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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah, the acclaimed actress, singer and business mogul met up with ABC's Lara Spencer at Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley in New York City to talk about her new film,"Joyful Noise," juggling her multifaceted career and what inspires her.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Born Dana Owens on March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah was raised by a single mother in East Orange, N.J., where church, faith and family were a huge part of her upbringing. She changed her name to Latifah, which means "very kind" in Arabic, after finding a Muslim book of names when she was young. Latifah is shown here with her mother Rita in this undated photo.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    "I did grow up in a church and my aunt has been a choir director since I was a little kid, and my mother directs the choir in her church," Latifah told Spencer. Shown here is Latifah in this undated baby photo.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah began her career in the hip-hop scene when she started beatboxing with the musical group Ladies Fresh in 1988, and released her first rap album, "All Hail the Queen," in 1989. Shown here is Latifah in this 1989 photo.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah, center, is shown in this 1989 file photo. From hip-hop and rap, Latifah eventually shifted to singing soul and jazz, and performed concerts with a live orchestra. In 2004, she released a soul/jazz album, "The Dana Owens Album." Her 2007 album, "Trav'lin Light," was nominated for a Grammy.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah and Chris Mullen during 1992 MTV Rock 'n' Jock Basketball. Throughout the '90s, Latifah starred in several films, including "Jungle Fever," (1991) "Juice" (1992) and "The Bone Collector" (1999). She earned critical acclaim for her role as a lesbian bank robber in "Set It Off" (1996). In addition, Latifah had a role on popular TV series, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Living Single."
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah at a video shoot in 2000. The rapper turned actress told Lara Spencer hip-hop helped get her into the acting groove. "I think coming from a musical background, from a rapper or a singer, it's helped me in my acting career, you know, with timing, with rhythm and you know, even 'Living Single' like-- that timing that you have to have on a sitcom, it was kinda natural to me," she said.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    From 1999 to 2001, Queen Latifah hosted her own talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show." Shown here is Latifah giving a thumbs up after a show taping with then-Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Al Gore on Oct. 26, 2000.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    In a glamorous revival, Queen Latifah landed the role of the voluptuous Mama Warden in the 2002 film adaption of the musical "Chicago." Her booming voice and saucy portrayal earned her both a Gloden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah starred alongside Steve Martin and Eugene Levy in the 2003 comedic film, "Bringing Down the House," which became a box office smash. Having tapped into her funny bone, Latifah went on to star in "Scary Movie 3" (2003), "Taxi" (2004), "Beauty Shop" (2005) and "Last Holiday" (2006).
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    In 2006, Queen Latifah was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Shown here is Latifah in Hollywood, Calif., on Jan. 4, 2006.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    In 2007, Queen Latifah starred as Motormouth Maybelle in the musical movie revival of the 1960's film, "Hairspray," along with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron. Shown here is Latifah at the Los Angeles premiere of "Hairspray" on July 10, 2007.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah became the first woman of color to be a spokesperson for the make-up line, CoverGirl, in 2008. "I don't think I'm an ultra girlie-girl. I think I'm kind of a woman's woman, if you will…I can kind of get down and dirty, but I can also get really beautiful," Latifah told ABC's Lara Spencer.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Not one to shy away from her musical roots, Queen Latifah has continued singing, and even wrote and recorded songs for the soundtracks of some of the movies she has starred in. In 2010, Latifah and Carrie Underwood performed "America the Beautiful" at the Super Bowl, hosted in Miami, Fla.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    Queen Latifah's latest movie venture is "Joyful Noise." The musical comedy written and directed by Todd Graff focuses on a church choir in a small town struggling through tough times. Latifah not only stars in the film opposite country music legend Dolly Parton (left), but is also the movie's executive producer.
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  • Queen Latifah Through the Years

    In a January interveiw for "Nightline," Queen Latifah went bowling with ABC's Lara Spencer at Bowlmor Lanes with ABC's Lara Spencer in New York City.
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