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Sanaa Lathan Biography, Age, Husband, Net Worth, Beyonce Biter, Movies and TV Shows

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Sanaa Lathan Biography

Sanaa McCoy Lathan popularly known as Sanaa Lathan is an American actress  born on 19th September 1971 in New York City, U.S. Her first name ‘Sanaa‘ means “artistry” in Swahili and “shining light” in Arabic.

Her mother Eleanor McCoy, was an actress and dancer and performed on Broadway. Her father, Stan Lathan, was a producer and director. He produced shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. Her parents divorced while she was still young. She has a brother Tendaji Lathan who is a popular DJ.

Sanaa Lathan Date of Birth | Age

She was born on 19 September, 1971. As of today, 2018, her age is  46 years old.

Occupation

Actress

Sanaa Lathan Parents

Her mother is Eleanor McCoy while his father is Stan Lathan

Sanaa Lathan Brother

She has a brother Tendaji Lathan who is a popular DJ.

Sanaa Lathan Education Background

She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a master’s degree holder in drama from Yale University.

Sanaa Lathan Career

She began her career in acting while at Yale university and performed in a number of Shakespeare’s plays, Lathan earned acclaim both off- Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage.

She gained television roles on episodes of television shows such as In the House, Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Moesha. She won raves and a Best Actress nod from the Los Angeles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee for her performance in To Take Arms.

In 1998 she became popular for her role as the mother of Wesley Snipestitle character in Blade. She went on to feature in many television shows and movies.

In 2001 she won a 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 for her performance in Love & Basketball.

In 2004 she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun.

Sanaa Lathan Husband

Sanaa is not married and has in many occasions she has made it clear it is her choice to be single. During an interview with the US Weely in 2015 she said;

‘Yet there’s this whole idea that if you’re a single woman that somehow you cannot keep a man or something. The truth is, I’m really happy. It’s not like there are people who wouldn’t want to be with me. But I have worked so hard to create this life and I’m in a pretty good place. If I have a partner to walk through life that would be great, But if that doesn’t happen, I feel great. I have great friends and great family. I have fun.’

Even though she is single at the moment she has been linked to a couple of guys in the past here is a preview;

Sanaa Lathan Children

Sanaa has no children but in 2015 she fell vitim to a pregnancy hoax. A photo of her cradling her belly surfaced in the media and the rumor mill took it as pregnancy. It was speculated that the father of the child was French Montana, being the last celebrity boyfriend of Lathan at that time. The actress took to social media to shut down the rumour mill.

Sanaa Lathan Net Worth

Sa naa has a net worth of $4 million (£2.8m).

Sanaa Lathan Biting Beyonce

In December 2017 during a Jay-Z concert after party Beyonce was reportedly bit by an actress and this was revealed by Tiffany Haddish in March 2018 during an interview with GQ magazine. She told the magazine that she was nearly arrested at the concert after party for trying to fight an actress who bite Beyonce.

Tiffany told the publication she wanted to retaliate, but was told by Queen Bey: ‘Tiffany, no. Don’t do that. That b**** is on drugs. She not even drunk. The b**** is on drugs. She not like that all the time. Just chill.’

Tiffany did not mention the biter but people began to speculate that it was Sanaa. She refuted the claims in a tweet saying;

On 13th June 2018 Tiffany confirmed social media suspicions that Sanaa Lathan is the person who famously bit Beyonce. She told The Hollywood Reporter she’s close with Sanaa’s family and they weren’t thrilled with the publicity.

‘I’m super good friends with her stepmom and her dad [Stan, a producer-director], and they were mad at me. They were like, “Why would you do this to the family? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it’s so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career?” But I didn’t try to ruin her career. I never said her name! I was just trying to say how Beyonce kept me from goin’ to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.’

 

Sanaa Lathan Movies

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Miracle in the Woods Young Lilly
Drive Carolyn Brody
1998 Blade Vanessa Brooks
1999 The Wood Alicia
The Best Man Robyn
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Nina
Life Daisy
2000 Love & Basketball Monica Wright
2002 Brown Sugar Sidney “Sid” Shaw
2003 Out of Time Ann Merai Harrison
2004 Alien vs. Predator Alexa “Lex” Woods
2005 The Golden Blaze Monica (voice) Direct-to-video film
2006 Something New Kenya McQueen
2008 The Family That Preys Andrea Pratt-Bennett
2009 Wonderful World Khadi
Powder Blue Diana
2011 Contagion Aubrey Cheever
2013 The Best Man Holiday Robyn Stewart
Repentance Maggie Carter
2015 The Perfect Guy Leah Vaughn
2016 Approaching the Unknown Captain Emily Maddox
Now You See Me 2 Natalie Austin
2017 American Assassin Deputy Director Irene Kennedy
2018 Happily Ever After Violet Jones In post-production
2019 Native Son Trudy Thomas In post-production

Sanaa Lathan TV Shows

Year Title Role Notes
1996 In the House Charese Episode: “The Curse of Hill House”
1996 Moesha Ebony Episodes: “A Concerted Effort” (Parts 1 & 2)
1997 Family Matters Allison Episode: “Revenge of the Nerd”
1998 NYPD Blue Shirley Barish Episode: “You’re Under a Rasta”
1998–1999 LateLine Briana Gilliam Regular role
2000 Disappearing Acts Zora Banks Television film
2006 Nip/Tuck Michelle Landau Recurring role
2008 A Raisin in the Sun Beneatha Younger Television film
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Donna Tubbs (voice) Regular role
2010–present Family Guy Donna Tubbs (voice) Recurring role (season 8–13)
Regular role (season 14–)
2011 Tilda Sasha Litt Unsold HBO pilot
2012 Boss Mona Fredricks Regular role
2014 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself Episode: Rolling with my Roomie
2017 Shots Fired Ashe Akino Lead role; 10 episodes
2018 The Affair Jenelle Recurring role ( Season 4 )

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