Queen Latifah earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006.
|Net Worth:||$ 65 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
|Born:||March 18, 1970|
|Birth Name:||Dana Elaine Owens|
|Height:||5ft. 10in. (1.78m)|
Queen Latifah is an award-winning singer, music producer, actress, and entrepreneur. She is one of the few female rappers who succeeded in the music industry and now has a net worth of approximately $65 million. She has used her platform to tackle tough issues. Her distinct musical style makes her stand-out in hip-hop genre. Latifah was the first female rapper to receive academy awards nominations. She has received other prestigious awards including Grammy, Emmy, and threre Screen Actors Guild.
Her stage name Latifah means delicate and very kind in Arabic.
Dana Elaine Owens was born in East Orange, New Jersey on March 18, 1970. At the age of 10, her parents, Rita Lamae and Lancelot Amos, got divorced. Her mother died on March 21, 2018 due to heart failure.
In 1992, her brother, Lancelot Jr., died in a motorcycle accident. His death caused her depression and drug abuse. She was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and a loaded handgun in 1992. She was again arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence of drugs.
As of January 2020, Latifah’s estimated net worth is $65 million. She gained the majority of her fortune through singing, acting, and various businesses she has a stake in.
Latifah had her career breakthrough when she signed up with Tommy Boy Records in 1989. Her first album All Hail the Queen was released shortly after signing and hit number 6 on the Billboard Hip/R&B Albums chart. She later released Nature of a Siesta in 1991, her second and final album with Tommy Boy. Her stage name Latifah means delicate and very kind in Arabic.
Latifah had her acting break in the situational comedy Living Single from 1993 to 1998. She played the role of Khadijah James, the editor and publisher of the fictional urban independent Flavor Magazine. The sitcom focused on four women and two men living a single life in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1993, she released her third album Black Reign, which include the single U.N.I.T.Y. The song received a Grammy Award and ranked #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 because of its influence on women. It was followed by Order in the Court in 1998 under Motown Records. Her fifth album, The Dana Owens Album, was released in 2004 them Trav’lin Light in 2007 and Persona in 2009.
Latifah had her own talk show aired on CBS from 2013 to 2015. The Queen Latifah Show featured celebrity interviews, musical performances, and human interest stories.
In 1996, she played Cleopatra “Cleo” Sims, one of the employees at Luther's Janitorial Services, in Set it Off. The story revolves around four Black women who robbed a bank to end their financial struggles. She then starred in Chicago in 2002 as Matron “Mama” Morton, the corrupt, but nurturing matron of the Cook County Jail. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Latifah co-starred with Steve in the 2003 comedy film Bringing Down the House. She played the role of Charlene Morton, an escaped convict who wants to prove her innocence with the help of Peter (Martin). The movie was a hit earning $165 million at the box office with a budget of $35 million. She also sang the film’s soundtrack for Do Your Thing.
In 2007, she acted, sang, and danced the movie version of Hairspray. The film was highly-acclaimed. In the same year, she also starred in Life Support as an HIV-positive woman. The role gave her nominations for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy.
Latifah has been in a long-term relationship with professional choreographer Eboni Nichols since 2013. The pair met on the set of the television series Dancing With the Stars. The couple welcomed their son, Rebel, in 2019. The couple have been private about their relationship despite their stardom.
Latifah will be performing as Ursula in the musical television special The Little Mermaid Live! In 2019. Ursula is a sea witch who takes Ariel’s voice and aims to replace King Triton as ruler of Atlantica. The series is based on the 1989 movie and childrens favourite, The Little Mermaid.
“Once they explained to me the way that they wanted to do it, I thought it was interesting.” - Queen Latifah
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