Queen Latifah

Rapper, Actor, Entrepreneur
Award-winning actress, rapper, entrepreneur and spokesmodel were but a few of the hats Queen Latifah wore as she began her rise as one of entertainment's top renaissance women, starting with her breakout album All ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1970 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (196)

BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Lip Sync Battle 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Queen Latifah Show 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

House of Bodies 2013 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th NAACP Image Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 (Movie)

Ellie (Voice)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

Vi Rose Hill (Actor)

La La's Full Court Life 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let's Stay Together 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Single Ladies 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The TeenNick HALO Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tony Bennett: Duets II 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

America's Got Talent 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

BET Awards '11 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 37th Annual People's Choice Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The Dilemma 2011 (Movie)

Susan Warner (Actor)

The Mo'Nique Show 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '10 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Entourage 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

Leslie Wright (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

Paula Thomas (Actor)

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Ellie (Actor)

Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

Nina Brewster (Actor)

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1991 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

August Boatwright (Actor)

What Happens in Vegas 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Twitchell (Actor)

Arctic Tale 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridging the Gap 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Motormouth Maybelle (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Holiday 2007 (Movie)

Mrs Christmas (Actor)

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 (Movie)

Ellie (Voice)

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Georgia Byrd (Actor)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

Penny Escher (Actor)

The 2nd JammX Kids All-Star Dance Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

Gina Norris (Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1992 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1989 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1990 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Taxi 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Roc 1992 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The Critic 1992 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wendy Williams Is On Fire 1992 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Eve 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Richard Gere 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playa's Guide to Scarface 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Taxi 2004 (Movie)

Belle (Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Movie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

Charlene Morton (Actor)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Aunt ShaNeequa (Actor)

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 The Greatest 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Francine (Actor)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Matron Mama Morton (Actor)

Living With The Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Africa 2002 (Movie)

(Host)

Pinocchio 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Dove (Actor)

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Cha-Cha (Actor)

Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A-Z 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am My Mother's Daughter 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen Latifah 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Spin City 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Digital Divide: Technology and Our Future 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

of Dispatcher Love (Voice)

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bone Collector 1999 (Movie)

Thelma (Actor)

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Weddings InStyle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

Liz Bailey (Actor)

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

Fletcher (Actor)

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Sulie (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Queen Latifah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

Cleo (Actor)

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NBA All-Star Stay in School Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity First Loves 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Smart Kids 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

AT&T Presents: Queen Latifah and Friends 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

I Hate the Way I Look 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

My Life 1993 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Deadly Sins: An MTV News Special Report 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Juice 1992 (Movie)

Ruffhouse M C (Actor)

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

Zora (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

Lashawn (Actor)

Racism: Points of View 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Rap City Rhapsody 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bessie (TV Show)

Actor

Life Support (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Actor

Teach (TV Show)

Host

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Show)

Actor
Music (29)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

("Fix Me Jesus") (Song Performer)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("You Can't Stop The Beat") (Song Performer)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

("Champion") (Song Performer)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

("Champion") (Song)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

("Walk The Dinosaur") (Song Performer)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

("Come Into My House") (Song Performer)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

("Come Into My House") (Song)

The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("Big, Blonde And Beautiful") (Song Performer)

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

("Every Time I Feel The Spirit") (Song Performer)

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

("Do Your Thing") (Song Performer)

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

("Do Your Thing") (Song)

The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("The Unit") (Song Performer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("The Unit") (Song)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

("When You're Good To Mama") (Song Performer)

Girlfight 2000 (Movie)

("I Can Do Too" (featuring Cole)) (Song Performer)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

("Lush Life" "Goin' Out of My Head" "Be Anything (But Be Mine)") (Song Performer)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

("Love is a Battlefield") (Song Performer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

("Set It Off") (Song Performer)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

song performance("Mr Big Stuff") (Song)

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

("For the Love of Money") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

("The Hook") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

("For the Love of Money" "Living for the City") (Song Performer)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

("The Pros") (Song Performer)

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

("The Pros") (Song)
Producer (17)

Brotherly Love 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Follow the Rules 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Queen Latifah Show 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

November Rule 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Percentage 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

House of Bodies 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Broke and Famous: Willie Aames 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hip Hop Project 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Perfect Holiday 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Taxi 2004 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

Award-winning actress, rapper, entrepreneur and spokesmodel were but a few of the hats Queen Latifah wore as she began her rise as one of entertainment's top renaissance women, starting with her breakout album All Hail the Queen in 1989. The 19-year-old embodied a new spirit in hip-hop and was a pioneer for her empowering messages of positivity, particularly for urban women. Her status as pop culture icon led easily to an acting career, where she followed up a four-year run on the Fox sitcom "Living Single" (Fox, 1993-97) with increasingly visible roles in comedies and dramas, including "Set it Off" (1996) and "The Bone Collector" (1999). She broke through with unanimous critical acclaim for her role as Mama Morton in the lavish big screen adaptation of "Chicago" (2002), earning multiple awards for her powerhouse performance. Audiences loved Latifah in the urban comedies "Bringin' Down the House" (2003) and "Beauty Shop" (2005) even if critics did not, but Latifah was continually surprising audiences with her artistic development. Evolving from rapper MC to sweet jazz crooner, she also delivered terrific performances in subtler films like "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006) and "Last Holiday" (2007) and brought all her talents together for a knock-out performance as Motormouth Maybelle in the big screen musical, "Hairspray" (2007). Consistently demonstrated through her talent, strength and positivity, Queen Latifah entertained and inspired not merely African-Americans or women, but people from all walks of life.

Relationships

Lancelot Owens

Father
Separated from Queen Latifah's mother when she was nine years old Trained Latifah and brother Lance in karate and the use of guns

Rita Owens Actor

Mother
Born in 1949; once ran a jazz and poetry club in Newark, NJ; senior vice president of Flavor Unit, Queen Latifah's recording label, talent management and video production company based in Jersey City, NJ

Lancelot Owens

Brother
Born c. 1969 Killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident in 1992 "Winki's Theme" from Queen Latifah's album Black Reign (1993) was dedicated to him

EDUCATION

Frank H Morrell High School

Irvington , New Jersey 1987
Was a power forward on the basketball team; won a school talent contest in her senior year

Manhattan Community College

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Dolly Parton as choir singers in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"

2012

Reprised voice role of Ellie, a female woolly mammoth in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"

2011

Played a supporting role in "The Dilemma," directed by Ron Howard

2010

Co-starred with Common in the romantic comedy "Just Wright"

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed ensemble feature "Valentine's Day"

2009

Played the wife of a woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) in the animated film "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"

2008

Co-starred with Dakota Fanning in the feature adaption of "The Secret Life of Bees"

2008

Co-starred with Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes in "Mad Money"

2007

Portrayed (also produced) an HIV-positive woman in the HBO movie "Life Support"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress

2007

Cast as Motormouth Maybelle in the big screen version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Hairspray"

2006

Co-starred as Emma Thompson's stern assisstant in the Marc Forster comedy "Stranger Than Fiction"

2006

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)

2005

Starred in "Beauty Shop," a spin-off of the successful "Barbershop" films

2004

Starred as a beauty salon owner in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"

2004

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Dana Owens Album

2004

Made screenwritting debut with the comedy "The Cookout"; also produced

2003

Received Grammy nomination for Best Female Rap Solo Performance for the song "Go Head"

2003

Partnered with Curvations, a lingerie line that applauded women with curves and confidence; also appeared as the face and body behind the new line of intimate apparel

2003

Co-starred with Steve Martin in the comedy "Bringing Down the House"

2002

Earned critical raves for her portrayal of Matron Mama Morton in the musical feature adaptation of "Chicago"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations

2002

Appeared in the CBS miniseries "Living With the Dead" about real-life psychic detective James Van Praagh

2002

Cast in a supporting role in "Brown Sugar" opposite Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan

2001

Landed recurring role as a psychic on the ABC sitcom "Spin City"

2000

Hosted the syndicated talk show "Queen Latifah"

1998

Co-starred with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito in the romantic comedy "Living Out Loud"

1997

Profiled on "Intimate Portrait" (Lifetime)

1995

On July 16, the car in which she was a passenger was car-jacked in NYC; bodyguard was shot

1993

Cast as a regular on the Fox ensemble sitcom "Living Single"; also wrote and performed the theme song

1993

First substantial feature dramatic role, "My Life"

1991

First major supporting role, "House Party 2"

1991

Feature acting debut, Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"

1991

First series guest spot, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC)

1990

TV debut, "Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special" (ABC)

1989

Released her debut album All Hail the Queen

1987

Had her demo tapes placed in circulation by a deejay friend

Was a power forward on two state championship basketball teams in high school

Trained in karate and use of firearms by her policeman father

Formed rhyming group Ladies Fresh with two high school friends; won high school talent contest

Discovered by MTV host Fab 5 Freddy

Worked as a cashier at The Wiz in Newark, NJ

Worked at a Burger King fast-food restaurant

Grew up in East Orange, New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to her acting roles, Queen Latifah's music was featured in the films "New Jack City" and "Straight Out of Brooklyn" (both 1991), "White Men Can't Jump" and "Class Act" (both 1992) and "The Associate" (1996).

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"A lot of the roles I've been given have been me cursing somebody out, but that's not how I am. I don't just yell at people for no reason. And I WON'T be stereotyped." – Queen Latifah in Entertainment Weekly, Sept. 17, 1993

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In January 1994, she became chief executive officer of Flavor Unit, a management and production company whose clients included Naughty by Nature, Fu-Schnickens, Apache and Nikki D. The firm was run by Latifah's mother and had ten full-time employees.

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"Part of the credit for Latifah's speedy rise in the music industry involves her membership in a loose collective of rappers known as the Native Tongues Posse. As constituents of the Native Tongues, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers and Monie Love emphasized Afrocentric clothing, a playful, abstract, lyrical style of rapping and vague, idealistic spirituality." – from New York Newsday, Feb. 20, 1994

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Queen Latifah was arrested for carrying a loaded pistol, driving without a license and possession of marijuana. She received a fine and two years probation in February 1996.

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"My mom and God are my influences. God keeps me on track because he knows I'm human and that I'll make mistakes. I want to get into heaven, so you'll never find me sinning too much. But in life I try to be brave and take charge." – Queen Latifah to Jeanne Wolf in "Queen Latifah's Latest Crown" from THE BIZ, October 1996

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"I'm married to myself. I just felt it was time to take care of me, pamper myself. And when I meet the right man who can treat me as well as I treat myself, I will take this ring off and replace it with his." – Queen Latifah commenting on the platinum band on her left hand, as quoted in the Daily News, Nov. 3, 1996

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"This film business is a challenge to me. I want to be De Niro. I want to be Pacino and Foster and Hanks, but black. And I've got to put in work to do that. There's always gonna be another wall to climb over, kick down, bust through or blow away. As long as life keeps going there and changing, I'll never give it less than 100 percent." – Queen Latifah in The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 4, 1996

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"I'm not into all that Hollywood bullsh*t. I don't need to have the fastest car. I don't need to have the fifty thousand diamonds on my hand. Give me a bank account, gimme real estate, gimme companies, gimme sh*t that's gonna continue on past your broken-down Benz that you can't afford to keep. I love some of those things, but I'm not gonna be the one wearing what everybody else is wearing. I refuse to be like everybody else. I'm different. I'm the Queen, you know? That's what set me up from the beginning. I didn't want to wear gold chains and call myself MC Latifah. I threw a crown on. I took my little promo money and bought me a couple of outfits and had an African suit made with a crown and people noticed me because I wasn't looking like everybody else." – Queen Latifah quoted in Interview, November 1996

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In 2003, Queen Latifah had her E breast cup size reduced to a DD cup due to health reasons.

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"I believe that you've got to have fun doing what you're doing. When it's not fun, it starts to feel like work and I don't like working, I never really have. [laughs] As long as I can have fun, I'm happy." – Queen Latifah quoted to Venue, February 2003

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"My mama always said that I would marry an older man because that's who can handle me." – Queen Latifah quoted to Ebony, April 2003

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"I know who I am. I'm a young African-American woman. And that has a meaning. I do have responsibility to my people. And I do have a responsibility as a woman. But what that is is up to me, not anybody else. I don't put people in a box, and I never wanted to be put in one myself." – Queen Latifah to Premiere, October 2004

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In the July 2009 issue of Essence magazine, Queen Latifah revealed that she was the victim of sexual abuse as a child.

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