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Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa McCoy Lathan was born in New York City on September 19, 1971. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. Lathan contemplated a career in law, but instead enrolled at the Yale School of Drama. Following her training at Yale, she performed in a number of Shakespeare's plays and earned acclaim both off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage. She later found early television roles on episodes of such shows as In the House, Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Moesha. During that same period, she was awarded Best Actress from the Los Angeles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee for her performance in To Take Arms. In 1998, Lathan starred as the mother of Wesley Snipes' title character in Blade. She followed with a role in Life and back-to-back turns in and The Wood and The Best Man for which Lathan received a NAACP Image Award nomination. She was then cast as the love interest of Omar Epps in Prince-Bythewood's Love & Basketball. Her performance in Love & Basketball earned her the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress and a BET Award. In 2001, Lathan earned additional acclaim for her work in the multicultural comedy Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. Next was her second collaboration with Prince-Bythewood: Disappearing Acts; which was based on a novel by Terry McMillan. For her work in the film, Lathan earned an Essence Award for Best Actress. That year, she was named by Ebony magazine as one of its 55 Most Beautiful People. In 2002, Lathan starred in the romantic comedy, Brown Sugar. Lathan’s performance earned a NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. In 2004, Lathan starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad. Lathan received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger. Several years later, Lathan reprised the role in a critically acclaimed ABC Network production of A Raisin in the Sun. Lathan subsequently starred in several major Hollywood films, including Alien vs. Predator, which was Lathan's biggest role to date. Out of Time was also an important role for Lathan as she played the plot-twist antagonist, sharing the screen with Denzel Washington. In 2006, Lathan co-starred with Simon Baker in Something New, a romantic comedy about an interracial relationship. Lathan appeared in a recurring role as Michelle Landau in another interracial relationship as the much younger wife of a Texas businessman (Larry Hagman) during the fourth season of the television series, Nip/Tuck. Lathan played Andrea in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys in 2008. In 2009, Lathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the drama Wonderful World. She also began voicing the character Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show. Retuning back to the stage in 2010 she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.

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Sep 19, 1971 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Musicool
Latest Project:
Movie American Assassin 2017-09-14
Known For
Poster of Y de repente tú
Poster of 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park
Poster of Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler
Poster of Musicool
Series Musicool Natalie Austin 2018
Movie American Assassin Irene Kennedy 2017-09-14
Series Fuego abierto Ashe Akino 2017-03-22
Movie The Best Man Wedding Robin 2016-04-15
Movie Now You See Me 2 Natalie Austin 2016-06-02
Movie El plan de Maggie Unknown 2016-04-27
Movie Rumbo a lo desconocido Captain Emily Maddox 2016-06-03
Movie Un accidente llamado amor Unknown 2015-02-10
Movie El chico perfecto Leah 2015-09-11
Movie Del revés Monica Wright 2015-06-09
Movie Y de repente tú Mona Fredricks 2015-07-17
Movie The Skeleton Twins Robin 2014-01-18
Movie Repentance Maggie 2014-02-28
Movie La desaparición de Eleanor Rigby Alicia 2014-05-14
Movie La desaparición de Eleanor Rigby: Ella Robin 2014-10-10
Movie ¿Venís juntos? Diana 2014-06-27
Movie La desaparición de Eleanor Rigby: Él Aubrey Cheever 2014-10-10
Movie Infiltrados en la universidad Maggie 2014-06-05
Movie Turbo Khadi 2013-07-11
Movie Star Trek: En la oscuridad Unknown 2013-05-05
Movie Cosas que hacer antes de los 18 Kenya Denise McQueen 2013-07-24
Movie Clear history Andrea 2013-08-10
Movie El reencuentro Robyn 2013-11-15
Movie Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Captain Emily Maddox 2013-09-02
Series Crossing Lines Unknown 2013-08-22
Movie Lluvia de albóndigas 2 Vanessa 2013-09-26
Movie Nantucket Film Festival's Comedy Roundtable Sidney 'Syd' Shaw 2012-09-27
Movie The Secret Policeman's Ball Zora Banks 2012-03-04
Movie Paul Ann Merai Harrison 2011-02-14
Movie Las nuevas aventuras de Caperucita Roja Beneatha Younger 2011-04-29
Movie 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park Linda 2011-10-09
Series Boss Mona Fredricks 2011-10-21
Movie Contagio Aubrey Cheever 2011-09-08
Movie Saturday Night Leah 2010-05-02
Movie Wonderful World Khadi 2009-01-01
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler Briana Gilliam 2009-04-18
Movie Adventureland Alexa Woods 2009-04-03
Series El show de Cleveland Donna Tubbs (voice) 2009-09-27
Movie Noche en el museo 2 Daisy 2009-05-20
Movie Powder Blue Diana 2009-05-08
Movie Una sombra bajo el sol Beneatha Younger 2008-02-25
Movie The Family That Preys Andrea 2008-09-12
Movie Algo nuevo Kenya Denise McQueen 2006-01-29
Movie The Pity Card Robyn 2006-07-01
Movie Alien vs. Predator Alexa Woods 2004-08-12
Movie A contrarreloj Ann Merai Harrison 2003-10-03
Movie Inside Björk Unknown 2003-01-01
Movie Brown Sugar Sidney 'Syd' Shaw 2002-10-05
Movie Love & Basketball Monica Wright 2000-04-21
Movie Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Nina 2000-06-09
Movie Actos Desesperados Zora Banks 2000-12-09
Movie Condenados a fugarse Daisy 1999-04-16
Movie Colegas Alicia 1999-07-16
Movie El mejor amigo del novio Robin 1999-10-22
Movie Blade Vanessa 1998-08-21
Series LateLine Briana Gilliam 1998-03-17
Series Built to Last Linda 1997-09-24
Movie Fuerza máxima Carolyn Brody 1997-08-06