Reel Life: Queen Latifah

Reel Life: Queen Latifah
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 24, 2010

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Spike Lee handpicked Queen Latifah to portray attitudinal waitress, Lashawn, in “Jungle Fever.” She was the perfect choice.

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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.

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Latifah released the jazz blues singer within when she portrayed lounge singer, Liz Bailey, in the 1998 drama, “Living Out Loud.”

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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.

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Latifah loves the kids, as she proved with her role in “The Country Bears.”

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In the hip-hop themed romantic comedy, “Brown Sugar,” Latifah is courted by an up-and-coming rapper portrayed, hilariously, by Mos Def.

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Latifah earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her spirited portrayal of Matron Mama Morton in “Chicago.”

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Latifah starred alongside Steve Martin and Eugene Levy for “Bringing Down the House.” She also produced the film, which grossed over $100 million.

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Always down for a good laugh, Latifah joined the cast of “Scary Movie 3” with Eddie Griffin.

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Ice Cube couldn’t protect Cedric the Entertainer from Latifah’s constant wrath in “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.”

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After starring in the second installment of Ice Cube’s “Barbershop” franchise, Latifah opened her own “Beauty Shop.”

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Henry Simmons joined Latifah for the action comedy, “Taxi.”

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Latifah was joined by fellow rapper-turned-actor, LL Cool J, for the live-your-dreams-now adventure, “Last Holiday.”

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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Latifah was joined by Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys for the film adaptation of the bestselling novel, “The Secret Life of Bees.”

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This year, Latifah joined the ensemble cast for the romantic comedy, “Valentine’s Day,” which co-starred Jamie Foxx.

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Queen Latifah plays the kind and all-knowing angel, “Mrs. Christmas,” opposite actor Terrence Howard.

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In the hilarious comedy, “Mad Money,” Queen Latifah and her two counterparts plot to steal Federal money that is going to be destroyed.

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Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a physical therapist, who ends up falling for her client, basketball player Scott McKnight in “Just Wright.”

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Queen takes control of a Gospel choir and sings her heart out alongside Dolly Parton, in the upcoming film, “Joyful Noise.”

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Spike Lee handpicked Queen Latifah to portray attitudinal waitress, Lashawn, in “Jungle Fever.” She was the perfect choice.