QUEEN LATIFAH (Sasha Franklin) is a musician, critically
acclaimed television and film actress, record label president, author and
entrepreneur. Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood and in 2006 became
the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. She received rave reviews, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting
Actress, a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG)
nomination for her portrayal of Mama Morton in Miramax's Chicago. She also
received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award
for her role in Life Support.
In May 2015, Latifah made her way back to the small screen and earned a
Primetime Emmy Award nomination, Golden Globe Award nomination and a SAG Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or
Miniseries for her role in Bessie, an HBO biopic she produced that recounts the
life of singer Bessie Smith, who was also known as "The Empress of the Blues."
Latifah has shown that she has varied, multiple skills. The multitalented star
won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1994 and also has been
honored with seven Grammy Award nominations. In 2003, she was nominated for Best
Female Rap Solo Performance for "Go Head." In 2004, she was nominated for Best
Jazz Vocal Album for The Dana Owens Album and in 2007 was nominated for Best
Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Trav'lin' Light.
Most recently, Latifah starred in Miracles from Heaven with Jennifer Garner in
Sony Pictures Entertainment's faith-based drama. She also took to the stage and
small screen performing as the title character in NBC's The Wiz Live! with Uzo
Aduba, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Common and David Alan Grier. Latifah also reprised
her role as the voice of the woolly mammoth, Ellie, in Ice Age: Collision
Course. She can also be seen in Lee Daniels' FOX series STAR.
Latifah made her big-screen debut in Spike Lee's 1991 film Jungle Fever. She
starred in Set It Off and co-starred with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito in the
critically acclaimed Living Out Loud. Following Chicago, she starred in and
executive produced the box-office hit Bringing Down the House. Her additional
film credits include The Secret Life of Bees (alongside Jennifer Hudson, Alicia
Keys and Dakota Fanning); Neil Meron and Craig Zadan's Hairspray; Mad Money
(opposite Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes); Just Wright; Joyful Noise; Last
Holiday; and Beauty Shop. She also starred in and executive produced the cable
movie Life Support and the television movie adaptation of Steel Magnolias.
From 1993 to 1998, Latifah starred in the network comedy Living Single. From
2013 to 2014, she was the host of The Queen Latifah Show, which she produced
with partner Shakim Compere and Overbrook Entertainment's Will Smith, Jada
Pinkett Smith and James Lassiter.
And then there's Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company owned and
operated by Latifah and Compere. The company is quickly establishing itself as
one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began
by executive producing Disney's No. 1 box-office hit Bringing Down the House and
then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM and The Perfect Holiday for Paramount
Pictures. They have also produced The Cookout for Lionsgate, as well as the film
Just Wright for Fox Searchlight. On the small screen, they executive produced
HBO's critically acclaimed film Life Support, which garnered a number of awards,
including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and Golden Globe Award for Latifah.
Flavor Unit Entertainment also co-produced HBO's original movie Bessie. Most
recently, the team produced The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, The Best Place
to Be, Curvy Style with Timothy Snell, The Rap Game and the movie The Perfect
Match. Flavor Unit Entertainment also recently produced VH1's one-hour special
event Dear Mama, which premiered on Mother's Day, shining the spotlight on
mothers. VH1 recently renewed Dear Mama as an annual special.
From Newark, New Jersey, Latifah currently resides in Los Angeles.
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