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Sanaa Lathan

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Sanaa Lathan Biography

Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra" was born on September 19, 1971 in New York as her mother Eleanor McCoy performed on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt and her father Stan Lathan worked behind the scenes in television for 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. She later became a product of divorced parents, whom she remained closely connected to, by being shuttled to live between them both in New York and Los Angeles. Those loving supportive parents, the extremes of the public schools of New York City and the riches of the 90210 Beverly Hills High served to build within Sanaa a humble spirit, competitive nature and a full awareness of self. Read Full Bio >>

Sanaa Lathan Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Contagion (2011). Nominated
2009 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special A Raisin in the Sun (2008) (TV). Nominated
2008 Black Reel Awards Best Actress The Family That Preys (2008). Nominated
2007 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Something New (2006/I). Nominated
2007 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Something New (2006/I). Nominated

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Sanaa Lathan Trivia

  • Daughter of Stan Lathan
  • Sanaa was raised partly in Beverly Hills with her father, director Stan Lathan. She lived the other part in New York with her mother, Eleanor McCoy, a Broadway stage actress.
  • Yale School of Drama graduate.
  • Her name is Swahili for "work of art".
  • Says her name is pronounced Sa-NA, "like Sinatra without the tra"
  • Voted one of Ebony magazine's 55 Most Beautiful People. [2000]
  • Daughter of actress/dancer Eleanor McCoy.
  • Gained twenty pounds for her role in "Disappearing Acts".
  • Dated actor Omar Epps
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for her performance as Beneatha in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun."


Sanaa Lathan Photos

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    New Myspace Launch Event - Arrivals

  • Sanaa Lathan, Kim Kimble and Melissa Desousa

    WE tv's "L.A. Hair" Season 2 Screening Party at Kimble Hair Studio in West Hollywood on June 6, 2013

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    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Miss Golden Globe 2013 Party - Arrivals

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    Forevermark Diamond and InStyle 2012 Golden Globes "A Promise of Beauty and Brilliance" Preview Event

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    2nd Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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    "Contagion" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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