Black Reel Award for Theatrical - Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2002 Chicago Matron "Mama" Morton Black Reel Award for Theatrical - Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role






Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio Dove (English voice)
Brown Sugar Francine
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2003 Scary Movie 3 Aunt Shaneequa
Bringing Down the House Charlene Morton Producer
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Box Office Movie
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Film - Best Actress
Nominated — Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress



BET Award for Favorite Actress
2004 Taxi Belle
The Cookout Security Guard (also producer)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Gina BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie
2005 Beauty Shop Gina Norris Producer
Nominated — BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film
Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Film - Best Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture



2006 Stranger Than Fiction Penny Escher
BET Award for Best Actress
Ice Age: The Meltdown Ellie Voice
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Last Holiday Georgia Byrd Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2007 Life Support Ana Producer
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead - Drama Series or Special
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Prism Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film






Hairspray Motormouth Maybelle Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Arctic Tale Narrator
The Perfect Holiday Mrs. Christmas Producer
2008 Mad Money Nina Brewster
What Happens in Vegas... Dr. Twitchell
The Secret Life of Bees August Boatwright Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture


2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Ellie Voice
BET Awards - herself with Mary Mary (God In Me)
2010 Valentine's Day Erin
Just Wright Leslie Wright Producer
Hairspray 2: White Lipstick Motormouth Maybelle


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