Queen Latifah Biography
Queen Latifah born Dana Elaine Owens, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, television producer, record producer, and talk show host.
Owens attended Essex Catholic Girls’ High School in Irvington but graduated from Irvington High School. Latifah was raised in the Baptist faith and attended a Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey.
She performed the number “Home” from the musical The Wiz in a grammar school play. She started beatboxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was an original member of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ King Gemini, who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah’s rap Princess of the Posse. He gave the recording to Fab 5 Freddy, the host of Yo! MTV Raps. The song got the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who signed Latifah and in 1988 issued her first single, “Wrath of My Madness”. Nature of a Sista (1991) was her second and final album with Tommy Boy Records.
Latifah released her fifth album The Dana Owens Albumin 2004. In 2007 and 2009, she released two more studio albums – Trav’lin’ Light and Persona. She created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show, which ran from late 2013 to early 2015 on CBS.
Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. Her third album Black Reign (1993), spawned the single “U.N.I.T.Y.”, which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago (2002), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She has appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House (2003), Taxi (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2005), Beauty Shop (2005), Last Holiday (2006), Hairspray (2007), Joyful Noise (2012), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Girls Trip (2017). Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. Since 2016, she has starred as Carlotta Brown in the musical drama series Star.
Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Latifah’s work in music, film, and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, an Academy Award nomination and sales of over two million records.
Latifah is a celebrity spokesperson for Cover Girl cosmetics, Curvation ladies underwear, Pizza Hut, and Jenny Craig. She represents her own line of cosmetics for women of color called the Cover Girl Queen Collection. Latifah has also launched a perfume line called “Queen” and “Queen of Hearts”.
Queen Latifah Age
She was born on March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey to Rita and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She was raised in East Orange, New Jersey,USA.
Queen Latifah Real Name
Queen Latifah’s real name is Dana Elaine Owens.
Queen Latifah Boyfriend
She has been in a relationship with Kendu Isaacs (1992 – 2001), with Jeanette Jenkins for 9 years up to 2011, and with Ebony Nicholas since 2011.
Queen Latifah Kids – Queen Latifah Children
Queen Latifah is ready to start a family. The actress opened up about her desire to become a mother during the Television Critics Association panels for the Lee Daniels – produced Fox show on August 8, 2017. Back in 2012, she appeared on The View and told Barbara Walters that she was looking into adoption.
Queen Latifah Husband
She is not married yet.
Queen Latifah Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $60 million as of 2015.
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Queen Latifah Height
She stands at 5-foot-10-inch (1.78 m).
Queen Latifah Albums
- All Hail the Queen – 1989
- Nature of a Sista – 1991
- Black Reign – 1993
- Order in the Court – 1998
- The Dana Owens Album – 2004
- Trav’lin’ Light – 2007
- Persona – 2009
Queen Latifah Songs
- Just Another Day
- Ladies First
- I Know Where I’ve Been
- When You’re Good To Mama
- Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here
- He’s Everything
- How Do I Love Thee
- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
- Wrath of My Madness
- Come Into My House
- You Can’t Stop the Beat
- Go Head
- California Dreamin’
- Big Blonde And Beautiful
- Princess of the Posse
- Weekend Love
- Fix Me, Jesus,
- Come So Far
- Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children
- Black Hand Side
- It’s Alright
- Hello Stranger
- Name Callin’
- Dance for Me
- Simply Beautiful
- Poetry Man
- Winki’s Theme
- I Put a Spell on You
- Trav’lin’ Light
Queen Latifah Movies and TV Shows
Queen Latifah Movies
- Girls Trip – (2017)
- Miracles from Heaven – (2016)
- Ice Age: Collision Course – (2016)
- 22 Jump Street – (2014)
- House of Bodies – (2013)
- Ice Age: Continental Drift – (2012)
- Joyful Noise – (2012)
- The Dilemma – (2011)
- Valentine’s Day – (2010)
- Just Wright – (2010)
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – (2009)
- Mad Money – (2008)
- What Happens in Vegas… – (2008)
- The Secret Life of Bees – (2008)
- Hairspray – (2007)
- The Perfect Holiday – (2007)
- Stranger than Fiction – (2006)
- Ice Age: The Meltdown – (2006)
- Last Holiday – (2006)
- Beauty Shop – (2005)
- Taxi – (2004)
- The Cookout – (2004)
- Barbershop 2: Back in Business – (2004)
- Bringing Down the House – (2003)
- Chicago – (2002)
- Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio – (2002)
- Brown Sugar – (2002)
- The Country Bears – (2002)
- The Bone Collector – (1999)
- Bringing Out the Dead – (1999)
- Living Out Loud – (1998)
- Sphere – (1998)
- Hoodlum – (1997)
- Set It Off – (1996)
- Who’s the Man? – (1993)
- My Life – (1993)
- Juice – (1992)
- Jungle Fever – (1991)
- House Party 2 – (1991)
- 2018 – Scream
- 2016–present – Star
- 2016 – Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
- 2014 – Hot In Cleveland
- 2013–2015 – The Queen Latifah Show
- 2012 – Let’s Stay Together
- 2011–2012 – Single Ladies
- 2011 – Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
- 2010 – Entourage
- 2010 – 30 Rock
- 2008 – Sweet Blackberry Presents
- 2005 – 47th Annual Grammy Awards
- 2004 – Eve
- 2004 – The Fairly Odd Parents
- 2001 – Spin City
- 1999–2001 – The Queen Latifah Show
- 1993–1998 – Living Single
- 1991 – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Queen Latifah Nominations And Awards
Latifah’s most acclaimed film role to date came in the 2002 hit musical ‘Chicago’, starring Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger. This movie received Academy Award in ‘Best Picture’ category. Her portrayal of prison matron Mama Morton gave her a chance to show off both her singing talents and acting skills.
For her work in the Chicago film, Latifah earned an Academy Award nomination for best-supporting actress. She lost to Chicago co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones.
She won prestigious Grammy Award for the first time in 1995 for her single ‘U.N.I.T.Y’. She also won ‘Sammy Davis Jr. Award’ for ‘Entertainer of the Year’.
For the role in ‘Life Support’ movie, she got her first Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Nomination.
In June 2011, she received an honorary doctorate degree in ‘Humane Letters’ from ‘Delaware State University’ in Dover, Delaware.