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QUEEN LATIFAH (Penny Escher) is a respected musician, television and film actress, label president, and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and substance, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate.

Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood in recent years. She received rave reviews, an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax's Chicago. Following Chicago, Latifah starred in Disney's box office hit Bringing Down the House, on which she also acted as executive producer, and last year appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon in Fox's Taxi and Beauty Shop. Earlier this year she starred in The Last Holiday opposite LL Cool J and lent her voice to the blockbuster animated hit Ice Age: The Meltdown. She is currently filming HBO's "Life Support,” based on the true story of a mother who overcame her drug addiction to crack to become an AIDS activist and role-model. She will next star in the film version of the Broadway smash hit musical Hairspray.

Last year, Latifah returned to the music scene with her platinum-selling album "The Dana Owens Album,” a collection of timeless classics. As Latifah demonstrated on screen in Living Out Loud and Chicago, her vocal talent is as impressive as her acting.

Queen Latifah is also one of music's most well respected rappers. From her groundbreaking 1989 debut "All Hail the Queen,” which set the visual and contextual standard for female rappers, to her bold foray into R&B, Latifah continues to define what a woman in the music industry should be. She has earned four Grammy nominations, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994.

Flavor Unit Entertainment, her production company, which she runs with partner Sha-kim Compere, is based in New Jersey, and quickly established itself with the box office hit Bringing Down the House and Beauty Shop, as well as films in which she didn't star, such as The Cookout and the upcoming Kidnapped. Latifah is also not a stranger to the small screen. Her first television series, "Living Single,” was a huge success and is currently in syndication.

Since her screen debut in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, she starred in Set It Off, which earned her a nomination for a Spirit Award in the Best Actress category, co-starred in The Bone Collector directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Denzel Washington, and appeared opposite Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan in Brown Sugar.

Queen Latifah's concern for others is evidenced by the generous amount of time and money that she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, she serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Established by her mother, Rita Owens, to perpetuate the memory of a loving son and brother, the foundation provides scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but are limited in financial resources.


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