Queen Latifah



Real Name : Dana Elaine Owens

Born: 18/03/1970 (47 yo)
Birth place: Newark, New Jersey (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Singer , Actress, TV Host, Journalist...



Summary


Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer and talk show hostess. She has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists. Her 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.



Biography


Latifah was born in Newark, New Jersey, and lived primarily in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (née Bray), a teacher at Irvington High School (Latifah's alma mater) and Lancelot Owens, Sr., a police officer. Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten. Latifah was raised in the Baptist faith and attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Her stage name, Latifah, meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, she found in an Islamic book of names when she was eight. Always a tall girl, the 5'10" Latifah was a power forward on her high school women's basketball team. She performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play. She is of African American and Native American ancestry.

Music career

Beginning (1988–1989)

She started beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was one of the members of the original version 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".

Rapping (1989–2002)

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, which was released by Motown Records. Latifah was also a member of the hip hop collective Native Tongues.

Singing (2003–2007)

After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted primarily to singing 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 Bowl 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, which was billed as the Queen Latifah Orchestra. Latifah performed new arrangements of standards including "California Dreaming", first made popular by 1960s icons The Mamas & the Papas. Later in 2007, Latifah released an album titled 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 NJPAC Jubilation Choir, recorded the title track on the album Oh, Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration, covering the song that the Edwin Hawkins Singers made popular in 1969.

Return to hip hop (2008–present)

In 2008, Latifah was asked if she would make another hip-hop album. She was quoted saying the album was done already 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. The following year, in 2009, she released her album Persona. The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single. She also has a song with Missy Elliott. 2011 saw Queen Latifah sing "Who Can I Turn To" in a duet with Tony Bennett for his album "Duets II". In January 2012, while appearing on 106 & Park with Dolly Parton, to promote Joyful Noise, Latifah stated that she had been working on a new album.

Film and television

Early career (1991–2001)

From 1993–1998, Latifah had a starring role on Living Single, a Fox sitcom, which gained high ratings among black audiences; she also wrote and performed its theme music. Her mother Rita played her mother on-screen. 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 The Bone Collector, alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

Mainstream success (2002–present)

Although Latifah had previously received some critical acclaim, she gained mainstream success after being cast as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago, a musical film that subsequently won the Best Picture Academy Award. Latifah herself received the Oscar nomination Best Supporting Actress for her role, but lost to co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones. Latifah is one of three hip-hop artists to receive an Academy Award nomination in an acting category. The others are Will Smith (Best Actor, Ali, 2001, and Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006), and Jamie Foxx, (Best Actor, Ray, 2004).

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 appeared in the drama Stranger Than Fiction.

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, Michelle Pfeiffer, Allison Janney, James Marsden, Christopher Walken, and Zac Efron. 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 Fame, 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. She also hosted the 2010 People's Choice Awards. Latifah sang America the Beautiful at Super Bowl XLIV hosted in Miami, Florida on February 7, 2010, with Carrie Underwood. Latifah hosted the 2010 BET Awards on June 27, 2010. She starred with Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise (2012).

In June 2011, Latifah received an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.

On September 16th 2013 Latifah is set to begin her own syndicated daytime television show titled The Queen Latifah Show.

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. Latifah has also launched a perfume line called "Queen" and "Queen of Hearts."

Personal life

Raised in East Orange, New Jersey, she has been a resident of Colts Neck, New Jersey; Wayne, New Jersey; and Beverly Hills, California.

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.

Family tragedies

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 her 1999 autobiography, Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman, Latifah discussed how her brother's death had led to a bout of depression and drug abuse, from which she later recovered. In 1995, Latifah was the victim of a carjacking, which also resulted in the shooting of her boyfriend, Sean Moon.

Legal issues

In 1996, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a loaded handgun. In 2002, she was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County.  She was placed on three years' probation after being convicted.

Breast reduction surgery

In early 2003, Latifah had breast reduction surgery which downsized her F size breasts to a DD cup size, as a way to reduce back and shoulder pain. She also works out with a trainer and kickboxes.



Websites & Social Networks


queenlatifah.com
twitter.com/IAMQUEENLATIFAH
www.facebook.com/QueenLatifah


Discography:

  • 1989: All Hail the Queen
  • 1991: Nature of a Sista
  • 1993: Black Reign
  • 1998: Order in the Court
  • 2004: The Dana Owens Album
  • 2007: Trav'lin' Light
  • 2009: Persona

 

Television film & series

  • 1991      The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air        
  • 1993–98 Living Single      
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (1996–98)
Nominated — Blimp Award for Favorite Television Actress (1995–96)
  • 1998      Mama Flora's Family
  • 2001      Spin City
  • 2002      Living with the Dead     

          Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film          

  • 2004      Eve       
  • 2004      The Fairly Oddparents
  • 2005      The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
  • 2007      Life Support      
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
  • 2008      Sweet Blackberry Presents       
  • 2008      Entourage         
  • 2010      30 Rock               
  • 2011–present   Single Ladies     
  • 2012      Let's Stay Together       
  • 2012      Steel Magnolias

 

Filmography:

  • 1991    Jungle Fever  
  • 1991    House Party 2                        
  • 1992    Juice               
  • 1993    Who's the Man?        
  • 1993    My Life                     
  • 1996    Set It Off
American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 1997    Hoodlum       
  • 1998    Living Out Loud       
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 1998    Sphere                        
  • 1999    The Bone Collector
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Theatrical – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 1999    Bringing Out the Dead                     
  • 2002    Chicago         
BET Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Awards 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 — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
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
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Movie Breakout Star

 

  • 2002    Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio
  • 2002    Brown Sugar Francine         
BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 2002    The Country Bears                
  • 2003    Scary Movie 3           
  • 2003    Bringing Down the House    
BET Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Comedy
Nominated — BET Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Box Office Movie
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Missi Pyle)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Eugene Levy)
  • 2004    Taxi    
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
  • 2004    The Cookout  
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BET Award for Outstanding Writing for a Theatrical Film
  • 2005    Barbershop 2: Back in Business
BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Comedy
  • 2005    Beauty Shop  
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BET 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
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Rap Artist in a Movie
  • 2006    Stranger than Fiction
  • 2006    Ice Age: The Meltdown        
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
  • 2006    Last Holiday  
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
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
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Movies - Choice Actress: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Movies - Choice Liplock (shared with LL Cool J)
  • 2007    Hairspray       
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Ensemble Cast Award
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song
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
  • 2007    The Perfect Holiday  
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
  • 2008    Mad Money   
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actress
  • 2008    What Happens in Vegas...    
  • 2008    The Secret Life of Bees        
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      
  • 2010    Valentine's Day         
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Movie Actress Romantic Comedy
  • 2010    Just Wright    
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Original or Adapted Song (for the song "Champion")
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Movie Actress Romantic Comedy
  • 2011    The Dilemma            
  • 2012    Ice Age: Continental Drift    
  • 2012    Joyful Noise              
  • 2013    House of Bodies

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