Queen Latifah

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Dana Elaine Owens
  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/18/1970, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor; singer; rapper
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Queen Latifah Fast Facts:
  • As a teen, was nicknamed "Latifah," an Arabic word meaning delicate or sensitive, by a cousin.
  • Won two state championships as a forward on her high school basketball team.
  • Released her debut album, All Hail the Queen, in 1989.
  • Made her big-screen debut in 1991 in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever.
  • Is co-chairperson of the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Fund, founded in memory of her brother Lancelot, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. The fund awards scholarships to economically challenged students.
  • Was the big winner of a 2000 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire celebrity week, earning $250,000, which she donated to her brother's charity.
  • Fulfilled a promise to a 16-year-old South Carolina girl who quit school after being harassed for being overweight, accompanying the girl to class when she agreed to return to school.
  • Has her own line of CoverGirl cosmetics created for women of color.
  • Queen Latifah Relationships:
  • Lancelot Owens - Father
  • Lancelot Owens Jr. - Brother
  • Rita Owens - Mother
  • Queen Latifah Awards:
  • 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2002 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1995 Grammy: Best Female Rap Solo Performance - Winner
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 2002 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Winner
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2014 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Talk Show Host - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Manhattan Community College, New York, NY

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