For years, the rapper-actress was estranged from her father, Lancelot, a police officer who left her mother, Rita, a high-school music teacher, when Latifah was 8. She later found out that he had fathered three children outside his marriage. "His irresponsibility affected me," she says. "Would every man be like him?" Latifah (with her parents in 2003) has since reconciled with her father.