Sanaa Lathan

 

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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

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Sanaa Lathan

Born 1971-09-19 (47 years ago) in New York City, New York, USA.
Height 170 centimeters.

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Love & Basketball) 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 Love & Basketball
BET Award for Best Actress (Love & Basketball) BET Awards 2001 2001 Love & Basketball
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) 57th Drama Desk Awards 2012 By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Nip/Tuck) 38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 Nip/Tuck
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Something New) 2006 Black Movie Awards 2006 Something New
BET Award for Best Actress (Out of Time) BET Awards 2004 2004 Out of Time
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun) 58th Tony Awards 2004 A Raisin in the Sun
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry (Brown Sugar) 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2003 Brown Sugar
BET Award for Best Actress (Brown Sugar) BET Awards 2003 2003 Brown Sugar
BET Award for Best Actress (Love & Basketball) BET Awards 2001 2001 Love & Basketball
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead (Love & Basketball) 16th Independent Spirit Awards 2001 Love & Basketball
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry (Love & Basketball) 2000 Teen Choice Awards 2000 Love & Basketball
Parents

Eleanor McCoy, Stan Lathan

Siblings

Tendaji Lathan, Colette Lathan

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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. The film also received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding 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. Alien vs. Predator was a major success grossing over $171 million worldwide. 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. Lathan's next role is in the Stephen Soderbergh thriller Contagion (2011) where she stars alongside Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne.

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