Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez

Queen Latifah, Set It Off (1996)

Already a respected and groundbreaking MC, Latifah demonstrated her talent for acting in this bank robbery drama. Her character Cleo pulled a classic move from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid by shooting herself out of captivity and taking her own life in the process. Latifah earned glowing reviews from critics and an Independent Spirit Award for the film.

(Photo: New Line Cinema)

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