Sanaa Lathan Biography

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Date of Birth 1971-09-19
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Education at University of California, Berkeley Yale School of Drama
Name on Birth Sanaa McCoy Lathan
Height 5'7''
Nick Name Sanaa Lathan
Place of Birth New York City, New York, U.S.

Sanaa Lathan nicknamed for Sanaa McCoy Lathan is an American actress. She is also a voice actress. Sanaa has been famous for her many successful films to date. Some of her successful films include The Best Man and the 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator and The Family That Preys.

On addition in 2010, she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London. She has been known as one of the academically competitive and wanting personality to attain proficiency to become a successful personality. Talking about her previous life, she was born on September 19, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA to her mother Eleanor McCocy and her father Stan Lathan. Her mother used to perform on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt and her father used to work behind the scenes in television of PBS. She was exposed to the life of entertainment and stars at a very early age, which had a profound impact upon her life.

As a child, she was nurtured in athletics and the arts, through training in Gymnastics and Dance. Later her parents separated with divorce. That incident left a great impact on her life. Despite of such sad event she still chose to stay in contact with them by being shuttled to live between them, both, in New York and Los Angeles. For her academic qualification, Sanaa began her college matriculation, attending the University of California at Berkeley in the liberal arts division, studying English. While an undergraduate, she continued to nurture the latent desire to express herself through the arts by performing with the "Black Theatre Workshop". She had planned to study English after her college but her fate was sealed as she was encouraged to apply to the Masters program at the Yale School of Drama by a recruiter.

Through the three years of the training and skill attainment that Yale provided, Sanaa was able to visualize how she could effectively combine her talents, giftedness and intelligence to express herself through this powerfully expressive art form called acting. She gained a love for the stage and the drama greats, like William Shakespeare, by performing in school productions such as "Othello", "Romeo and Juliet", "The Winter's Tale" and "Twelfth Night". After that she moved to New York to her mother, there she began her career performing in off-Broadway productions, such as "Por' Knockers" and "A Movie Star Has to Be Born in Black and White". After seeing her perform in a number of productions and realizing her skill and ambitions, her father counseled and encouraged her to move to California, to get into the hot-bed of action that Hollywood could provide her in the business.

At the beginning, she initiated from television level which includes shows as, In the House (1995), Moesha (1996), NYPD Blue (1993), Family Matters (1989) and the made-for-TV movie, Miracle in the Woods (1997), playing the younger character opposite Della Reese. During that same period, she won raves and a Best Actress nod from the Los Angeles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee for her performance in To Take Arms. Later in 1998, Lathan successfully earned a degree of recognition with her role as the mother of Wesley Snipes' title character in Blade. In 2000, Lathan appeared in the Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues along with Teri Garr and Julianna Margulies. In 2001, Lathan earned additional acclaim for her work in the multicultural comedy film Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. She has been counted among those actresses who won many awards in very short period. In 2001, she was awarded by best actress award. Taking her awards in account, it can be easily concluded that she has been one of the best actresses of Hollywood film industry. Her fans can follow her on twitter @justsanaa. Sanaa is going to produce and star in the movie adaptation of Omar Tyree’s ‘Flyy Girl’.