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Queen Latifah

SCREEN GEM: Living Out Loud (1998)

Queen Latifah, Living Out Loud | IT'S A 'LIVING' Latifah serenades the young lovers
Image credit: Living Out Loud: M. Morton/New Line
IT'S A 'LIVING' Latifah serenades the young lovers

''Living Out Loud'' is a past gem from Oscar nominee Queen Latifah

COSTARS Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito

PREMISE A Manhattan socialite (Hunter) takes a walk on the wild side, befriending her doorman (DeVito) and frequenting a cabaret whose headliner (Latifah) is a soulful torch singer, dispenser of earthy wisdom, and fellow lonely person seeking fulfillment in her own right.

FUN FACT The film is based on two Chekhov stories: ''The Kiss'' and ''Misery.''

WHY IT'S GREAT Latifah's rendition of ''Lush Life'' is reason enough; in fact, it probably landed her the role of Mama Morton in ''Chicago.''

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