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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 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.
    CoverGirl
  • 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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