Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

  • Birthday: 1970-03-18
  • Place of birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Also know as: Dana Owens

Biography

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, actress, and singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen on November 28, 1989, featuring the hit single "Ladies First". Nature of a Sista' (1991) was her second and final album with Tommy Boy Records. Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the Fox sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998. Her third album, Black Reign (1993), became the first album by a solo female rapper to receive a RIAA certification, and spawned the single "U.N.I.T.Y.", which was influential in raising awareness of violence against women and the objectification of Black female sexuality. The record won a Grammy Award and peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, on June 16, 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah garnered acclaim with her role of Matron "Mama" Morton in the musical film Chicago (2002), receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah released her fifth album The Dana Owens Album in 2004. In 2007 and 2009, she released two more studio albums – Trav'lin' Light and Persona. She created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show, which ran from 1999 to 2001, and again from 2013 to 2015, in syndication. She has appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House (2003), Taxi (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2005), Beauty Shop (2005), Last Holiday (2006), Hairspray (2007), Joyful Noise (2012), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Girls Trip (2017) and provided voice work in the Ice Age film series. Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. From 2016 to 2019, she starred as Carlotta Brown in the musical drama series Star. In 2020, she portrayed Hattie McDaniel in the miniseries Hollywood. Queen Latifah has been referred to as the "Queen of Rap" by several media articles, as well as "rap's first feminist". Latifah became the first hip hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2006). Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and an Academy Award nomination. Description above from the Wikipedia article Queen Latifah, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Filmography

Arctic Tale

2007

As Narrator

Taxi

2004

As Isabelle 'Belle' Williams

Beauty Shop

2005

As Gina Norris

Just Wright

2010

As Leslie Wright

Joyful Noise

2012

As Vi Rose Hill

Last Holiday

2006

As Georgia Byrd

Life Support

2007

As Ana

Steel Magnolias

2012

As M'Lynn

Bessie

2015

As Bessie Smith

Mama Africa

2002

As Host

Bringing Down the House

2003

As Charlene Morton

Mad Money

2008

As Nina Brewster

Set It Off

1996

As Cleo

The Secret Life of Bees

2008

As August Boatwright

House of Bodies

2013

As Nicole

Girls Trip

2017

As Sasha Franklin

Flint

2017

As Iza Banks

End of the Road

0000

As Brenda

The Bone Collector

1999

As Thelma

Living Out Loud

1998

As Liz Bailey

The Wiz Live!

2015

As The Wiz

Hustle

2022

As Teresa Sugerman

The Tiger Rising

2022

As Willie May

Ice Age: The Meltdown

2006

As Ellie (voice)

Chicago

2002

As Matron Mama Morton

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

2009

As Ellie (voice)

My Life

1993

As Theresa

Brown Sugar

2002

As Francine

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

2011

As Ellie (voice)

Ice Age: Collision Course

2016

As Ellie (voice)

Stranger Than Fiction

2006

As Penny Escher

The Dilemma

2011

As Dana

House Party 2

1991

As Zora

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade

2016

As Ellie (voice)

Sphere

1998

As Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher

Juice

1992

As Ruffhouse M.C.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

2012

As Ellie (voice)

Hairspray

2007

As Motormouth Maybelle

Teach

2013

As Self

The Trap

2019

As Dr. Obayuwana

Miracles from Heaven

2016

As Angela Bradford

The Cookout

2004

As Security Guard

Talking to Heaven

2002

As Midge Harmon

Hoodlum

1997

As Sulie

What Happens in Vegas

2008

As Dr. Twitchell

You're Watching Video Music Box

2021

As Self (archive footage)

Scary Movie 3

2003

As Aunt Shaneequa / The Oracle

Who's the Man?

1993

As Herself

Bringing Out the Dead

1999

As Dispatcher Love (Voice)

Michael Jackson Memorial

2009

As Herself

Valentine's Day

2010

As Paula Thomas

The Country Bears

2002

As Cha-Cha

The Perfect Holiday

2007

As Mrs. Christmas

The Earth Day Special

1990

As Herself

22 Jump Street

2014

As Mrs. Dickson (uncredited)

Jungle Fever

1991

As Lashawn

Production

Bringing Down the House

2003

As Executive Producer

Brotherly Love

2015

As Executive Producer

Just Wright

2010

As Producer

Joyful Noise

2012

As Executive Producer

The Secrets of Emily Blair

2016

As Executive Producer

Percentage

2013

As Executive Producer

Who's Your Caddy?

2007

As Executive Producer

Romeo and Juliet

0000

As Producer

Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Mom

2019

As Executive Producer

End of the Road

0000

As Producer

Beauty Shop

2005

As Producer

The Cookout

2004

As Producer

The Tiger Rising

2022

As Executive Producer

Bessie

2015

As Executive Producer

House of Bodies

2013

As Executive Producer

Taxi

2004

As Music Consultant

The Cookout

2004

As Story

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