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Sanaa Lathan

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Fast Facts

  • Sanaa is Swahili for "work of art
  • " Her father, Stan Lathan, directed series including Sanford and Son, Barney Miller and Hill Street Blues; her mother, Eleanor McCoy, was a New York stage actress and dancer
  • Began her acting career with guest roles on TV shows including Family Matters, NYPD Blue and In the House
  • Received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for 2000's Love & Basketball
  • Gained 20 pounds for her role in the 2000 TV-movie Disappearing Acts
  • In 2004, starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, opposite Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad
  • She received a Tony nomination for her performance
  • Provides the voice of Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show


  • 2006Women Film Critics Circle-Best Female Images in a Movie: winner
  • 2006Black Reel Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated