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Birth information

12 September 1981 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Given Name

Jennifer Kate Hudson

How tall is Jennifer Hudson?

1.75 m

Life Story of Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream.

Hudson was born Jennifer Kate Hudson on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, to Darnell Donerson and Samuel Simpson. She earned minor attention as one of the twelve finalists on the third season of the FOX TV series in 2004. She came in an underwhelming sixth runner-up. Hudson grew up singing in gospel choirs, acting in community theater productions, singing on cruise ships and touring for in Disney's Hercules: The Musical. With no formal musical training, her gospel-tinged voice initially pleased the panel of judges. The songs were arguably ill-advised but evidence of her greatness peeked through at times. She, Fantasia Barrino and La Toya London were promoted as the show's own version of the Dreamgirls and were expected to be the final three standing in the competition when Jennifer was unexpectedly cut from the pack. Fantasia won the competition and all...

Significant features of Jennifer Hudson

Mezzo-soprano vocals

What movies did Jennifer Hudson play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2009) ,
Actors Filmography
Respect (2020) Aretha Franklin, Cats (2019) Grizabella, All Rise (2018) Mrs. Harmon, Sandy Wexler (2017) Courtney Clarke, Hairspray Live! (2016) Motormouth Maybelle, Sing (2016) Young Nana, Inside Amy Schumer (2016) Jennifer Hudson, Confirmation (2016) Angela Wright, Chi-Raq (2015) Irene, Tyrese Gibson: Shame (2015) , Jennifer Hudson: I Still Love You (2015) Jennifer Hudson, Empire (2015) Michelle White, Iggy Azalea Feat. Jennifer Hudson: Trouble (2015) Jennifer...

Birth information

12 September 1981 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Given Name

Jennifer Kate Hudson

How tall is Jennifer Hudson?

1.75 m

Life Story of Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream.

Hudson was born Jennifer Kate Hudson on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, to Darnell Donerson and Samuel Simpson. She earned minor attention as one of the twelve finalists on the third season of the FOX TV series in 2004. She came in an underwhelming sixth runner-up. Hudson grew up singing in gospel choirs, acting in community theater productions, singing on cruise ships and touring for in Disney's Hercules: The Musical. With no formal musical training, her gospel-tinged voice initially pleased the panel of judges. The songs were arguably ill-advised but evidence of her greatness peeked through at times. She, Fantasia Barrino and La Toya London were promoted as the show's own version of the Dreamgirls and were expected to be the final three standing in the competition when Jennifer was unexpectedly cut from the pack. Fantasia won the competition and all...

Significant features of Jennifer Hudson

Mezzo-soprano vocals

What movies did Jennifer Hudson play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2009) ,
Actors Filmography
Respect (2020) Aretha Franklin, Cats (2019) Grizabella, All Rise (2018) Mrs. Harmon, Sandy Wexler (2017) Courtney Clarke, Hairspray Live! (2016) Motormouth Maybelle, Sing (2016) Young Nana, Inside Amy Schumer (2016) Jennifer Hudson, Confirmation (2016) Angela Wright, Chi-Raq (2015) Irene, Tyrese Gibson: Shame (2015) , Jennifer Hudson: I Still Love You (2015) Jennifer Hudson, Empire (2015) Michelle White, Iggy Azalea Feat. Jennifer Hudson: Trouble (2015) Jennifer...

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Jennifer Hudson in Cats (2019)

Jennifer was going to perform "Over the Rainbow" for movie night but was informed that she had have to perform it Kimberley Locke's way and decided to sing "I Have Nothing" instead.

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Jennifer Hudson in Cats (2019)

Beat American Idol (2002) winner Fantasia Barrino for her role in Dreamgirls (2006), despite the fact that Barrino had won Season 3 of the talent show with Hudson trailing in seventh place (2004).

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Judi Dench and Jennifer Hudson in Cats (2019)

Beat out 782 actresses for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006).

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Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson in The Voice (2011)

Jennifer's role of Effie Melody White in Dreamgirls (2006) is a thinly-disguised portrait of the late ousted Supreme member Florence Ballard. However, Flo's story ended tragically, unlike that of the Effie character. Of Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, Ballard, who gave the Supremes its name, was the strongest vocalist of the three. At one point, all three girls shared leads. Labeled the no-hit Supremes for a time, astute Motown mogul Berry Gordy decided Ross had the ideal personality and coy voice to pull in cross-over white audiences. The Supremes were a sensation with Ballard and Wilson shoved permanently into the background and never given any solo lines. Unlike Effie, Ballard's weight was not a factor until well into stardom. Fed by Ross's diva-like stance, Flo's ongoing depression and problems with alcohol grew. Ballard's unreliability triggered her dismissal in 1967. An attempt at a solo career was a complete bust, since she was never allowed to feed off the Supremes name for publicity. Ballard became destitute with three children to support and her health severely declined. Unlike Effie, Flo never was able to make a comeback and died of a coronary thrombosis in 1976 at age 32.

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Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson in All Rise (2018)

Is the first contestant from American Idol (2002) to be nominated and receive an Academy Award.

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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Hudson in Sandy Wexler (2017)

Is one of a very few actors to receive an Academy Award for their debut performance.

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Jennifer Hudson in The Voice UK (2012)

After appearing on the March 2007 issue of Vogue magazine, she became the third African-American celebrity to grace the front cover. The other two were Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry.

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Worked at Burger King before becoming a contestant on American Idol (2002) and winning the role of her Academy-Award winning performance in Dreamgirls (2006).

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Attended and graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois; she sang in the school's chorus (1999).

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Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson in Lullaby (2014)

Became close friends with singer Beyoncé during the filming of Dreamgirls (2006). Beyoncé was present at the February 2007 Academy Awards ceremony where Jennifer won the Oscar for best supporting actress.

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Jennifer Hudson and Jacob Latimore in Black Nativity (2013)

She signed a record deal with Clive Davis's label, Arista Records. [November 2006]

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Jennifer Hudson and Jacob Latimore in Black Nativity (2013)

Packed on 20 pounds to play the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006).

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Dedicated her Golden Globe Award to Florence Ballard on whom her Dreamgirls (2006) character Effie White is so obviously based on. [January 2007]

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Jennifer Hudson in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

(March 10, 2007) She was overwhelmed to receive the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, California. She also performed at the ceremony and said, "I just can't believe I got the Sammy Davis Jr. Award. I'm standing on the same stage where I made the top 32 of American Idol.".

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Jennifer Hudson and Skylan Brooks in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

Jennifer attributes her vocal talents to her late grandmother Julia Kate Hudson, who was a former choir mistress in Chicago.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Is one of 7 African-American actresses to win an Oscar in a competitive category. In chronological order the others are: Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost (1990), Halle Berry for Monster's Ball (2001), Mo'Nique for Precious (2009), Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011) and Viola Davis for Fences (2016).

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Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Her best supporting actress Oscar for Dreamgirls (2006) stands on the mantel of her Chicago apartment.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Her favourite female pop artist is Céline Dion.

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Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Her favourite types of music are R&B and pop music.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Is one of 115 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2007.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Is one of 15 African-American actresses to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Hattie McDaniel, Ethel Waters, Juanita Moore, Beah Richards, Alfre Woodard, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Queen Latifah, Ruby Dee, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Mo'Nique and Octavia Spencer. As of 2012, Whoopi Goldberg and Viola Davis are the only African-American actresses to receive nominations in both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Was cast in the comedy-drama Meet the Browns (2008), but was replaced shortly before filming began.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Made her stage debut with the one-off concert revival of "Hair" on Broadway in September 2004. She then returned to Broadway for the one-off concert revival of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" as Jewel in October 2006.

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Jennifer Hudson in Winnie (2011)

Was not in attendance at the 2007 BAFTA Awards ceremony when she was won the award as Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls (2006). Actor and fellow BAFTA-nominee, Daniel Craig, accepted the award on her behalf. Her award was shipped to her but got lost in the mail. In 2011, Hudson appeared on British talk show, The Graham Norton Show: Jennifer Hudson/K D Lang/Bill Bailey (2011), where Norton surprised her with the award.

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