Quick Facts Sanaa Lathan

  • NameSanaa Lathan
  • Birth NameSanaa McCoy Lathan
  • FatherStan Lathan
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Birth PlaceNew York, United States
  • EthnicityAfrican American
  • ProfessionAmerican Actress
  • Net Worth$5 million
  • EducationUniversity of California, Yale University
  • Siblings Tendaji Lathan, Colette Lathan, Lane Lathan and Arielle Lathan
  • MotherEleanor McCoy

Born on September 19 in the year 1971 in New York City, New York, the United States to Stan Lathan and Eleanor McCoy, Sanaa Lathan is a talented actress and voice actress. Her mother is also an actress while her father worked behind the scenes of PBS. His father has also produced many shows. Sanaa has 4 siblings named Tendaji Lathan, Colette Lathan, Lane Lathan and Arielle Lathan. She belongs to African American and Native American descent.


Sanaa McCoy Lathan studied Science and Mathematics at the Manhattan Center. She then studied at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from there with a degree in English. The trained actress with a drama degree from Yale University is best known for her roles in The Best Man, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator and The Family That Preys.

She debuted as an actress with the role of Vanessa Brooks in 1998 film Blade. Since then she appeared in the movie like The Best Man, Life, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Out of Time, Something New, The Family that Preys, Contagion, The Perfect Guy, The Best Man Holiday, The Best Man Wedding, Alien vs. Predators and Power Blue. She will soon be seen in 2016 film Now You See Me: The Second Act playing the character of Natalie Austin. In 1996, she began her TV career appearing in an episode of In the House as Charese. She later appeared in Moesha, Family Matters, NYPD Blue, in Disappearing Acts as Zora Banks, as Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show, as Mona Fredricks in Boss, in Lateline as Briana Gilliam and in The Raisin in the Sun.



Talking about her relationship status, she has a long dating history. She was in a romantic relationship with Westley Snipes and later with Denzel Washington. She then dated Shemar Moore in February 1985 but their relationship did not last long as it ended in July 1996. In 1999, she started a relationship with an actor Omar Epps. In March 2002, the relationship was ended. There were some rumors about her dating Regina Hall. In 2006, she dated Terrell Owens. She also dated Adewale Ogunleye in March 2007 and ended the relationship in September 2008. In January 2009, she went on a date with Steve Rifkind. Their relationship lasted for a year. In July 2015, she started dating French Montana. However, she is still unmarried and does not have any children.

As of 2016, she has won many nominations for the award. In 2001, she won BET Award as Best Actress. The same year she won Black Reel Award and NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture respectively. In 2004, she won Black Reel Award for her performance in Out of Time. She also won Theatre World Award for her work in A Raisin in the Sun. She was awarded Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Lead Actress.

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