By Josephine Cusumano
Updated Mar 18, 2016 @ 7:15 am
Actress Queen Latifah arrives at Sony Pictures Releasing's 'Miracles From Heaven' Photo Call at The London Hotel on March 4, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.
Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

All hail Queen Latifah: She's turning 46 today! The actress has come a long way since her days as a recording artist, and in honor of her birthday, we're looking back at how she rose to fame, starting in 1989.

Lest you forgot, Queen Latifah—whose real name is Dana Owens—is first and foremost a recording artist and released her first hip hop album, All Hail the Queen, at just 19 years old. But Queen Latifah wasn't just a rapper. In 1993, she tried her hand at acting, starring in the hit show, Living Single until 1998, which then led to countless other roles in television and films—all while she continued to release more music.

Then in 2002, she earned her very first Academy Award nomination for portraying Matron Mama Morton in Chicago and continued to appear in hit films including Bringing Down the House opposite Steve Martin, Hairspray and even as the voice of Ellie in the Ice Age series.

Showing no signs of slowing down, the Queen recently starred in 2015's Bessie biopic and in the TV production of The Wiz Live!, which proved, yep, she's still got it. Celebrate the star's birthday with a look back at her stunning transformation and her amazing rise to fame