Queen Latifah Biography

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American Singer - Queen Latifah
born : Dana Elaine Owens, Newark, New Jersey, United States of America 1970, March 18
famous for : Making it big in the male dominated rap industry and for being an Academy Award nominated actress and Grammy Award winner (Best Rap Solo Performance).
lives: USA

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Queen Latifah was born on the 18th of March, 1970 in New Jersey, USA, as Dana Elaine Owens. Her father Lancelot was police officer and her mother Rita was a highschool art teacher, but they separated before Dana was ten years old.

Like many African American singers before her, Queen Latifah started her singing career in her church choir. Before releasing her first album (All Hail the Queen) in 1988 at the age of just 18, she briefly worked with "Ladies Fresh" doing beatboxing. The debut album received favorable reviews, and meant Dana Owens could well and truly leave behind her days as a Burger King employee.

Queen Latifah went on to develop her career as one of the first major female rappers. The male dominated rap industry embraced Owens, making her a pioneering black woman that was creating her own musical path.

Latifah continues to release best selling rap albums, but also has a successful career as a movie actress. She was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" at the Academy Awards after her performance in the 2002 film "Chicago". Other films she has appeared include "Bringing Down the House", "Beauty Shop", "Taxi", "Stranger Than Fiction", and more.

The multitalented celebrity also released her own autobiography "Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman" in 1999 where she shared many of the personal tragedies and challenges that she has had to deal with.

Her 2004 album release "The Dana Owens Album" is a selection of her favorite songs that are mostly jazz and soul inspired.

In 2006 Queen Latifah received her own start on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame", which made her the first hip hop artists to ever be honored with one.

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