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Queen Latifah

Highest Rated:   100% United Skates (2018)
Lowest Rated:   0% Pinocchio (2002)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
36% The Little Mermaid Live!
  • Ursula
2019
100% United Skates
  • Actor
2018
91% Girls Trip
  • Sasha
$115.1M 2017
67% Flint
  • Iza Banks
2017
18% 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
45% Miracles from Heaven
  • Angela
2016
22% 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
91% The Wiz Live!
  • The Wiz
2015
89% Bessie
  • Bessie Smith
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet House Of Bodies
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Percentage
  • Executive Producer
2013
37% Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Ellie
$161.4M 2012
No Score Yet Street Dogs Of South Central
  • Actor
2012
31% Joyful Noise
  • Executive Producer
  • Vi Rose Hill
$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
$110.5M 2010
59% The Secret Life of Bees
  • August Boatwright
$37.7M 2008
26% What Happens in Vegas
  • Dr. Twitchell
$80.2M 2008
22% Mad Money
  • Nina Brewster
$20.6M 2008
17% The Perfect Holiday
  • NarratorMrs. Christmas
  • Producer
$5.8M 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
73% 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
$195.3M 2006
56% Last Holiday
  • Georgia Byrd
$38.4M 2006
33% The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
  • Auntie Em
2005
38% Beauty Shop
  • Gina Norris
  • Producer
$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
68% 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
86% Chicago
  • Matron `Mama' Morton
2002
0% Pinocchio
  • The Dove [U.S. Version]
$3.7M 2002
66% Brown Sugar
  • Francine
$27.2M 2002
29% 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
28% The Bone Collector
  • Thelma
1999
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
67% Set It Off
  • Cleo
1996
42% My Life
  • Theresa
1993
50% Who's the Man?
  • Herself
1993
79% Juice
  • Ruffhouse M.C.
1992
21% House Party 2
  • Zora
1991
81% Jungle Fever
  • Lashawn
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
75% When The Streetlights Go On
2020
  • Actor
  • 2020
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Untold Stories of Hip Hop
2019
  • Appearing
  • 2019
No Score Yet Star
2016-2019
  • Carlotta
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
2016
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
84% Empire
2015
  • Carlotta Brown
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show
2009
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
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 Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Performer
  • 2015
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
  • 2012
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 Wendy Williams Show
2008
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2003
  • 2000
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Regina Bookman
  • 2010
68% American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2010
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Herself
  • 2010
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices
2009
  • Narrator
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show
2009-2011
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2003
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
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Eve
2003-2006
  • Simone Williams
  • 2004
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 Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1992-1997
  • Herself
  • 1994
No Score Yet Roc
1991-1994
  • Actor
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Marissa Redman Dee-Dee
  • 1991
No Score Yet Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America
2019
  • Actor

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