Queen Latifah

BirthDay:

18 Mar 1970

BirthPlace:

Newark, New Jersey, USA

BirthName:

Dana Elaine Owens

Bio:

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 Owens on March 18th, 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. 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 168 credits )

Girls Trip (2017)
War-Angel: The Awakening (2017) Sonya
King of the South (2016)
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Ellie (voice) (rumored)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Gina (rumored)
Miracles from Heaven (2016)
A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House (2016)
Lip Sync Battle (2015)  Herself - Competitor (1 episode, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
House of Bodies (2014) Nicole
22 Jump Street (2014) Mrs. Dickson (uncredited)
The Queen Latifah Show (2014)  Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (2 episodes, 2015)
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Can't Forget New Jersey (2014) (rumored)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Herself - Hostess / ... (207 episodes, 2013-2014)
Street Dogs of South Central (2013) Narrator
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Ellie (voice)
Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D (2012) Herself
Joyful Noise (2012) Vi Rose Hill
9mm (2012) Lt. Amanda Shipley (rumored)
IC Places Hollywood (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Herself (2013)
Don't Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Dilemma (2011) Susan Warner
Single Ladies (2011)  Sharon Love (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Anderson Live (2011)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Let's Stay Together (2011)  Bobbie (1 episode, 2012)
Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Just Wright (2010) Leslie Wright
Valentine's Day (2010) Paula Thomas
Conan (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Talk (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
When I Was 17 (2010) (1 episode, 2010)
Hot in Cleveland (2010)  Aunt Esther Jean Johnson (1 episode, 2014)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) Ellie (voice)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself (7 episodes, 2009-2014)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
The Rotten Tomatoes Show (2009)  Herself - Actress (1 episode, 2010)
The Dr. Oz Show (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Mo'Nique Show (2009)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices (2009)  Herself - Narrator (7 episodes, 2009)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Clarkworld (2009) Herself (archive footage)
The Secret Life of Bees (2008) August Boatwright
What Happens in Vegas (2008) Dr. Twitchell
Mad Money (2008) Nina Brewster
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
Bridging the Gap (2008)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Sweet Blackberry Presents (2008) (1 episode, 2008)
The Perfect Holiday (2007) Mrs. Christmas
Hairspray (2007) Motormouth Maybelle
Arctic Tale (2007) Narrator
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Private Sessions (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Penny Escher
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) Ellie (voice)
Last Holiday (2006) Georgia Byrd
30 Rock (2006)  Regina Bookman (1 episode, 2010)
America's Got Talent (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
What It Takes (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Beauty Shop (2005) Gina Norris
Dancing with the Stars (2005)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2009)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Tyra Banks Show (2005)  Herself (3 episodes, 2006)
Cinema mil (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Weekend Sunrise (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Taxi (2004) Isabelle 'Belle' Williams
The Cookout (2004) Security Guard
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) Gina
Entourage (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
CMT Insider (2004)  Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
TV One on One (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Herself (3 episodes, 2006-2014)
Scary Movie 3 (2003) Aunt ShaNeequa
Bringing Down the House (2003) Charlene Morton
America's Next Top Model (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself / ... (8 episodes, 2005-2012)
Eve (2003)  Simone (1 episode, 2004)
Geraldo at Large (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Kung Faux (2003)  Various / ... (unknown episodes)
The Jazzspel with Eric J (2003)  Herself (2003-2008)
Pinocchio (2002) Dove (voice)
Chicago (2002) Matron Mama Morton
Brown Sugar (2002) Francine
The Country Bears (2002) Cha-Cha
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
V Graham Norton (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
American Idol (2002)  Herself - Performer (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Herself (2 episodes, 2003)
The Fairly OddParents (2001)  Pam Dromeda (1 episode, 2004)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
CMT Hot 20 Countdown (2001)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
106 & Park Top 10 Live (2000)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2005-2012)
The Remarkable Journey (2000)  Herself
The Bone Collector (1999) Thelma
Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Dispatcher Love (voice)
The Early Show (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Queen Latifah Show (1999)  Herself - Host (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
VH-1 Behind the Movie (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Sphere (1998) Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher
Living Out Loud (1998) Liz Bailey
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Herself (10 episodes, 2000-2002)
Total Request Live (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Greatest (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Mama Flora's Family (1998)  Diana (2 episodes, 1998)
Hoodlum (1997) Sulie
The View (1997)  Herself / ... (7 episodes, 2003-2014)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Cartoon Sushi (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Set It Off (1996) Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims
Spin City (1996)  Robin Jones (2 episodes, 2001)
Access Hollywood (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (9 episodes, 1996-2000)
Saturday Night Special (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 1998-2006)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
MADtv (1995)  Herself - Host (1 episode, 1997)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Ellen (1994)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1997)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
The Critic (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 1995)
Extra (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
My Life (1993) Theresa
Who's the Man? (1993) Herself
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself - Guest / ... (8 episodes, 2004-2013)
Living Single (1993)  Khadijah James (117 episodes, 1993-1998)
Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 2001)
GMTV (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
The Chevy Chase Show (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (7 episodes, 1995-2007)
Juice (1992) Ruffhouse M.C.
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Getaway (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
House Party 2 (1991) Zora
Jungle Fever (1991) Lashawn
Roc (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 2003-2007)
Ponte las pilas (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 1992)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)  Dee Dee / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
In Living Color (1990)  Herself - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Herself (4 episodes, 1991-1994)
After Hours (1989)  Herself (1 episode, 1990)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (7 episodes, 2004-2009)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Biography (1987)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2003-2006)
Showtime at the Apollo (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 1990)
The Media Show (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 1990)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (5 episodes, 2005-2011)
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (48 episodes, 2006-2012)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
60 Minutes (1968)  Herself - Actress & Singer (segment "Queen Latifah") (
Today (1952)  Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2006-2012)

Producer ( 22 credits )

The Secrets of Emily Blair (2016) executive producer
The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story (2016) executive producer
The Perfect Match (2016) executive producer
Brotherly Love (2015) executive producer
November Rule (2015) executive producer
House of Bodies (2014) executive producer
Percentage (2014) executive producer
The Queen Latifah Show (2013) executive producer (129 episodes, 2013-2014)
I Kissed a Girl (2012) associate producer (as Dana Owens)
Joyful Noise (2012) executive producer
The Next (2012) executive producer (unknown episodes)
The Star Next Door (2012) executive producer (unknown episodes)
The Cookout 2 (2011) producer
Single Ladies (2011) executive producer (25 episodes, 2011-2012)
Let's Stay Together (2011) executive producer (47 episodes, 2011-2014)
Just Wright (2010) producer
The Perfect Holiday (2007) producer
Who's Your Caddy? (2007) executive producer
Beauty Shop (2005) producer
The Cookout (2004) producer
Bringing Down the House (2003) executive producer
Queen Latifah Show (1999) executive producer (unknown episodes)

Writer ( 1 credit )

The Cookout (2004) (story) &