Queen Latifah

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Queen Latifah

Born

3/18/1970, Newark, New Jersey

Birth Name

Dana Elaine Owens

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Queen Latifah was born on March 18, 1970 at 7:02 am in Newark, New Jersey. She is currently an actress, an author, a singer/rapper, a model for Cover Girl, and a spokeswoman for Curvation and Pizza Hut. She has relased 6 CDs. She has made over 25 movies…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Producers of the USA Network Show Monk originally considered offering the role of Sharona Fleming to Queen Latifah. The role was played by Bitty Schram.

    • On January 27, 2008, Queen Latifah won the Screen Actors Guild award in the "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" category for her performance in Life Support.

    • On January 13, 2008, Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe Award in the "Actress In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie" category for her performance in Life Support.

    • In July 2007, it was revealed Queen Latifah planned to open her 'Fat Burger'. The first restaurant, one of a franchise, will be built in South Beach, Miami.

    • She has stated in an interview with AOL that her first musical interest was to be a singer, not a rapper.

    • With Last Holiday (2006), she becomes the first woman to share a role with Sir Alec Guinness.

    • She appears in the Aaliyah tribute video "Miss You".

    • Queen Latifah does voice-overs on the Pizza Hut commercials.

    • Her Grammy award winning song samples "Message From The Inner City" by The Crusaders.

    • Queen Latifah won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Rap Solo Performance : "U.N.I.T.Y."

    • Queen Latifah is of African American descent.

    • In 2004, Queen Latifah released her first Non-rap album titled "The Dana Owens Album" which shows off her talents as a singer as well.

    • She appears in Notorious B.I.G.s video "One More Chance".

    • Queen Latifah quit smoking after she saw The Oprah Winfrey Show guest Dr Mehmet Oz demonstrate the effects of cigarettes.

    • She became the first hip-hop artist honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [4 January 2006]

    • DJ Tocadisco's song "Nobody (Likes The Records That I Play)" is based on a sample from the film Juice (1992) spoken by Queen Latifah.

    • She was nicknamed "Latifah" (Arabic for delicate and sensitive) by a cousin while she was in her teens.

    • She was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performances in the films Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), The Cookout (2004), and Taxi (2004/I), however, she failed to receive a nomination.

    • She played power forward on the Irvington Public High School girls' basketball team and led them to two New Jersey state championships.

    • She was set to star in Monster's Ball (2001) with Robert De Niro and Sean Penn. Unfortunately, producers could not set up the film in time and it was delayed and recast. Her role went to Halle Berry, DeNiro's to Billy Bob Thornton, and Penn's to Heath Ledger.

    • She was ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

    • She is the first female rapper to be nominated for an Academy Award.

    • She had to coach her Bringing Down the House (2003) co-stars Steve Martin and Eugene Levy in hip-hop slang.

    • Her older brother Lance Owens, who was a police officer, died in an accident on the motorcycle Latifah bought for him as a present. She still wears the motorcycle key around her neck.

    • She was carjacked and a friend was shot. [July 1995]

    • On February 3, 1996, she got arrested for carrying a loaded pistol and marijuana. She got arrested for assaulting a photographer three days after.

    • When Queen Latifah was just three years old, she tripped over a phone cord while playing with her brother.

  • Quotes

    • Queen Latifah: If there are kids who want to follow in my footsteps, I'd say that my shoes are too big for them to fill! But their shoe size is just perfect. Always follow your own path. Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way. Surround yourself with positive people. To me, having a career is about being able to go to work every day without it feeling like work, because you love it so much.

    • Queen Latifah: I lost relatives to AIDS, a couple of my closest cousins. I lost friends to AIDS, high-school friends who never even made it to their 21st birthdays in the `80s. When it's that close to you, you can't really deny it, and you can't run from it. You have to become a forum.

    • Queen Latifah: We had a blast. I can't even remember having this much fun making a movie. It was challenging, of course, but it was wonderful.

    • Queen Latifah: It just means I don't have to go far to get home from the premiere. My whole family is here, so it's wonderful. I can celebrate with Jersey for a change.

    • Queen Latifah: Bob Johnson had the vision to create a network for us when nobody else was.

    • Queen Latifah: This is the best tour, man, and it's all women! ... I wanted to do this because I was excited about playing to a different audience than I might normally play to at a hip-hop show. The vibes are right.

    • Queen Latifah: I think the reason I am here is to inspire African-American women who are rappers, full-figured women to know that they can do it too.

    • Queen Latifah: You know, it's always going to be a fight. I feel honored to represent for my folks ... I'm glad [the voters] opened their eyes just a little bit.

    • Queen Latifah: Don't you want to know what's real and what's not? I remember when I was a kid, you know, this whole Cold War thing. They had us scared of the Russians. So, it's almost like, what's real and what's not?

    • Queen Latifah: I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female.

    • Queen Latifah: I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences... I'm human, not perfect, like anybody else.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Oh Happy Day

    10
    Happy Birthday to a true Queen. Your show is so refreshing. I have enjoyed watching you over the years and I am very glad for your successful transition to day time TV. YOU ROCK! I wanted to send you something for your birthday, but I not sure you are going to get it, so I will investigate how I can accomplish that and send it, God Bless you always. You are a 10 in my book. V. Whitemoreless
  • Oscar Nomination.... I dont think so...!

    1.9
    I cannot believe Queen Latifah has been nominated for an Oscar (Well Three 6 Mafia received one, so its kinda hard to take the Oscars seriously)...!! Miss Latifah is nothing but an under average actress, who should stay in bad comedies and crap shows like \\\"Living Single\\\"(Man, that was bad!!)...



    And to top it of; she is quite annoying... She is all about the street and she just annoys the hell out of me... I hope she will never get an Oscar nomination again (Together with Three 6 Mafia), and she should leave the Oscars to great persons like Morgan Freeman, Sally Field, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, who actually can act...



    Just keep taking roles like the one in Taxi, because then Im sure we will never see you again at the Oscars...:)moreless
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