Dana Elaine Owens, known by her stage Queen Latifah was born on March 18, 1970. She was born in New Jersey, United States. Queen Latifah is the pioneer feminists in the industry. She has made her name across many fields in the industry. There is almost nothing she cannot do.
Queen Latifah was born and raised in New Jersey. She went to a Catholic School in her hometown where she was raised in Baptist faith. She was born to Rita Bray and Lancelot Owens. Her father was a police officer and mother, a school teacher. Latifah showcased her talent right from her school days. She represented her school in Basketball and also sang her first number while she was in high school. She named herself Latifah after reading a book full of Arabic names. She started her career as a singer but went on to perform in films and on television. She plays a successful hand in comedy as well.
Queen Latifah’s work is widely spread across music, acting, writing, modelling and comedy. Latifah began her career in music initially. She began with hip-hop music and was a crew member for producer King Gemini. She showcased herself by rapping in hip hop music. Her music related to issues with black women, domestic violence and harassment. She was helped by Fab 5 Freddy to sign for Tommy Boy Records. She released her first album All Hail the Queen, which was released in 1989 when Latifah was just 19 years old. She made two musical appearances before releasing her fourth album Order in the Court. She started singing solo after this. She changed her genre to jazz and traditional music. The Dana Owens Album was her first solo which was released in 2004. In 2008, Latifah moved back to hip-hop music. She released her personal album in 2009, which was named Persona. Latifah has sung songs like “Who Can I Turn To” and “Cue the Rain.” She has worked with the likes of Missy Elliot and
Dolly Parton. She still continues to make her mark in the musical industry. Coming to Latifah’s acting career. She began acting in 1991; she mainly played supporting roles in the early stages. She has been part of projects like Living Single and House Party 2. Further, she has worked in Jungle Fever and Juice. Her first hit was Set It Off in 1996. She played supporting roles in Living Out Loud and The Bone Collector. She became mainstream in 2002. She is amongst the lesser musician to have been nominated for the Academy Awards. She starred in the film Bringing Down the House alongside
Steve Martin. This proved to be a major success and Queen Latifah became the sensation of the industry as she won awards across all fields. The same year, she featured in the horror-comedy Scary Movie 3. Her next hit was Beauty Shop for which she was nominated for the Best Actress category at the BET Awards. Queen Latifah was not far from becoming the Queen of the industry. She has won awards for films like Last Holiday, Hairspray, and The Perfect Holiday. In 2008, she played a cameo in What Happens in Vegas, which also starred
Cameron Diaz and
Ashton Kutcher. Latifah has lent her voice to animated characters in
Ice Age series. She was also part of the movie 22 Jump Street. Queen Latifah has proved herself bit by bit. She is amongst the most talented, hardworking, established fun-loving stars in the industry.
Queen Latifah will be voicing the character Ellie for the third time in the upcoming Ice Age movie, which is due to release in 2016. She will also be part of Patricia Riggens Miracles from Heaven. She will continue to host night shows and make guest appearances on them.