Spike Lee handpicked Queen Latifah to portray attitudinal waitress, Lashawn, in “Jungle Fever.” She was the perfect choice.
Latifah certainly got folks talking when she portrayed a gun-toting lesbian by the name of Cleo in the heist film, “Set It Off.” Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kimberly Elise and Vivica A. Fox co-starred.
Latifah released the jazz blues singer within when she portrayed lounge singer, Liz Bailey, in the 1998 drama, “Living Out Loud.”
Who wouldn’t want to tend to Denzel Washington’s needs? In “The Bone Collector,” Latifah portrayed his attentive nurse, Thelma. Angelina Jolie co-starred.
Latifah loves the kids, as she proved with her role in “The Country Bears.”
In the hip-hop themed romantic comedy, “Brown Sugar,” Latifah is courted by an up-and-coming rapper portrayed, hilariously, by Mos Def.
Latifah earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her spirited portrayal of Matron Mama Morton in “Chicago.”
Latifah starred alongside Steve Martin and Eugene Levy for “Bringing Down the House.” She also produced the film, which grossed over $100 million.
Always down for a good laugh, Latifah joined the cast of “Scary Movie 3” with Eddie Griffin.
Ice Cube couldn’t protect Cedric the Entertainer from Latifah’s constant wrath in “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.”
After starring in the second installment of Ice Cube’s “Barbershop” franchise, Latifah opened her own “Beauty Shop.”
Henry Simmons joined Latifah for the action comedy, “Taxi.”
Latifah was joined by fellow rapper-turned-actor, LL Cool J, for the live-your-dreams-now adventure, “Last Holiday.”
“Stranger Than Fiction,” starred Latifah as a publishing representative who is charged with helping a client push through writer’s block. Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson co-starred in the quirky drama.
Latifah has been a part of the “Ice Age” franchise from the very beginning. In the third installment, her character, Ellie, the mammoth, preps to be a mommy.
Latifah virtually stole the show as Motormouth Maybelle in the period musical, “Hairspray,” co-starring John Travolta. Rumor has it that a sequel is in the works.
Latifah was joined by Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys for the film adaptation of the bestselling novel, “The Secret Life of Bees.”
This year, Latifah joined the ensemble cast for the romantic comedy, “Valentine’s Day,” which co-starred Jamie Foxx.
Queen Latifah plays the kind and all-knowing angel, “Mrs. Christmas,” opposite actor Terrence Howard.
In the hilarious comedy, “Mad Money,” Queen Latifah and her two counterparts plot to steal Federal money that is going to be destroyed.
Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a physical therapist, who ends up falling for her client, basketball player Scott McKnight in “Just Wright.”
Queen takes control of a Gospel choir and sings her heart out alongside Dolly Parton, in the upcoming film, “Joyful Noise.”