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Dana Elaine Owens
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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 Jr. - Brother
Rita Owens - Mother
Lancelot Owens - Father
Queen Latifah Awards:
1995 Grammy: Best Female Rap Solo Performance - Winner
2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2002 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
2002 BAFTA Film Awards: Best 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
2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
2014 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Talk Show Host - Winner
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
Attended Manhattan Community College, New York, NY
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