Queen Latifah: The Rise to Stardom – From Hip-Hop Rapper to Voice Actor to Celebrity Daytime Television Talk Show Host

Queen Latifah remains humble through her rise to stardom.
Queen Latifah remains humble through her rise to stardom. | Source

From Dana Owens to Queen Latifah

In Arabic, Latifah means “delicate and sensitive”. Latifah was a nickname given to Dana by a cousin at the age of eight. Queen Latifah added “Queen” to her moniker during her college days in the late 1980s because she wanted women to feel good about themselves.

In the early "rap" years, rappers degraded women even more so than today. Queen Latifah felt that if women thought of themselves as queens it would cause them to act and be received as more valuable. It would help their self esteem.

Who is Queen Latifah?

Queen Latifah launched her daytime talk show called, “The Queen Latifah Show” on September 16, 2013. She is a singer-songwriter, rapper, model, comedienne, television producer, record producer, actress, label president, author, and entrepreneur.

Queen Latifah founded Flavor Unit Management Company in 1991. The company successfully signed a number of rap groups, including the famous Naughty by Nature group.

Her illustrious career started in 1989 when she was in high school rapping with the group called “Ladies Fresh”. She became a solo recording artist in 1989.

Queen Latifah is the stage name for Dana Elaine Owens, born on March 18, 1970 in Newark, N.J. Queen Latifah is dubbed “Hip-Hop’s First Lady”.

Queen Latifah has sold over 1 million copies of her debut album titled. "All Hail to the Queen". And, she has been nominated and received awards for her extraordinary talent. All of Queen Latifah’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention in this publication, however her awards and nominations are worth seeing.

For a comprehensive compilation of Queen Latifah’s involvement in music, television, and movies, a source that I refer to is the Internet Movie Database, better known as IMDb.

Note: The IMDb is considered accurate throughout the entertainment industry, however it is not to be relied upon as the sole source for information about performers.

Queen Latifah a Spokesperson for Cover Girl

Queen Latifah is a model and spokesperson for Cover Girl Makeup, featuring the Queen Collection. The Queen Collection is a line of make-up designed for women with deeper skin tones.

Queen Latifah's Voiceover Career

There is no doubt that Queen Latifah’s illustrious career includes talent in many genres in music, television, movies, and video games. Queen Latifah has an undeniably recognizable voice that can be heard throughout the entertainment industry. However, for this publication, I focus on Queen Latifah’s distinguished voiceover career which began in 1997.

Queen Latifah's Voice in Television Commercials

Commercial
Covergirl
Domino's Pizza
Excedrin
Commercials featuring the voice of Queen Latifah.

Queen Latifah's Voice in Pizza Hut Commercial

Queen Latifha's Voice in Television Production Projects

Television Shows
Character
Year
The Fairly Odd Parents
Pam Dromeda
2001
Ice Age: A Mammouth Christmas
Ellie
2011
Television shows featuring the voice of Queen Latifah.

Queen Latifha's Voice in Animated Movie Projects

Movie
Character
Year
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Ellie
2006
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Ellie
2006
Ice Age: Down of the Dinosaurs
Ellie
2009
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Ellie
2012
Animated movies featuring the voice of Queen Latifah.

The Meltdown Animated Movie With Queen Latifah as Ellie

In the movie, “The Meltdown”, Queen Latifah is the voice of Ellie, the female wooly mammoth. In this Official® Trailer, Ellie’s line is “Well, I’ve got news for you. You’re not saving the species tonight or any other night!”

The Meltdown - Starring the Voice of Queen Latifah

Video Games Starring the Voice of Queen Latifah

Video Game
Character
Year
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs the Video Game
Ellie
2009
Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
Ellie
2012
Video games featuring the voice of Queen Latifah.

What I Like Most About Queen Latifah

“I'm pretty much the same but trying to be better every day. I don't think the success has gone to my head. I don't think I'm alienating friends or losing friends.” --Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah never forgets who “brung” her to the dance. On her talk show, Queen Latifah pays homage to the people who were with her when she started her road to success. Queen Latifah openly remembers the people who have been there to help her through her career. In fact, on her talk show, Queen Latifah showcases the DJ’s, musicians, and stars who are inspirational and helpful in elevating her to the star level that she has achieved to date.

Queen Latifah recognizes that no one rises to the top alone. Yes, talent and skill are important, but this world is built by many talents working together for a common goal. Queen Latifah recognizes talent and pays tribute to those who have been part of her entertainment and entrepreneurial endeavors from the beginning to now.

Connect With Queen Latifah

Connect with Queen Latifah at these official websites:

The Queen Latifah Website: http://queenlatifah.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QueenLatifah

Twitter: http://Twitter.com/iamqueenlatifah


Resources:

The following official resources were used to compile information about Queen Latifah's acting career, nominations, and awards.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards - The Screen Actors Guild Awards recognizes performers acting in film and television.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) - IMDb is considered to be the most authoritative online source for movie, television and celebrity information.


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello Sunshine625. I think it is amazing to watch Queen Latifah grow into the star that she is. I don't have a chance to watch her show every day, but on the days I watch it, I see her compassion. She touches lives in a meaningful way. Thank you for your feedback, Sunshine625. It means a lot.


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL

The Queen remains humble and down to earth even though she is a star. I've been a fan of hers for quite a few years, I just haven't watched her talk show due to limited TV watching time...when I do get a chance to watch TV it is usually the disney channel with my granddaughters. Fabulous hub on Queen Latifah!


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MarleneB 22 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

I'm glad you got to meet (on TV) Queen Latifah, colorfulone. She is one of my favorite celebrities. She has given so much of her time and money to the community - making a difference in the lives of many people.


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colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

Marlene, this is "interesting" about the Queen Latifah. I saw her a couple of times on TV, when I still had television service, but never did watch it much then. So! I really didn't know much about this very likable lady.


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi janshares. I'm glad you discovered something new about Queen Latifah. She is someone who I admire because she is always a lady and through her rise to stardom, she constantly remembers the people who helped her along the way. I like that about her.


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Hi MarleneB, just surfing around and came across this hub. I love Queen Latifah, such a cool, down-to-earth, and talented woman. I found your article very informative. I didn't know she had such a lucrative voice over component to her successful career. Wow, you learn something new everyday. Thanks for increasing my knowledge about the Queen. Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi rajan jolly. Queen Latifah is a unique kind of person. She has done some incredible things in her life. On her TV show, she introduces the world to extraordinary people - people we would never know existed had they not appeared on her show. I watch the show just for that particular segment itself.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Though I'd heard her name I wasn't aware of the multi talents Queen Latifah possessed. I'd like to hear her songs and will head over to you tube now.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Benjamin Chege. You are quite welcome!


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello ChitrangadaSharan. I'm watching The Queen Latifah show right now. She is an awesome lady. She just offered one of her guests a job right there on the show. She is so amazing.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi MarleneB!

I came to know a lot about Queen Latifah from your hub. No doubt, I have heard about her but you did a wonderful job in this Bio.

Than you very much for sharing your knowledge.


Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

Hi MarleneB. Thank you for the compliment.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello Benjamin Chege! Thank you for your feedback. As I watch Queen Latifah grow, I see the same as you, that helping others along the way is surely the better way to success.


Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

Hi MarleneB. Impressive. Voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome. Queen Latifa's actions amount to one of the secrets to success. Never forget where you came from. Nice read.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello MsDora! Queen Latifah's self-awareness is surely something to be admired. She inspires people to be more proud of themselves and accept who they are no matter what the world dishes out to them.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I've always admired how comfortable the Queen seems to be with herself. Thank you for the facts on her. Perhaps, one day I'll be able to watch her talk show.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi tirelesstraveler. Yes. She is a remarkable woman.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Love Queen Latifah. She exhibits a regal image, she is truly intelligent and funny.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Well, Bill you are missing out! Queen Latifah is the biggest star these days. Thank you for your feedback. Enjoy your evening!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thanks for the bio, Marlene. In all honesty I know very little about her. I don't have a tv and have never seen her in movies....I've just heard of her. I'm afraid she hasn't made much money from my following. :)

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