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Queen Latifah Biography

Birth Name:
Dana Elaine Owens
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor, singer, rapper

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

Awards

  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2014People's Choice Awards-Favorite New Talk Show Host: winner
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003NAACP Image Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated

Relationships