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Birth information

18 March 1970 Newark, New Jersey, USA

Given Name

Dana Elaine Owens

Nickname

Hip-Hop's First Lady

How tall is Queen Latifah?

1.78 m

Life Story of Queen Latifah

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. Her brother died in a motorcycle accident in 1992. Owens witnessed both sides of Black urban life in the USA while growing up. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music scene.

After working as the human beat box alongside Ladies Fresh, she was just 18 years old when she originally broke through in the late 1980s with a style that picked selectively from jazz, reggae, and soul traditions, from beats produced by 'D.J. Mark the 45 King'. Her debut single, "Wrath of My Madness," was released in 1988. A year later, her debut long-player, "All Hail the Queen," enjoyed favored reviews: an old, wise head was evident on the top of her young shoulders. The former Burger King employee maintained her...

How much money has Queen Latifah earned?

Chicago (2002) $325,000
Bringing Down the House (2003) $1,000,000
Beauty Shop (2005) $10,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah Ladies First: Revelations from a Strong Woman. 1999
Queen Latifah (with Samantha Marshall) Put On Your Crown - Life-Changing Moments On the Path to Queendom. 2010

What movies did Queen Latifah play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Paper Chase , The Tiger Rising , Scream: The TV Series (2019) , Star (2019) , The Trap (2019) , The Rap Game (2019) , Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms (2017) , The Best Place to Be (2017) , The Pop Game (2017) , The Secrets of Emily Blair (2016) , VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens (2016) , The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story (2016) , Curvy Style with Timothy Snell (2016) , The Art of Organized Noize (2016) , The Perfect Match (2016) , From the Bottom Up (2016) , Bessie...

Birth information

18 March 1970 Newark, New Jersey, USA

Given Name

Dana Elaine Owens

Nickname

Hip-Hop's First Lady

How tall is Queen Latifah?

1.78 m

Life Story of Queen Latifah

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. Her brother died in a motorcycle accident in 1992. Owens witnessed both sides of Black urban life in the USA while growing up. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music scene.

After working as the human beat box alongside Ladies Fresh, she was just 18 years old when she originally broke through in the late 1980s with a style that picked selectively from jazz, reggae, and soul traditions, from beats produced by 'D.J. Mark the 45 King'. Her debut single, "Wrath of My Madness," was released in 1988. A year later, her debut long-player, "All Hail the Queen," enjoyed favored reviews: an old, wise head was evident on the top of her young shoulders. The former Burger King employee maintained her...

How much money has Queen Latifah earned?

Chicago (2002) $325,000
Bringing Down the House (2003) $1,000,000
Beauty Shop (2005) $10,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah Ladies First: Revelations from a Strong Woman. 1999
Queen Latifah (with Samantha Marshall) Put On Your Crown - Life-Changing Moments On the Path to Queendom. 2010

What movies did Queen Latifah play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Paper Chase , The Tiger Rising , Scream: The TV Series (2019) , Star (2019) , The Trap (2019) , The Rap Game (2019) , Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms (2017) , The Best Place to Be (2017) , The Pop Game (2017) , The Secrets of Emily Blair (2016) , VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens (2016) , The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story (2016) , Curvy Style with Timothy Snell (2016) , The Art of Organized Noize (2016) , The Perfect Match (2016) , From the Bottom Up (2016) , Bessie...

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Queen Latifah and Condola Rashad in Steel Magnolias (2012)

Arrested for carrying a loaded handgun and marijuana on February 3, 1996.

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Was the victim of a carjacking, which also resulting in the shooting of her boyfriend, Sean Moon. [July 1995]

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Queen Latifah in Steel Magnolias (2012)

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.

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Co-founder of Flavor Unit Entertainment.

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Queen Latifah and Condola Rashad in Steel Magnolias (2012)

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

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Queen Latifah in Talking to Heaven (2002)

First female rapper to be nominated for an Academy Award.

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Ted Danson and Queen Latifah in Talking to Heaven (2002)

Ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

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Queen Latifah in Flint (2017)

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

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Queen Latifah in Muppets: Der Zauberer von Oz (2005)

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

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Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, and Eugene Levy in Haus über Kopf (2003)

She won a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Solo Rap Performance for "U.N.I.T.Y.".

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

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

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Queen Latifah in Chicago (2002)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 4, 2006.

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Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 264, pages 284-285. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

Of all her roles to date (2008), her personal favorite is Cleopatra Sims from Set It Off (1996).

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

Under her birth name, Dana Owens, Queen Latifah and her longtime personal trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, bought a 2,026-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom Los Angeles home together in late 2009. The list price for the property was $1,397,000.

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She told the audience at a 'Meet the Filmmaker' event at the Apple Store in Soho, New York, that her ideal first project as a director would either be a science fiction film or a project based on a comic book (May 11, 2010).

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Queen Latifah in Star (2016)

Was in attendance at the wedding of her The Secret Life of Bees (2008) co-star Alicia Keys to Swizz Beatz (July 31, 2010).

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Queen Latifah, Sharlene Taulé, Jude Demorest, and Brittany O'Grady in Star (2016)

She was inducted into the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

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Queen Latifah and Ryan Destiny in Star (2016)

Sang "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" with Tony Bennett on his album "Duets II" (2011), prompting Bennett to equate her with his old friend Ella Fitzgerald.

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Queen Latifah and Brittany O'Grady in Star (2016)

Took Kirstie Alley's place as spokeswoman for Jenny Craig. [January 2008]

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Resides in Colts Neck, New Jersey; Rumson, New Jersey and Beverly Hills, California.

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Queen Latifah and Tyrese Gibson in Star (2016)

Is one of 27 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Chicago (2002). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love for The Broadway Melody (1929), Grace Moore for One Night of Love (1934), Jean Hagen for Singin' in the Rain (1952), Marjorie Rambeau for Torch Song (1953), Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones (1954), Deborah Kerr for The King and I (1956), Rita Moreno for West Side Story (1961), Gladys Cooper for My Fair Lady (1964), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor Victoria (1982), Debbie Reynolds for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Peggy Wood for The Sound of Music (1965), Carol Channing for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Kay Medford for Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Ronee Blakley for Nashville (1975), Lily Tomlin for Nashville (1975), Ann-Margret for Tommy (1975), Lesley Ann Warren for Victor Victoria (1982), Amy Irving for Yentl (1983), Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago (2002), Renée Zellweger for Chicago (2002), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009), Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012), Meryl Streep for Into the Woods (2014), and Emma Stone for La La Land (2016).

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Queen Latifah in Star (2016)

First album she ever bought was Prince's "Purple Rain" (1984) that came with a poster she hung on her bedroom wall.

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Queen Latifah and Amiyah Scott in Star (2016)

Counts Timothy Snell as her favorite personal stylist.

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Queen Latifah, Big Boi, and Marcus Samuel in Star (2016)

Counts Boomerang (1992) and Forrest Gump (1994) among her favorite movies.

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Queen Latifah and Jude Demorest in Star (2016)

As a fledgling rapper in 1987, she was first introduced by 16-year-old Jada Pinkett Smith as the opening act for hip-hop group Public Enemy at Baltimore's Palladium club before she even had a record deal.

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