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Queen Latifah Talk Show To Debut

October 15, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Queen Latifah has a new jewel for her crown: talk show host.

The hour-long ``Latifah″ is scheduled to debut this fall on several Fox-owned stations, producer Telepictures said Wednesday.

The 28-year-old rapper and ``Living Single″ actress, whose real name is Dana Owens, was brought into the fold by Rosie O’Donnell, a Warner Bros./Telepictures star.

``Rosie recognized that Dana is a very smart woman who is very driven, and at an early age had a vision of what she wanted to do,″ Telepictures President Jim Paratore said.

``The show will be built around Dana and her point of view,″ he said. ``She’s a multidimensional person and the show will reflect that. We’ll have some real-people stories and some topical stories, and we’ll also have celebrities and music.″

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