Queen Latifah

Highest Rated: 100% United Skates (2018)
Lowest Rated: 0% Pinocchio (2002)
Birthday: Mar 18, 1970
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
One of the most prominent female hip-hoppers of the 1990s thanks to her soulful and uplifting rhymes, Queen Latifah has also crafted an increasingly successful screen presence.Born Dana Owens in Newark, NJ, on March 18, 1970, this police officer's daughter worked at Burger King before joining the group Ladies Fresh as a human beatbox. Disgusted at the misogynistic, male-dominated rap scene, Owens adapted the moniker of Queen Latifah (meaning delicate and sensitive in Arabic) and was soon on her way to changing the way many people looked at hip hop. Soon gaining a loyal following due to her unique perspective and role model-inspiring attitude, Latifah recorded the single "Wrath of My Madness" in 1988 and the following year she released her debut album, All Hail the Queen. Making her feature debut three short years later in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, Latifah began refining a screen persona that would be equally adept in both drama and comedy. After starring as magazine editor Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single (1993-1998) and landing increasingly prominent film roles in Set It Off (1996), Living Out Loud (1998), and The Bone Collector (1999), she was given her own personal televised outlet in the form of The Queen Latifah Show in 1999. Losing her brother in a motorcycle accident in 1995 (she still wears the motorbike's key around her neck) in addition to grieving a friend who was shot when the two were carjacked the same year, Latifah has persisted in overcoming tragedy to remain positive and creative. The talented songstress has also appeared as both the Wicked Witch of the West (1998's The Wizard of Oz) and Glenda the Good (The O.Z. in 2002), in addition to remaining an innovative and inspiring recording artist. In 2003, Latifah hit a watershed moment in her career and in the public perception of her image: she signed to portray Matron Mama Morton in Rob Marshall's bold cinematization of the Bob Fosse musical Chicago. For Latifah, the turn embodied a breakthrough to end all breakthroughs - it dramatically reshaped the artist's image from that of a hip-hop singer turned actress to that of a multitalented, one-woman powerhouse with astonishing gifts in every arena of performance - voice, drama and dance. Latifah deservedly netted an Oscar nomination for this role, but lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played Velma Kelly in the same film.Later that same year, the multifaceted singer/actress took a dramatic step down in ambition and sophistication, joining Steve Martin for the odd couple comedy Bringing Down the House. That farce tells the occasionally rollicking story of a hyper-anal white lawyer (Martin) who attempts to "hook up" with a barrister he meets online, but discovers that she is (surprise!) actually a slang-tossing black prison escapee with a mad taste for hip hop dancing (Latifah). Ironically - given the seemingly foolproof and ingenious premise - the film collapsed, thanks in no small part to an awkward and craven screenplay that fails to see the logic of its situations through to fruition, and wraps with a ludicrous denouement. The film did score with viewers, despite devastating reviews from critics across the country. (If nothing else, the picture offers the uproarious sight of Martin in hip-hop attire, and does celebrate Latifah's everpresent message of much-deserved respect for black women). Latifah's onscreen activity skyrocketed over the following half-decade, with an average of around 5-7 roles per year. One of her most popular efforts, Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), constitutes a sequel to the urban comedy-drama Barbershop (2002). The original picture (without Latifah in the cast) concerned the proprietors and patrons of a (mostly) all-black barbershop on the south side of Chicago, with seriocomic lead characters portrayed by Ice-T, Cedric the Entertainer and others. In the second Barbershop go-round, Latifah plays Gina, the owner of an inner-city beauty parlor who operates her business ne

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% United Skates Actor 2018
91% Girls Trip Sasha $115.1M 2017
67% Flint Iza Banks 2017
17% Ice Age: Collision Course Ellie $64.1M 2016
No Score Yet The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Ellie 2016
44% Miracles from Heaven Angela 2016
25% The Perfect Match Executive Producer $7.5M 2016
No Score Yet Secrets of Emily Blair Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Brotherly Love Executive Producer $46.8K 2015
No Score Yet November Rule Executive Producer 2015
89% Bessie Executive Producer Bessie Smith 2015
91% The Wiz Live! The Wiz 2015
No Score Yet House Of Bodies Actor Producer Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Percentage Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Actor 2013
37% Ice Age: Continental Drift Ellie $161.4M 2012
No Score Yet Street Dogs Of South Central Actor 2012
31% Joyful Noise Vi Rose Hill Executive Producer $29.1M 2012
No Score Yet Steel Magnolias (2012) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Hairspray 2 Actor 2012
No Score Yet Steel Magnolias M'Lynn Executive Producer 2012
24% The Dilemma Susan Warner $48.5M 2011
45% Just Wright Producer Leslie Wright $21.6M 2010
18% Valentine's Day Paula Thomas $110.6M 2010
45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) Ellie $124.7M 2009
59% The Secret Life of Bees August Boatwright $37.7M 2008
26% What Happens in Vegas Dr. Twitchell $80.2M 2008
21% Mad Money Nina Brewster $20.6M 2008
16% The Perfect Holiday Narrator Mrs. Christmas Producer $5.9M 2007
61% Arctic Tale Narrator $0.6M 2007
6% Who's Your Caddy? Executive Producer $5.6M 2007
91% Hairspray Motormouth Maybelle $118.9M 2007
72% Stranger Than Fiction Penny Escher $40.2M 2006
No Score Yet Life Support Executive Producer Ana Wallace 2006
58% The Hip Hop Project Executive Producer 2006
57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Ellie $195.4M 2006
56% Last Holiday Georgia Byrd $38.4M 2006
38% The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Auntie Em 2005
38% Beauty Shop Producer Gina Norris $36.4M 2005
No Score Yet Queen Latifah: Unauthorized Actor 2005
9% Taxi Belle 2004
5% The Cookout Executive Producer Screenwriter Security Officer Producer $11.6M 2004
No Score Yet Let the Church Say Amen Executive Producer 2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street: What's the Name of That Song Actor 2004
69% Barbershop 2: Back in Business Gina $65M 2004
35% Scary Movie 3 Aunt ShaNeequa/The Oracle 2003
34% Bringing Down the House Executive Producer Charlene Morton 2003
85% Chicago Matron `Mama' Morton 2002
0% Pinocchio The Dove [U.S. Version] $3.7M 2002
66% Brown Sugar Francine $27.2M 2002
30% The Country Bears Cha-Cha $16.9M 2002
44% Mama Africa: Growing Up Urban Host 2002
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Midge 2002
No Score Yet Brandy: The Videos Actor 2000
71% Bringing Out the Dead Actor 1999
No Score Yet Mama Flora's Family Diana 1999
No Score Yet Bob Marley - One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute Concert Actor 1999
59% Living Out Loud Liz Bailey 1998
12% Sphere Fletcher 1998
No Score Yet Breaking Out - The Alcatraz Concert Live! Actor 1998
43% Hoodlum Sulie 1997
64% Set It Off Cleo 1996
42% My Life Theresa 1993
50% Who's the Man? Herself 1993
77% Juice Ruffhouse M.C. 1992
21% House Party 2 Zora 1991
81% Jungle Fever Lashawn 1991

TV

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No Score Yet Star
2016
Carlotta
  • 2019
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
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  • 2017
  • 2015
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No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
2016
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
88% Empire
2015
Carlotta Brown
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Harry
2016
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
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No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest Performer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Performer
  • 2016
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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2016
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No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Aunt Esther Jean Johnson
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
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  • 2007
  • 2003
  • 2000
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Regina Bookman
  • 2010
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2010
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Herself
  • 2010
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices
2009
Narrator
  • 2009
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Performer
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest Appearing Performer
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
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No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003-2018
Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2006
66% Spin City
1996-2002
Robin
  • 2001
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
`Kay' Khadijah James Khadijah/Flo
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
83% The Critic
1994-1995
Voice
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Marissa Redman Dee-Dee
  • 1991

QUOTES FROM Queen Latifah CHARACTERS