Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Mar. 18th, 1970
Born in
Newark, New Jersey, USA
5' 10"

Queen Latifah's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Living Single TV Show
Living Single
The Queen Latifah Show TV Show
The Queen Latifah Show
People's Choice Awards TV Show
People's Choice Awards
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons TV Show
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
VH1 Divas TV Show
VH1 Divas
Bessie TV Show
Tinseltown TV (UK) TV Show
Tinseltown TV (UK)
Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices TV Show
Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices

Main Movie Roles

2014 - 22 Jump Street
2012 - Ice Age: Continental Drift
2012 - Joyful Noise
2011 - The Dilemma
2010 - Just Wright
2009 - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2008 - What Happens in Vegas...
2008 - Mad Money
2007 - Hairspray
2007 - The Perfect Holiday
2007 - Arctic Tale
2006 - Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
2006 - Last Holiday
2005 - Beauty Shop
2004 - Barbershop 2: Back in Business
2004 - The Cookout
2004 - Taxi
2003 - Scary Movie 3
2003 - Bringing Down the House
2002 - Brown Sugar
2002 - The Country Bears
2002 - Chicago
2002 - Pinocchio
1999 - The Bone Collector
1998 - Sphere
1998 - Living Out Loud
1997 - Hoodlum
1996 - Set It Off
1993 - Who's the Man?
1993 - My Life
1992 - Juice
1991 - Jungle Fever
1991 - House Party 2

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Sharon Love
Herself - Guest
Herself - Host
Robin Jones
Herself - Performer
Herself - Guest
Herself - Musical Guest
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
[Complete List]


Hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker is Dana Owens, who was born on March 18th, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. 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 early commitment to answer the misogynist armory of some of her male counterparts and, at the same time, imparted musical good times to all genders. Her name means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic, but she has often been anything but in her rhymes and the messages she sends out through them. One of the most prominent female hip-hop artists on the scene for over a decade, Queen Latifah has also made tremendous inroads in movies, television, and artist management, with her management company, Flavor Unit, alongside her business partner Shakim Compere. A role model who takes the responsibility to heart, Latifah carefully constructed a fine career for herself--one that is constantly moving upward.

  • She was nicknamed "Latifah" (Arabic for delicate and sensitive) by a cousin while she was in her teens.
  • She won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Solo Rap Performance for "U.N.I.T.Y."
  • (6 Feb 1996) Arrested for assaulting a photographer.
  • 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.
  • Of all her roles to date (2008), her personal favorite is Cleopatra Sims from _Set It Off (1996)_ (qv).
  • DJ Tocadisco's song "Nobody (Likes The Records That I Play)" is based on a sample from the film _Juice (1992)_ (qv) spoken by Queen Latifah.
  • Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 264, pages 284-285. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008.
  • (3 Feb 1996) Arrested for carrying a loaded pistol & marijuana.

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