Latifah, a woman who's drawn such strength and joy from her family, is definitely interested in starting a family of her own — someday. But, she says, she's not quite ready yet.
Nonetheless, Latifah reassures her mom, that she'll get grandchildren.
In the meantime, Latifah gets headlines. People Magazine chose her this year as one of the "50 most Beautiful Women." And although producers have urged her to lose weight, she's always said, "take me as I am."
She said, "I know a lot of people who really aren't beautiful because their attitudes are very nasty. … Whether I make the 50 most beautiful list or not, I'm always going to feel like I'm number one most beautiful to myself. … I get that from my mom, and my daddy and my friends who raised me."
Rita said it's been a joy to watch her daughter grow into the woman she's become. "She represents the fruit of my labor, because I've pretty much sacrificed my teen years for my kids. My life, actually. So to know that that was not in vain. She has surpassed anything that I ever wanted her to be."