Is Sanaa Lathan married? Yes, she was. Previously, she was married to Shemar Moore who is an Emmy award-winning American actor and a former fashion model, as per some online sources. Sanaa Lathan and her former husband Shemar Moore started their relationship from February 1985. They stayed into the relationship for four years and decided to get engaged.
After eight months of their engagement, the couple decided to celebrate their wedding on 11th May 1990. The duo remained into their conjugal life for six years and eventually separated in October 1995. They were legally separated by means of divorce on 15th July 1996. Despite remaining six years in married life, the couple didn’t welcome any children in their life. However, we don’t have enough proofs and photographs to claim their past relationship.
The actress was also rumored to be in the lesbian relationship with actress Regina Hall which was later cleared to be false. She has also been rumored to have dated numerous guys including American rapper French Montana (July 2015 to May 2016), music entrepreneur Steve Rifkind (July 2009 to April 2011), actor Tyrese Gibson (June 2012 to November 2014), footballer Adewale Ogunleye (March 2007 to September 2008), Terrell Owens (2006), actor Omar Epps (1999 to March 2002) and Austrian actor Boris Kodjoe (1993). Scroll down to explore more interesting personal/ relationship facts and biography of Lathan:
Who is Sanaa Lathan?
Born as Sanaa McCoy Lathan, she landed the planet on September 19, 1971, which makes her age be 49 years old as of 2020. By profession, she is an actress and voice actress holding an American nationality. She is better known for her role in The Best Man, Contagion, The Best Man Holiday, Now You See Me 2, Brown Sugar, Love & Basketball, The Family That Preys and so on.
She received a nomination for a Tony Award for her role in a play called A Raisin in the Sun. As a voice actress, she performed in The Cleveland Show for the voice of Donna Tubbs from 2009 to 2013. She also won the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture during the 2016 NAACP Image Award for her role in the romantic thriller film The Perfect Guy.
Early Life and Education
Lathan was born in 1971 and her place of birth is in New York City, New York. The meaning of her name “Sanaa” is “piece of art” in Arabic whereas it means “artistry” in Swahili. She was born to the parents named Eleanor McCoy (mother) and Stan Lathan (father). Her mother was an actress as well as a dancer who is recognized for her role in Broadway with Eartha Kitt.
Likewise, her father used to work for American public broadcaster PBS where he used to work behind the television scenes. Talking more about Sanaa’s family, she is blessed with a brother named Tendaji Lathan who is professionally a renowned DJ artist. Regarding her academic and educational achievements, Sanaa went to the New York City-based public high school called Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.
For her higher education, she was enrolled at the University of California from where she completed her graduation with a bachelor’s degree in English. She completed her master’s degree in drama from Yale University. During her university days, she used to perform in Shakespeare plays and studied with acting teacher Earle R. Gister (March 30, 1934 – January 22, 2012).
Career and Professional Life
Lathan was highly inspired by her parents where her father convinced her to make Los Angeles as her professional base where she received acclaim. In her early days, she secured some television roles in shows like In the House, NYPD Blue, Family Matters and series Moesha. For her impressive performance in To Take Arms, she earned the Best Actress nod from NAACP Theatrical Award Committee.
The actress from her role as the mother of Wesley Snipes’ in American supernatural superhero film named Blade in 1998. The following year, she was starred in coming of age film The Wood, romantic-comedy-drama film The Best Man, comedy-drama film Catfish in Black Bean Sauce and Life in the role of Alicia, Robyn, Nina and Daisy. Her movie The Best Man was able to be named as one of the top ten highest-grossing African American films for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination.
She played the character of Monica Wright in 2000 romantic drama film named Love & Basketball for which she received Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Also, the role made her earn the nomination for a BET Award. The same year, she performed in the Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues. She became more popular for her appearance in the comedy film Catfish in Black Bean Sauce which was released on June 9, 2000. The movie is about Vietnamese siblings who were raised by an African American couple.
The actress also made another appealing performance a 2000 romantic drama named Disappearing Acts which was originally released on December 9, 2000, on HBO. Lathan portrayed in the character of a singer who falls into love with a carpenter, the role performed by Wesley Snipes. Lathan was able to garner Essence Award for Best Actress in her name for the role. Her success reached the height in that year when she was mentioned in the 55 Most Beautiful People by Ebony Magazine.
Lathan appeared as Sidney Shaw in romantic comedy film Brown Sugar which was released on October 11, 2002, and made a business of 28,316,451 USD in Box Office. The movie made an NAACP Image Award nomination in its name in the category for Outstanding Motion Picture. Her next big success was on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun where she was starred alongside Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald.
She also appeared in the American thriller film Out of Time In the role of Ann Merai Harrison. The actress continued her acting career by starring as Alexa “Lex” Woods in the lead role in science fiction action film Alien vs. Predator. The science fiction action film was a commercially successful film grossing over 171 million USD worldwide.
In 2005, Lathan worked as a voice artist for the animated film The Golden Blaze. In the following years, she was starred as Kenya McQueen in romantic comedy-drama Something New. She was also part of the dark-comedy drama film Wonderful World as Khadi. The same year, she was starred in drama film Powder Blue as Diana. In 2013, she was starred in comedy drama-film The Best Man Holiday as Robyn Stewart.
She was starred as Captain Emily Maddox in the American science fiction drama film named Approaching the Unknown which was released on June 3, 2016, in the United States. The same year, she appeared as Natalie Austin in magic caper thriller film named Now You See Me 2 alongside Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo. Lathan played the role of Deputy Director Irene Kennedy in action thriller film American Assassin which was released on September 15, 2017.
Her next appearance was in the character of Violet Jones in a romantic comedy film Nappily Ever After. Lathan is also the producer for the film which was released by Netflix in September 2018. Regarding her latest film release, she was starred in Native Son portraying the role of Trudy Thomas. The actress has also made numerous television appearances including The Affair as Jenelle, Shots Fired (2017) as Ashe Akino, NYPD Blue (1998) as Shirley Barish and much more.
As of now, Sanaa Lathan is single regarding her relationship status. For being an actress, she has been rumored to have dated multiple men. Further, she was rumored to be in a lesbian relationship with actress/ comedian Regina Hall. The rumor was later denied by Hall in an interview. The denied interview and past relationship history make clear that Sanaa’s sexual orientation is straight. The actress is now at the age of 47 but looks much younger than her real age. Sanaa Lathan’s zodiac sign is Virgo considering her birthday. She is very close to her family including her father Stan Lathan (born on July 8, 1945).
Beauty with outstanding acting potentialities, Lathan has a perfect height of 5 feet and 7 inches. From her hard workout schedules and strictly followed diet plan, she has been able to manage her height perfectly according to her height weighing 56 kilograms only. Moving to her body measurement, her bust, waist and hip measure 35, 26 and 37 inches respectively. Lathan’s dress size and feet/ shoe size is 6 and 6.5 respectively as per the United States.
Salary and Net worth
The Best Man’ actress Sanna Lathan has an estimated net worth of 4 million USD. She is in the industry since 1996 from where the actress has garnered a considerable amount of money. Her incredible performance has made Lathan receive multiple awards and nominations. For the category of Best Actress, she earned the BET Award and Black Reel Award for her role in romantic drama Love & Basketball.
She has also earned Lucille Lortel Awards, NAACP Image Award, Theatre World Award and Black Reel Award. Many of her films have done a jaw-dropping amount of business including the thriller movie Now You See Me 2 grossing over 334 million USD. Talking in-depth about her net worth, Lahan is the owner of a Los Angeles based mansion.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of BET Award-winning actress is prepared by most of the popular wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. Her Instagram account is reachable @sanaalathan where Sanaa has retained more than 4.3 million followers now. Similarly, her Twitter profile is available @justsanaa where she is available with over 1.63 million followers. Her official Facebook page is available @SanaaLathan.