Queen Latifah Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


8th November 2016

Fact: Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg are set to ring in 2017 in Miami, Florida after signing on to co-host rapper Pitbull's New Year's Eve party. The Timber hitmaker previously fronted the star-studded televised concert himself, but he has handed over the reins to the two rap icons for the third annual bash, which will be broadcast live in the U.S. from Bayfront Park. The line-up has yet to be revealed, but Sean 'Diddy' Combs and pals headlined last year's (15) show.


18th March 2016

Tweet: "Happy Bday to the QUEEN! (Love) you honey. Wishing you a beautiful day filled with joy & laughter xxoo @IAMQUEENLATIFAH". Veteran music producer Quincy Jones sends a birthday wish to Queen Latifah as she turns 46 on Friday (18Mar16).


9th December 2015

Quote: "It's such an honor to be nominated by my peers. This movie was a labor of love and being recognized for my performance as Bessie Smith is really incredible." Queen Latifah tells E! News she is flattered to receive a Screen Actors Guild nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries category for her TV film Bessie, in which she portrays the late blues legend.


20th August 2015

Quote: "I loved having my shirt off as a kid. I would have no clothes on and, like, one of my father's hats; it was my look." Queen Latifah was a young naturist before she started developing.


12th September 2014

Quote: "I don't know about babysitting his kids... I may have minded his kids for a second, but you don't wanna make 17-year-old Queen Latifah, first time on tour, let's go crazy... because I was kinda a kid myself. But his kids were so polite... They were just the sweetest children." Queen Latifah takes issue with rapper Flavor Flav's biography claims she babysat his children when she toured with Public Enemy.


11th September 2014

Quote: "I hope all of them are still together... I didn't know who was getting married before it happened but it turns out two of my really good friends, Jamal and Octavius, got married that night; they were right in front of me... It was cool and they're happy and they're together." Queen Latifah had a special connection with one of the 33 couples she wed at the Grammy Awards earlier this year (Jan14).


29th April 2014

Quote: "It’s a disgusting situation... Terrible state of mind to have, to have come this far in time and be that archaic, it’s kind of pathetic. It’s sad. I just really hope this galvanises everyone who is a fan of basketball and who has skin that’s my colour to actually take that and motivate them to do something about it... I’m definitely not giving them any of my money, which is sad because I love the Clippers as a team." Queen Latifah responds to racist comments reportedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and caught on audio, obtained by Tmz.com and Deadspin.com.


25th April 2014

Fact: Star Trek icon William Shatner delighted Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show on Thursday (24Apr14), by performing a spoken word version of her hit rap song Ladies First.


9th April 2014

Fact: R&B star Brandy received a surprise from her past during an interview with Queen Latifah on her talk show Tuesday (08Apr14), as rappers MC Lyte and Yo Yo joined the unsuspecting singer to reminisce about working together on a remix of her debut song I Wanna Be Down. The track, which featured Latifah, Lyte and Yo Yo, was released in 1994, when Brandy was just 15 years old.


14th January 2014

Quote: "I really haven't tried to share that side of my life with everyone because I felt like I was sharing so much of my life with the public. I don't have to share everything that's going on in my bedroom. That's not anybody's business. It's not like I'm a hermit under a rock. I live my life. I know who I am and who I'm not. I'm comfortable with myself. Those who need to know, know." Queen Latifah on why she chooses not to talk about her sex life publicly. The rapper/actress and Tv presenter has long been dogged by rumours she is a lesbian, but she has refused to comment on the speculation.


13th January 2014

Quote: "It's actually good because my mother is funny, she's cool. She gets it, so she gives me my space when I need it. She's doing really good, by the way, really good." Rapper/actress and talk show host Queen Latifah is enjoying the company of her mother, Rita Owen, who is living with her daughter in Los Angeles after overcoming a health setback last year (13).


6th January 2014

Fact: Queen Latifah has been given a big new year boost - her Tv talk show has been picked up for a second season. The rapper-turned-actress and Tv personality debuted The Queen Latifah Show last year (13) and it has become a daytime hit in America.


31st October 2013

Fact: Queen Latifah channeled her inner Oprah Winfrey during a Halloween-themed episode of her U.S. talk show on Thursday (31Oct13), by dressing up as the Tv titan. Latifah even spoofed Winfrey's iconic audience car giveaway by surprising her own crowd with toy cars underneath their seats.


30th October 2013

Quote: "I'm going to go swimming (with sharks)... I plan on being heavily armed... I'm adventurous but I'm not crazy. I'm thrill seeking for a good cause... We had this guest on, who is part of this thing called the American Widow's Project and they're young widows whose husbands were in the Gulf War or Afghanistan, Iraq, so they wanted to do something to honour the memory of their husbands and really just learn how to live life again, so they do adventure vacations." Queen Latifah on her dream to swim with sharks.


2nd October 2013

Quote: "I love riding, even if it's just my Vespa. You just zip and do your thing. I find there's a different awareness when I ride; it connects me to my senses and God." Queen Latifah has motorcycles on both U.S. coasts so she can ride them all the time.


25th September 2013

Quote: "There was too much heaviness, too many serious topics. I just didn't want to do it anymore. I was not happy with my life. I was not fulfilled. The money wasn't enough, the slot on television was not enough." Queen Latifah on why her first shot at hosting a Tv talk show was not a success. Her new show debuted in America earlier this month (Sep13).


12th August 2013

Quote: "Realty Tv like Swamp People and Duck Dynasty. As someone who's travelled around the country on a tour bus for my music, I can tell you people live differently from state to state, time zone to time zone. I like shows that reflect how different we really are." Hip-hop star and actress Queen Latifah enjoys tuning in to bizarre reality shows during her free time.


11th August 2013

Quote: "I want to become a parent someday, whether I adopt a child or give birth. I think I'll be a nurturing mother, but also a disciplinarian." Rapper-turned-Tv talk show host Queen Latifah is keen to start a family in the future.


8th August 2013

Quote: "I don't feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show. There's the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there's the part that's mine to keep for myself. And that's mine. For me." Queen Latifah insists she won't be talking about ongoing gay rumours on her new talk show, which debuts in America next month (Sep13).


8th August 2013

Quote: "I don't know if I would do it. That is a tough job to do... Chris (Rock) was mean; I was sitting right there. He was funny. But some of it was just mean. I can't see me having the b**ls to do something like that. Maybe there is one part of me that does want someone to like me. I don't want to walk past them at Urth Caffe and have them staring at me like they could kill me because of some stupid s**t I said at the Oscars." Queen Latifah on her reservations on becoming an Oscars host now that friends and collaborators Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are producers of the show.


7th August 2013

Fact: Lenny Kravitz has designed the Tv studio set Queen Latifah will call home when her new talk show debuts in America next month (Sep13).


17th February 2013

Fact: Alicia Keys and her family, Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo and Drake were among the musical celebrities in Houston, Texas for the NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk contest and Skills Challenge on Saturday night (16Feb13). Fall Out Boy and Phillip Phillips performed at the event on the eve of basketball's All-Star Game.


6th November 2012

Tweet: "My Beloved Fellow Americans, Its Time to Getcha Some!!! Don't Doubt Your Power! Vote Right Now! It's Worth the Wait!" Rapper/actress Queen Latifah encourages fans to wait patiently as long lines form at polling stations across the U.S. on election day.


9th October 2012

Quote: "Mariah? C'mon now. We're talking about a hundred million right there. You gotta respect your elders to a point. That's a grand diva, but I love Nicki too." Queen Latifah appears to back Mariah Carey in her American Idol war of words with Nicki Minaj.


9th May 2012

Fact: Queen Latifah is set to headline the Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival in Long Beach, California on 19 May (12).


19th March 2012

Fact: Queen Latifah will lead the cast in a TV movie remake of cult 1989 film Steel Magnolias. The rapper-turned-actress will take on the role played by Sally Field in the new all African-American film, while Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Condola Rashad will portray characters played by Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, respectively in the revamp. The new Steel Magnolias will debut later this year (12) on U.S. TV network Lifetime.


24th February 2012

Fact: Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Cee-Lo Green and Mary J. Blige are among the stars who will remember tragic rapper Heavy D in a new TV documentary, set to air in America on Sunday (26Feb12). Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D will also feature never-before seen performances. The hitmaker passed away in November, 2011 at the age of 44.


16th January 2012

Quote: "All my uncles have a crush on her." Queen Latifah was very popular among her relatives when she signed up to star alongside Dolly Parton in new film Joyful Noise.


16th January 2012

Quote: "It is the sickest, craziest, most unbelievable, exhilarating performance you can do. You've got 82 million people watching you... I get pumped up." Queen Latifah loves performing at the Super Bowl.


15th January 2012

Fact: Dolly Parton joined her Joyful Noise co-star Queen Latifah for a game of charades on U.S. TV show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday (13Jan12). The two stars beat Fallon and his sidekick thanks to Parton guessing Latifah's American Idol clues.


28th November 2011

Fact: Colombian actress Sofia Vergara has joined the likes of Taylor Swift, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and rapper/actress Queen Latifah as a spokesmodel for cosmetics brand CoverGirl.


19th July 2011

Fact: Queen Latifah has a new hit on her hands - her Single Ladies drama series has been picked up by VH1 network bosses for a second season. The show is executive produced by the rapper-turned-actress and revolves around the love lives of a fashion boutique owner, played by Stacey Dash, and her two friends in Atlanta, Georgia.


25th May 2011

Quote: "She has really huge breasts and I did, too. I felt like, 'OK, I can relate to that.' She wore them with pride." Queen Latifah on her love for Dolly Parton.


24th May 2011

Quote: "It kind of felt like being at the Olympics again. You wanted to carry a torch into this. It was really kind of magical, it was very melancholy. You want to participate in something like this because you love Oprah and you want to celebrate her 25 years (of hosting), but then as you're doing it, you're like, 'Wait a minute, Oprah's about to go off the air. No, I protest!'" Singer/actress Queen Latifah on attending Oprah Winfrey's star-studded farewell party in Chicago, Illinois last week (begs16May11).


28th March 2011

Quote: "This one was perfect, it was written and directed by Todd Graff, who's a wonderful writer, he just kind of tailor made it for me, my character. And so I said there's no way that I won't work with Queen Latifah because I love her. We had a ball making the show." Country star Dolly Parton jumped at the chance to make her movie comeback alongside the rapper-turned-actress in the upcoming film, Joyful Noise.


3rd February 2011

Fact: Queen Latifah is renting Jane Fonda's lavish Atlanta, Georgia home while she shoots new movie JOYFUL NOISE with Dolly Parton.


11th January 2011

Fact: Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, and Motown founder Berry Gordy were among those who gathered to honour singer Teena Marie at a private memorial service at California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Monday (10Jan11). The singer died on 27 December (10) of natural causes.


6th January 2011

Quote: "I definitely got to get in the gym. I had so much fun during the holidays. I didn't watch anything, I wasn't counting calories... I wasn't watching portion sizes... I'm not one of them half of split pea kind of girls." Queen Latifah's New Years resolution is to get back in shape after over-indulging during the holidays.


31st December 2010

Quote: "There’s something about growing up in New Jersey that prepares you for whatever you might encounter around the world. We’re not afraid to go places. I met Mike 'The Situation' (from Jersey Shore)... (and) he lives maybe 15 minutes from me. He was like, 'If you ever get a flat tire, call me and I’ll hook you up.' I love Jersey." Queen Latifah loves her home state.


30th December 2010

Quote: "Make sure you have a sanctuary, because everybody in the world is going to be in your business. He happened to be born a prince; you happened to go to college and meet him. You’re two kids who fell in love. I just hope you have a happy life. And don’t take anything personally." Queen Latifah offers celebrity advice to Britain's future queen Kate Middleton, who will wed Prince William next year (11).


13th May 2010

Fact: Queen Latifah's mother's RITA is engaged to the musician who played saxophone in the hip-hop star's Grammy-winning 1994 video for hit single U.N.I.T.Y.


7th May 2010

Quote: "I love Greece. Mykonos makes me happy." Queen Latifah on her favourite retreat.


28th January 2010

Fact: Carrie Underwood and Queen Latifah will provide the entertainment before the Super Bowl on 7 February (10) - Underwood will perform the U.S. National Anthem, while Latifah will sing America the Beautiful.


11th January 2010

Fact: Queen Latifah's new women's fragrance Queen by Queen Latifah boasts an intoxicating ingredient - the potion is scented with tequila.


7th January 2010

Fact: Queen Latifah and Cloris Leachman teamed up for a bizarre spoof of cult horror movie Paranormal Activity, which aired during Wednesday's (06Jan10) People's Choice Awards telecast in America. Young Frankenstein star Leachman played a whip-wielding dominatrix called Mrs. Cloris, who was coaching a young couple how to make a sex tape. Show host Latifah also morphed into a The Twilight Saga: New Moon scene for a comedy skit opposite Robert Pattinson.


7th January 2010

Fact: Queen Latifah kicked off the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday (06Jan10) with her own rendition of I DREAMED A DREAM from Les Miserables, which propelled Susan Boyle to fame in 2009. During her cover, the event host poked fun at Steve Carell.


13th November 2009

Quote: "Michael Jackson thought I had nice cheekbones. He told my manager that... I thought that was special." Queen Latifah on a career highlight.


13th November 2009

Fact: Queen Latifah's pals call her 'Naked Girl' because "I like to be in the nude at home - I let it all hang out."


12th November 2009

Fact: Queen Latifah's new fragrance, Queen, has a hint of tequila.


11th November 2009

Fact: Queen Latifah, Sting, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon will design a line of scarves for Tonic.com to benefit the non-profit organisation Citta, and its women’s centres in Nepal and India.


15th October 2009

Quote: "It was in Manhattan, when we were shooting (the film) JUST WRIGHT), and somebody was like, 'Is that Missy Elliott?' Um, yeah. We look nothing alike either, which is the funniest part of it." Queen Latifah on getting mistaken for the Get Ur Freak On rapper.


16th September 2009

Quote: "I always wish they had made a movie together." Queen Latifah would have been the first person in line if Michael Jackson and his sister Janet had teamed up on the big screen.


7th August 2009

Fact: HEROES actress Dania Ramirez has signed on as the new face of CoverGirl. The TV beauty joins Rihanna, Drew Barrymore and Queen Latifah as spokesmodels for the make-up brand.


9th July 2009

Quote: "It was beautiful, it was poignant, it was sad, it was funny. It just had so many moments and it was wonderful to see the people who really knew him like Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie... and everyone just really celebrating the great entertainer that he was. (He was) a great human being." Queen Latifah on speaking at Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday (07Jul09), where she gave a touching public tribute to the King of Pop.


23rd May 2009

Quote: "I can't really see it... There's nothing to really to retire from. I'm having, like, fun... I really enjoy what I do." Queen Latifah dismisses reports she's planning to retire from showbusiness.


8th January 2009

Quote: "They send us Christmas cards every year... and, just looking at his beautiful family, I feel so bad that there's one that's now an angel." John Travolta's HAIRSPRAY co-star Queen Latifah mourns the loss of her friend's son JETT.


16th October 2008

Quote: "I've purposefully chosen not to play slaves and certain roles where they just show us as the victim. There are a bunch of scripts I have not done because I didn't want to be that person on screen." Queen Latifah.


7th October 2008

Quote: "I don't feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don't care if people think I'm gay or not... I don't have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life." Queen Latifah refuses to comment on rumours she's gay.


4th October 2008

Fact: Queen Latifah is set to appear on US TV comedy show Saturday Night Live this weekend (4Oct08), playing journalist and vice presidential debate moderator GWEN IFILL, in a sketch about Thursday's (2Oct08) debate between candidates Sarah Palin and JOE BIDEN.


3rd October 2008

Fact: Queen Latifah is celebrating after learning her mother is getting married. The actress/rapper's mum RITA is to wed her boyfriend BOBBY.


21st January 2008

Quote: "I do sneak over there sometimes to just look at it. But, no, I don't polish it." Queen Latifah is proud of her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


18th January 2008

Quote: I worked at Burger King when I was 15, I made burgers, I made drinks. And I had to clean the bathrooms. I must have been crazy for cleaning that for minimum wage." Queen Latifah on her first job.


17th January 2008

Quote: "Dolphin is actually my nickname. My friends and I picked these animals. If you were an animal, what would you be? And I picked dolphin. So that's what they call me." Queen Latifah reveals her unusual moniker.


20th December 2007

Quote: "When I got my first cheque from my record company, I bought a Volkswagen Jetta from a salvage yard for $1,500 (GBP750). I added a sound system and some rims, and I was rolling. It was a hot car." Queen Latifah on her first big purchase after making it big.


20th November 2007

Fact: The cast of HAIRSPRAY, including John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron, will be honoured with the Ensemble Performance Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in January (08).


26th October 2007

Quote: "Always a two-piece in Europe, because you see everything on the beach whether you want to or not, so you don't feel bad." Singer/actress Queen Latifah is more likely to flaunt her buxom figure in Europe than in America.


15th October 2007

Fact: U.S. diet firm Jenny Craig will co-sponsor rapper/singer Queen Latifah's upcoming tour - even though the larger-than-life star is not among the stars publicly endorsing the company's diet plan. Actresses Kirstie Allen and Valerie Bertonelli are Jenny Craig's official spokeswomen.


17th September 2007

Fact: The Sopranos star Aida Turturro is set to follow Queen Latifah and Kelly Osbourne to prison - she'll play MAMA MORTON in hit musical Chicago on Broadway. Osbourne is currently wowing London audiences as Mama Morton, while Latifah played the role in the 2002 Chicago movie.


7th September 2007

Quote: "I was wondering if anyone noticed the subtle irony... I was like, 'What is the universe telling me?' They're all looking like, 'Congratulations, loud mouth!'" Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge on receiving her 2007 Best Song Oscar from John Travolta and Queen Latifah, who have both been labelled closet gays in recent media reports.


28th August 2007

Quote: "My forties will be more about spending time with my family or raising one myself... I just want to make my mother a grandmother... That will be the next career move for me." Queen Latifah has her sights set on motherhood.


9th July 2007

Quote: "I lose weight when I feel like it. If the proportion size gets too big and the gym gets too infrequent then I sort of try and balance it back out. I never try to lose weight for someone else." Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah is her own woman.


9th July 2007

Quote: "I lose weight when I feel like it. If the proportion size gets too big and the gym gets too infrequent then I sort of try and balance it back out. I never try to lose weight for someone else." Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah is her own woman.


13th February 2007

Fact: Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah have teamed up to produce a new documentary, THE HIP HOP PROJECT, about a homeless teenager who inspires a group of New York teens to transform their life stories into powerful art.


25th March 2006

Quote: "It was the hair. I was like, 'The hair is getting better and better, I've got a little Tina Turner in there when she was in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome'." Queen Latifah explains the attraction of voicing woolly mammoth ELLIE in animated film Ice Age 2: THE MELTDOWN.


8th February 2006

Quote: <p>" You know, I won one of the damn things and I still can't figure it out." Grammy winner Queen Latifah, when asked what the difference was between Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammys. </p>


17th January 2006

Quote: <p>"I just had to go see it without all the media and the fanfare to make sure it was real." Queen Latifah made a detour on her way to the Golden Globe Awards last night (16JAN06) to check out her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. </p>


13th January 2006

Quote: <p>"I've never been to Disneyworld, not even Disneyland and I made Disney a lot of money." Queen Latifah. </p>


10th January 2006

Quote: <p>"He's from the land of fine-a*s men. It's a small country in Africa." Queen Latifah admits to a crush on Beauty Shop co-star Djimon Hounsou. </p>


10th January 2006

Fact: <p>Queen Latifah became the first hip-hop star to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week (ends06JAN06). </p>


9th January 2006

Quote: <p>"I was a big Errol Flynn fan, I loved the swashbuckler movies... I liked this ROBIN HOOD dud, he's alright... He was handsome. I had the biggest crush on Errol Flynn." Queen Latifah admits her first crush was on movie icon Errol Flynn. </p>


5th January 2006

Fact: <p>The star Queen Latifah unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday (04JAN05) was the famous landmark's 2,298th. </p>


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