About Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah, real name Dana Elaine Owens, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, actress, comedian and model. Latifah’s contribution to movie and music industries has garnered her numerous awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, couple of Image Awards and a Grammy. Her debut album, entitled All Hail the Queen, was released in late 1980s. As an actress she gained an international recognition after appearing in an Oscar winning musical Chicago, where Latifah portrayed Mama Morton. Queen Latifah net worth is currently estimated at $50 million.
Dana was born in New Jersey, in a family of Native and African American ancestry, to Rita and Lancelot Owens. Her mother was a teacher in a local high school, while her father had a job at the police department. As a child Dana was particularly curious and used to spend hours going through books that most of the other kids would probably consider boring.
The name Latifah has caught her eye while reading a book of Islamic names, at the age of 8. In Arabic it means “very kind” and can be alternatively translated as “delicate”.
She started developing her singing skills, which later boosted Queen Latifah net worth to tens of millions, at the age of 7 and starred in numerous high school plays, including The Wiz. Besides singing Dana loved basketball and played as a power forward on the school team.
Latifah’s career in music started with a hip-hop band Ladies Fresh, where the teenager was beat-boxing. Soon the producer that worked with the group, DJ King Gemini, has recorded her rap demo “Princess of the Posse”. The track has travelled through the hands of numerous producers until it reached Dante Ross, which signed Latifah to Tommy Boy Music label. Although this contract did not make a noticeable contribution to Queen Latifah net worth, it has allowed her to release her first song, “Wrath of Madness”. Soon Queen was signed to Tommy Boy Records. Her debut album, All Hail the Queen, was released by the end of 1980s. The album enjoyed success that was unusual for hip hop record at the time: it climbed to the No. 6 on the Billboards Top Hip-Hop/R&B Albums chart and entered Billboard 200.
Latifah’s career in movies and television took off a few years later, when she landed a role in a sitcom Living Single, which was especially popular among the African-American audience. Before appearing in these series Dana had minor roles in movies Jungle Fever, Juice and House Party 2. She had a major breakthrough as an actress after portraying Matron Morton on the hit movie Chicago. Since then Latifah has appeared in the vast specter of movies, including Kung Faux, Taxi, Scary Movie 3, Hairspray and Beauty Shop. Each of these films is responsible for the part of an impressive Queen Latifah net worth.