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Sanaa Lathan

Biography

American film and voice actor that has appeared in a number of effective productions, including A Raisin in sunlight. Her performance gained her a Dark Reel Award for Greatest Celebrity. She graduated through the College or university of California, Berkeley using a level in British. She was nominated to get a Tony Prize in 2003 on her behalf function in the play, A Raisin in sunlight. She became romantically associated with professional Omar Epps. She’s a younger sibling called Tendaji Lathan. She starred within the 2003 film, Out of Period, opposing Denzel Washington.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sanaa Lathan
Date Of Birth September 19, 1971
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.7 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, Yale School of Drama
Nationality American
Parents Stan Lathan, Eleanor McCoy
Siblings Tendaji Lathan, Colette Lathan, Arielle Lathan, Lilane Lathan
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, BET Award for Best Actress, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Movies Love & Basketball, The Perfect Guy, The Best Man Holiday, The Best Man, Alien vs. Predator, Now You See Me 2, Out of Time, Something New, Brown Sugar, The Family That Preys, American Assassin, Disappearing Acts, Blade, Vipaka, The Wood, Approaching the Unknown, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, A Raisin in the Sun, Wonderful World, Contagion, Powder Blue, The Golden Blaze, Miracle in the Woods, Drive, Life, Tilda, War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave, Night of the Hurricane, Macbett (The Caribbean Macbeth), Nappily Ever After
TV Shows Shots Fired, The Cleveland Show, Boss, Nip/Tuck, LateLine, Built to Last
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1Appearing on Broadway as Beneatha in "Raisin In The Sun". [April 2004]
2Graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a B.A. in English.
3Sister of Tendaji Lathan.
4Alfre Woodard has played Sanaa's mother in three different films: Something New (2006), Love & Basketball (2000) and The Family That Preys (2008).
5She is African-American.
6Gained 20 pounds for her role in Disappearing Acts (2000).
7Voted one of Ebony magazine's 55 Most Beautiful People. [2000]
8Says her name is pronounced Sa-NA, "like Sinatra without the tra".
9Her name is Swahili for "work of art".
10Yale School of Drama graduate.
11Sanaa was raised partly in Beverly Hills with her father, director Stan Lathan, and partly in New York with her mother, Eleanor McCoy, a Broadway stage actress.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shots Fired2017TV Series post-productionAshe Bell
Macbett: The Black Macbeth2016announcedLady Macbett
American AssassinfilmingIrene Kennedy
Approaching the Unknown2016Emily Maddox
Now You See Me 22016Deputy Director Natalie Austin
Family Guy2010-2016TV SeriesDonna Tubbs / Muhammad Ali's Wife / Clair Huxtable
The Perfect Guy2015/ILeah
The Best Man Holiday2013Robyn
The Cleveland Show2009-2013TV SeriesDonna Tubbs
Repentance2013/IMaggie Carter
Boss2012TV SeriesMona Fredricks
Tilda2011TV MovieSasha Litt
Contagion2011Aubrey Cheever
Wonderful World2009Khadi
Powder Blue2009Diana
The Family That Preys2008Andrea
A Raisin in the Sun2008TV MovieBeneatha Younger
CR: Alien vs. Predator2007Video GameAlexa Woods
Nip/Tuck2006TV SeriesMichelle Landau
Something New2006/IKenya Denise McQueen
The Golden Blaze2005VideoMonica (voice)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator2004Alexa Woods
Out of Time2003/IAnn Merai Harrison
Brown Sugar2002Sidney 'Syd' Shaw
Disappearing Acts2000TV MovieZora Banks
The Smoker2000ShortRoxanne
Love & Basketball2000Monica Wright
The Best Man1999Robin
The Wood1999Alicia
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce1999Nina
Life1999/IDaisy
LateLine1998-1999TV SeriesBriana Gilliam
Blade1998Vanessa
NYPD Blue1998TV SeriesShirley Barish
Miracle in the Woods1997TV MovieYoung Lilly
Built to Last1997TV SeriesLinda
Drive1997Carolyn Brody
Family Matters1997TV SeriesAllison
Moesha1996TV SeriesEbony
In the House1996TV SeriesCharese

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Perfect Guy2015/Iexecutive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cleveland Show2009TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boss, Season 2: The King and His Court2013Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHerself
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
The Real2015TV SeriesHerself
Let's Go, DFW!2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
Reel Junkie2015TV SeriesHerself
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHerself
The Chew2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHerself
Punk'd2015TV SeriesHerself
The Boris & Nicole Show2015TV SeriesHerself
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The Insider2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHerself
Real Husbands of Hollywood2014TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2011-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Playboy Morning Show2013TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2012-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Host
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain2011DocumentaryHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
E! Buzz with Carla B2011ShortHerself
Brave New Voices 20102010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Angela and Friends2010TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself
Lens on Talent2009TV SeriesHerself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
Baisden After Dark2008TV SeriesHerself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Dreams Worth While: The Journey of 'A Raisin in the Sun'2008Video shortHerself
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The Tyra Banks Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006TV SeriesHerself
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 3rd Annual Vibe Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
The Directors2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHerself
HBO First Look2000-2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Out of Time: Crime Scene2004Video documentary shortHerself
AVP: Production2004Video documentaryHerself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003TV SeriesHerself
3rd Annual BET Awards2003TV Special documentaryHerself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2013TV Series documentaryAlexa Woods
Blade: The Series2006TV SeriesVanessa Brooks
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016All Def Movie AwardAll Def Movie AwardsBest ActressThe Perfect Guy (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureThe Perfect Guy (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastThe Best Man Holiday (2013)· Eddie Cibrian
· Morris Chestnut
· Terrence Howard
· Taye Diggs
· Harold Perrineau
· Regina Hall
· Melissa De Sousa
· Nia Long
· Monica Calhoun
2006WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Female Images in a MovieSomething New (2006)
2004Best Performance by an ActressAmerican Black Film FestivalOut of Time (2003)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best ActressOut of Time (2003)
2001Rising Star AwardAcapulco Black Film Festival
2001BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActressLove & Basketball (2000)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActressLove & Basketball (2000)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureLove & Basketball (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2011PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingContagion (2011)· Gwyneth Paltrow
· Kate Winslet
· Jude Law
· Laurence Fishburne
· Marion Cotillard
· Matt Damon
· John Hawkes
· Bryan Cranston
· Jennifer Ehle
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialA Raisin in the Sun (2008)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActressThe Family That Preys (2008)
2007Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActressSomething New (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNip/Tuck (2003)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureSomething New (2006)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleSomething New (2006)
2004BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActressOut of Time (2003)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureOut of Time (2003)
2003BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActressBrown Sugar (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActressBrown Sugar (2002)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureBrown Sugar (2002)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie LiplockBrown Sugar (2002)· Taye Diggs
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie ChemistryBrown Sugar (2002)· Taye Diggs
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActressDisappearing Acts (2000)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadLove & Basketball (2000)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureThe Best Man (1999)
2000Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ChemistryLove & Basketball (2000)· Omar Epps


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#Quote
1I grew up in the business. My dad is a director/producer and my mom is a dancer, she performed with Alvin Ailey, but I didn't even think about becoming an actress.


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