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Also Known As: Sanaa Mccoy Lathan Died:
Born: September 19, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actress

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Talented, versatile and intelligent were all terms used to accurately describe Sanaa Lathan throughout her career as a supporting and lead actress of film, television and stage. A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, Lathan quickly landed work on TV soon after making the transition to Hollywood from the New York theater scene. A minor role in the bloody comic book adaptation "Blade" (1998) led to more nuanced performances in projects such as the romantic comedy-dramas "The Wood" (1999) and "The Best Man" (1999). It was, however, her role as an aspiring hoops player alongside Omar Epps in the critical darling of that year's Sundance Film Festival, "Love and Basketball" (2000), that truly marked a breakthrough for the actress. Other roles included a pairing with superstar Denzel Washington in "Out of Time" (2003), a turn as the heroine in the big-budget spectacle "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" (2004), and the reprisal of a character she had originated on stage in "A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC, 2007). Ironically, it was her work off-camera that brought Lathan one of her more successful roles as the voice of the unflappable Donna Tubbs in "The Cleveland Show" (Fox, 2009- ). Whether she was cast in a...

Talented, versatile and intelligent were all terms used to accurately describe Sanaa Lathan throughout her career as a supporting and lead actress of film, television and stage. A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, Lathan quickly landed work on TV soon after making the transition to Hollywood from the New York theater scene. A minor role in the bloody comic book adaptation "Blade" (1998) led to more nuanced performances in projects such as the romantic comedy-dramas "The Wood" (1999) and "The Best Man" (1999). It was, however, her role as an aspiring hoops player alongside Omar Epps in the critical darling of that year's Sundance Film Festival, "Love and Basketball" (2000), that truly marked a breakthrough for the actress. Other roles included a pairing with superstar Denzel Washington in "Out of Time" (2003), a turn as the heroine in the big-budget spectacle "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" (2004), and the reprisal of a character she had originated on stage in "A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC, 2007). Ironically, it was her work off-camera that brought Lathan one of her more successful roles as the voice of the unflappable Donna Tubbs in "The Cleveland Show" (Fox, 2009- ). Whether she was cast in a high-octane action movie or as a member of an ensemble family drama, Lathan consistently brought an undeniable realism and integrity to each and every performance.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Perfect Guy, The (2015)
2.
 Ad Inexplorata (2014)
3.
 Vipaka (2013)
4.
5.
 Contagion (2011)
6.
 Powder Blue (2009)
7.
 Wonderful World (2009)
9.
10.
 Something New (2006)
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Spent childhood living in Los Angeles and New York
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Appeared onstage as part of Berkeley's Black Theater Workshop
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Acted on the New York stage in "A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White" at the Signature Theater Company
1996:
Headed to Los Angeles to work on stage and pursue a film acting career
1997:
Featured in the TV-movie "Miracle in the Woods" (CBS)
1997:
Acted in the action/adventure "Drive" (aired on HBO in lieu of theatrical release)
1998:
Played Emily Webb in South Coast Repertory's production of "Our Town"
1998:
Featured in the vampire action film "Blade"
1998:
Cast as a regular on the NBC sitcom "Lateline" (unaired episodes were broadcast on the Showtime network during the 1999-2000 season)
1999:
Played the adult incarnation of the protagonist's teenage love in Rick Famuyiwa's nostalgic drama "The Wood"
1999:
Featured in "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce," an independent drama about Vietnamese siblings raised by an African-American couple
1999:
Played the sweet but strong girlfriend of a commitment-shy novelist in the ensemble drama "The Best Man"
2000:
Featured in in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Love and Basketball"
2000:
Co-starred in HBO's production of Terry McMillan's "Disappearing Acts"; directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
2001:
Starred opposite Billy Crudup in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of "Measure for Measure" (June-July)
2002:
Co-starred in the romance feature "Brown Sugar"
2003:
Featured in "Out of Time" opposite Denzel Washington
2004:
Appeared on stage opposite Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad in "Raisin in the Sun"; received a Tony nomination
2004:
Cast in the big budget feature, "Alien vs. Predator"
2006:
Co-starred with Simon Baker in the romantic comedy, "Something New"
2006:
Joined the cast of the hit FX drama "Nip/Tuck" in the fourth season
2008:
Reprised stage role of Beneatha Younger for the ABC airing of "A Raisin in the Sun"
2008:
Featured in Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys"
2009:
Cast as Maggie the Cat in the all-black West End revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
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Education

University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

Lathan on "Love and Basketball": "I got my brother and my guy friends to teach me how to dribble. I was so naive, I thought it would be easy." --quoted in Premiere, April 2000

"I love to watch people and take away bits and pieces. I simply love people."- Lathan Vibe November 2002

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companion:
Omar Epps. Actor. <A TITLE="Click for more information about dating" STYLE="text-decoration: none; border-bottom: medium solid green;" HREF="http://search.targetwords.com/u.search?x=5977|1||||dating|AA1VDw">dating</A> as of 2000; no longer together as of March 2003.

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father:
Stan Lathan. Director, producer. Divorced from Lathan's mother; remarried; lives in Southern California.
mother:
Eleanor McCoy. Dancer. Divorced from Lathan's father; lives in NYC.
step-brother:
Tendaji. Born c. 1972.
half-sister:
Liliane Lathan. Born c. 1984.
half-sister:
Ariel Lathan. Born c. 1985.
half-sister:
Colette Lathan. Born c. 1997.
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