Date of Birth : Sep 19th 1971
Following her training at Yale, where she performed in a number of Shakespeare’s plays, Lathan earned acclaim both off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage. Encouraged by her father to make Los Angeles her professional base, the young actress found early television roles on episodes of such shows as In the House, Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Moesha. 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.
In 1998, Lathan earned a degree of recognition with her role as the mother of Wesley Snipes’ title character in Blade. She followed this the subsequent year with back-to-back turns in The Best Man and The Wood. The Best Man was a comedic ensemble film, starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Morris Chestnut. The Wood, another ensemble film starring Diggs and Omar Epps, cast her as the love interest of Epps, who at the time was also her real-life boyfriend.Relationship fell apart due to Epps cheating and she moved on with her life and career.
Lathan subsequently starred in several major Hollywood films, including Alien Vs. Predator which was Lathan’s biggest role to date. Lathan was the female lead in a Science Fiction movie which is rare for a african-american actress. In addition, Alien Vs. Predator was a major success grossing over $171 million dollars worldwide. Out of Time was also an important role for Lathan as she played the bad girl.