Sanaa Lathan - Famous Actor

Sanaa Lathan Net Worth


Sanaa Lathan is a Famous American actress and voice actress who has a considerable net worth of $5 million, all gathered through her hard work. She has starred in many top-grossing films, including ‘Love & Basketball’, ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Alien vs. Predator,’ and ‘The Family That Preys.’

Key facts:

  • Sanaa Lathan is an American actress and voice actress, best known for her roles in films such as 'The Best Man,' 'Love & Basketball', 'Brown Sugar,' 'Alien vs. Predator,' and 'The Family That Preys.'
  • Lathan's outstanding performance off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage earned her critical acclaim and a Best Actress nod from the Los Angeles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee for her performance in 'To Take Arms.'
  • For her mesmerizing role in 'Love & Basketball,' Lathan won the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, as well as a BET Award and an Independent Spirit Award nod for Best Actress.
  • Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award in 2004 for her performance on Broadway in 'A Raisin in the Sun.' She reprised the role years later in an ABC network production of the play.
  • She has also lent her voice to the character Donna Tubbs on the animated television series 'The Cleveland Show' for four years (2009-2013).

Basic Information About Sanaa Lathan

Full NameSanaa Lathan
CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Voice Actor
Net worth$5,000,000
Date of birth1971-09-19 (52 years old)
Place of birthNew York City
NationalityUnited States of America
EducationYale University
FatherStan Lathan
MotherEleanor McCoy
SiblingsFour (Arielle Lathan, Colette Lathan, Lilane Lathan, and Tendaji Lathan)
Height5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ Instagram β†—οΈŽ Twitter β†—οΈŽ Facebook β†—οΈŽ Imdb

What Movie Awards did Sanaa Lathan win?


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Sanaa Lathan awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
PFCS Award - Best Ensemble ActingNomineeContagion2011
BET Award - Best ActressWinnerLove & Basketball2001
Image Award - Outstanding Actress in a Motion PictureWinnerLove & Basketball2001
Best Performance by an Actress - WinnerOut of Time2004
Black Reel - Film: Best ActressWinnerOut of Time2004
All Def Movie Award - Best ActressWinnerThe Perfect Guy2016
Image Award - Outstanding Actress in a Motion PictureWinnerThe Perfect Guy2016
Black Reel - Best ActressNomineeThe Family That Preys2008
American Film Award - Best ActressNomineeNappily Ever After2019
Hollywood Award - Best Ensemble CastWinnerThe Best Man Holiday2014
Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNomineeNip/Tuck2007
Black Reel - Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited SeriesWinnerShots Fired2017

Sanaa Lathan roles

Movie / Series Role
American AssassinIrene Kennedy
AVP: Alien vs. PredatorAlexa Woods
Now You See Me 2Deputy Director Natalie Austin
ContagionAubrey Cheever
Love & BasketballMonica Wright
Out of TimeAnn Merai Harrison
The Best ManRobin
The Perfect GuyLeah
The Family That PreysAndrea
Nappily Ever AfterViolet
The Best Man HolidayRobyn
Powder BlueDiana
Real Husbands of HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2014
Family GuyDonna Tubbs / ... 20 episodes, 2010-2020
Family MattersAllison 1 episode, 1997
Made in HollywoodSelf 3 episodes, 2013-2017
Nip/TuckMichelle Landau 12 episodes, 2006
The Twilight ZoneNina Harrison 1 episode, 2019
The Cleveland ShowDonna Tubbs 88 episodes, 2009-2013
Shots FiredAshe Akino 10 episodes, 2017
The TalkSelf / ... 4 episodes, 2012-2019
Watch What Happens: LiveSelf 1 episode, 2017
The Daily ShowSelf 1 episode, 2017
MoeshaEbony 2 episodes, 1996
The Oprah Winfrey ShowSelf 1 episode, 2006
Late Night with Conan O'BrienSelf 1 episode, 2006
Punk'dSelf 1 episode, 2015

Sanaa Lathan's Quotes

  • I grew up in the business. My dad is a director/producer and my mom is a dancer, she performed with Alvin Ailey, but I didn't even think about becoming an actress.

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Sanaa Lathan’s Life: Career, Achievements and Early Years

Sanaa Lathan is a talented and accomplished American actress who has a net worth of $5 million. She is known for her appearances in many notable films like ‘Alien vs. Predator’, ‘The Best Man’, ‘Love & Basketball”, “Brown Sugar” and “The Family That Preys”. With her accolades both off-Broadway as well as on the Los Angeles stage, Lathan has brought a fresh air into Hollywood and television entertainment industry.

Early Life

Sanaa Lathan was born in New York City, New York on September 19, 1971. Her mother, Eleanor McCoy, was an actress and a dancer who performed on Broadway with Eartha Kitt. On the other hand, her father Stan Lathan is known for working for PBS as well as being a producer for such shows as ‘Sanford & Son’ and ‘Def Comedy Jam’.

Lathan had a mixed ancestry- her father being African-American and her mother came from a part-Irish background. Her first name means ‘piece of art’ in Arabic and ‘art’ in Swahili. She attended the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics before earning a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Afterwards, she pursued her Master’s Degree at Yale University in Drama where she studied with Earle R. Gister and performed in a number of Shakespeare’s plays.


After graduating from Yale University, Sanaa Lathan quickly started making waves both off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage with huge critical acclaim from all corners. Encouraged by her father, she started to make Los Angeles her professional homebase after auditioning and landing early television roles on episodes of such shows as In the House, NYPD Blue, Moesha and Family Matters.

1998 was the year Sanaa received widespread appreciation and acclaim when she appeared as the character involved in Wesley Snipes’ in ‘Blade.’ Soon after, she starred next to Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy in ‘Life’ before gaining back-to-back roles in ‘The Best Man,’ which stared Tay Diggs, and ‘The Wood,’ which starred Omar Epps. ‘The Best Man’ ended up becoming one of the top ten highest-grossing African American films in history. Lathan even went ahead to receive a NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance.

The true test came with her portrayal of Monica Wright, a young woman who aspires to become a professional basketball player, in 200’s ‘Love & Basketball.’ Her performance got her awarded the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Furthermore, Lathan picked up a BET Award and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress for the film. The same year she appeared in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at an off- broadway production which starred Teri Garr and Julianna Marguiles.


Sanaa Lathan has had exemplary performances both on stage and on screen. In 2004, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her show-stopping performance as Beneatha Younger on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun.” She reprised her role years later in an ABC network production of the same play.

In 201, Lathan acted in an all-black rendition of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Novello Theatre located in London. Further, she was casted in the title role of Second Stage Theatre’s “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage co-starring with Stephanie J. Block and David Garrison.

In 2011, she had a chance to feature in the international box office hit ‘Contagion’. Lathan played alongside stars like Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow , and Laurence Fishburne in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller movie. She starred in the movie β€œWonderful World” alongside Matthew Broderick.

From 2009-2013, Sanaa voiced Donna Tubbs on ‘The Cleveland Show.’ In 2011, she went ahead acting alongside Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker in “Vipaka”, a psychological thriller. Sanaa played a regular part as Mona Fredricks in season two of Starz’ original series ‘Boss’, starring Kelsey Grammer.

In the year 2013, Lathan shared a screen with Denzel Washington in the movie ‘Out of Time.’ Soon after, she was cast as the lead in ‘Alien vs. Predator,’ which became a box office success with world net worth of over $171 million. In 2013, Lathan reprised her role as Robyn in ‘The Best Man”s sequel, ‘The Best Man Holiday.’ She later appeared in 2016’s ‘Now You See Me 2,’ which emerged as a box office success.


Sanaa Lathan remains as one of Hollywood’s ever-shining stars that has set herself apart from the pack with top-notch performances in highly acclaimed films and plays. Despite her success in the industry, she remained humble, inspired many fans with her work ethic, and frequently educated the public through interviews on popular topics like health and wellness, her vegetarian lifestyle, etc. She continues to inspire many and is one of the most respectable personalities in the entertainment industry.

Interesting Facts about Sanaa Lathan

  1. Sanaa was raised partly in Beverly Hills with her father, director Stan Lathan, and partly in New York with her mother, Eleanor McCoy, a Broadway stage actress.
  2. Yale School of Drama graduate.
  3. Her name is Swahili for "art" but can be loosely interpreted as "artwork" or "work of art".
  4. Says her name is pronounced Sa-NA, "like Sinatra without the tra".
  5. Voted one of Ebony magazine's 55 Most Beautiful People. [2000]
  6. Gained 20 pounds for her role in Disappearing Acts (2000).
  7. She is African-American.
  8. Alfre Woodard has played Sanaa's mother in three different films: Something New (2006), Love & Basketball (2000) and The Family That Preys (2008).
  9. Sister of Tendaji Lathan.
  10. Graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a B.A. in English.
  11. Appearing on Broadway as Beneatha in "Raisin In The Sun". [April 2004]
  12. Best friend of Regina Hall.
  13. Friends with Gabrielle Union.

Additional information of Sanaa Lathan

Lucky Number10
Lucky StoneSapphire
Lucky ColorGreen
Best Match for MarriageTaurus, Capricorn
Break UpFour (Steve Rifkind
Omar Epps
Denzel Washington
and Tyrese Gibson)
DivorceShemar Moore
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Body Size34-26-35

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