Sanaa Lathan is an American actress. She voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show and in all concurrent and subsequent Family Guy appearances. She has starred in many films, including The Best Man and its 2013 sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Her other film credits include Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator, Something New, The Family That Preys, Contagion and Now You See Me 2. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun and starred in 2010 in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.

Birth Name

Sanaa McCoy Lathan

Nickname

Nana

Profession

Actress

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Sanaa Lathan was born on the 19th of September 1971, in New York City, New York, United States.

Age

She’s currently 48 years old.

Residence

Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign

Virgo

Ethnicity

Black

She has African-American ancestry.

Religion

Christianity

Education

Sanaa studied at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Lathan then attended Yale University and earned a master’s degree in drama.

Family Details

  • Father – Stan Lathan (Producer, Director)

  • Mother – Eleanor McCoy (Broadway Performer)
  • Siblings – Tendaji Lathan (Brother) (DJ)
  • Relatives – Stanley Edward Lathan (Paternal Grandfather), Julia Elizabeth Dunston (Paternal Grandmother), Wesley Brice McCoy (Maternal Grandfather)

Marital Status

Divorced

Boyfriend / Spouse

Sanaa Lathan has dated –

  • Shemar Moore (1989-1996) – After dating for a brief period of time, Sanaa got engaged to actor and model, Shemar Moore in 1989. The couple got married in May 1990. However, things didn’t work out between them and they separated in 1996.
  • Wesley Snipes (2000) – Sanaa reportedly dated actor Wesley Snipes in 2000.
  • Omar Epps (1999-2002) – She started dating actor and rapper, Omar Epps in 1999. They dated for almost 3 years before breaking up in 2002.
  • Colin Kaepernick (2013) – Sanaa was rumored to be dating professional football player Colin Kaepernick in 2013.

  • French Montana (2015) – Rapper French Montana and Sanaa were rumored to have been dating in 2015. Claims of Sanaa being pregnant with his child were also being made at that time. However, during an appearance on The Reel, he denied all such rumors.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 7 inches
  • In centimeters – 170 cm
  • In meters – 1.7 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 56 kg
  • In Pounds – 124 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-25-36
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 33B

Body Build

Voluptuous

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black (Natural)

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Sanaa made a major breakthrough in her career when she starred alongside Omar Epps in the romantic drama Love & Basketball in 2000. She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as the love interest of Epps.

Film Debut

In 1997, Sanaa made her theatrical film debut as Carolyn Brody in Drive.

Television Debut

In 1996, she made her first television show appearance as Charese on the sitcom, In The House.

Brand Endorsements

Sanaa has done endorsement work for several brands such as Gucci, Zimmerman, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Mugler & CELINE.

Awards & Nominations

Year Nominated Work Award Category Result
2001 Love & Basketball BET Award Best Actress Won
2001 Love & Basketball Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Nominated
2001 Love & Basketball Black Reel Award Best Actress Won
2001 Disappearing Acts Black Reel Award Best Actress Nominated
2001 Love & Basketball NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won
2003 Brown Sugar NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2003 Brown Sugar Black Reel Award Best Actress Nominated
2003 A Raisin in the Sun Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
2004 Out of Time Black Reel Award Best Actress Won
2004 Out of Time NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2004 A Raisin in the Sun Theatre World Award Best Female Lead Won
2006 Something New Black Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
2006 Something New Black Reel Award Best Actress Nominated
2007 Something New NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2007 Nip/Tuck NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2008 The Family That Preys Black Reel Award Best Actress Nominated
2009 A Raisin in the Sun NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Mini-Series Nominated
2012 By The Way, Meet Vera Stark Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress Won
2012 By The Way, Meet Vera Stark Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
2016 The Perfect Guy NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won
2019 Nappily Ever After NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2019 The Affair (TV series) NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Sanaa Lathan Favorites

  • Favorite Medicinal Herb – Zane Hellas Pure Greek Essential Oil of Oregano With 86 Percent Minimum Carvacrol
  • Favorite Low-Calorie Chocolate Brand – Keto Bark from ChocZero
  • Favorite Antiperspirant – Home Health Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant, Unscented
  • Favorite Fitness Trampoline – Bellicon Classic 39 Fitness Trampoline
  • Favorite Hair Oil – Caudalie Vinotherapie Divine Oil
  • Favorite Mascara – L’Oréal Paris Carbon Black Voluminous Volume Building Mascara in Carbon Black
  • Favorite Sneakers – Alexander McQueen Metallic Leather Exaggerated-sole Sneakers
  • Favorite Incense – Nag Champa Satya Sai Baba Temple Incense Cones Carton
  • Favorite Apparel Brand – ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Long Sleeve Crew Tee
  • Favorite Color – Black
  • Favorite Food – Pizza

Sanaa Lathan Net worth

Sanaa Lathan has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanaa Lathan

  • Sanaa was 5 years old when she met the legendary singer-songwriter, Bob Marley.
  • Sanaa in Swahili means work of art and beauty.
  • She was a natural athlete and trained in gymnastics and dance at a young age. She was also exposed to the entertainment industry due to her parents. She performed in a number of plays with the Black Theatre Workshop in her younger days.
  • She appeared in a number of Shakespearean plays during her Yale University days. She was encouraged by her father to take up roles in TV serials such as In the House, NYPD Blue and Family Matters. She finally moved to California to boost her acting career.
  • In 1998, Lathan earned a degree of recognition with her role as the mother of Wesley Snipes title character in Blade.
  • In 2000, she was featured as Ebony magazine’s 55 Most Beautiful People.
  • In 2001, she was cast in the multicultural comedy movie Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. This was closely followed by her role as an aspiring singer and songwriter in the movie Disappearing Acts.
  • In 2003, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in Out of Time. The following year, she was cast in the lead role in Alien vs. Predator. The film was a major success grossing over $171 million worldwide.
  • 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 an ABC Network production of A Raisin in the Sun.
  • In 2009, Lathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the drama Wonderful World.
  • She loves animals and has three dogs that keep her company.
  • In 2011, Lathan co-starred in the Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion alongside Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne.
  • In 2011, Lathan starred with Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker in Repentance, a psychological thriller directed by Phillipe Caland.
  • In 2013, Lathan reprised her role in The Best Man′s sequel, The Best Man Holiday.
  • In 2016, she was cast with the ensemble of the sequel of Now You See Me entitled Now You See Me 2, which was a box-office success, and she was cast in the Sci Fi movie Approaching the Unknown.
  • In 2017, Lathan returned to TV in a lead role in the series Shots Fired and also appeared in the movie American Assassin.
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