Jennifer Hudson Biography
Jennifer Hudson born Jennifer Kate Hudson, is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She was born on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois as the third and youngest child of Darnell Donnerson and Samuel Simpson.
She attended Dunbar Vocational High School, from which she graduated in 1999. She enrolled at Langston University but she left after a semester due to homesickness and unhappiness with the weather, and registered at Kennedy–King College.
In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records. She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004. Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta.
As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also appeared in such films as Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Black Nativity. She has made numerous television appearances, including guest roles on Smash, Empire and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the revival of The Color Purple.
As a singer, Hudson has released three studio albums. Her debut album Jennifer Hudson, released in 2008. Her second album I Remember Me, released in 2011. Her third album JHUD peaked in the top ten and featured the Grammy-nominated track “It’s Your World”. She also became the principal singer of The Color Purple musical album, which earned her the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program (shared with the cast of The Color Purple).
Jennifer Hudson Age
She was born on September 12, 1981.
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Hudson met David Otunga, a professional wrestler in the WWE and a Harvard Law graduate, and the couple became engaged in September 2008. In August 2009, Hudson gave birth to her first child, a boy named David Daniel Otunga, Jr.
Jennifer Hudson Net Worth
Jennifer Hudson has an estimated net worth of $20 million dollars.
Jennifer Hudson Movies and TV Shows
Jennifer Hudson Movies
- Sex and the City
- The Secret Life of Bees
- Fragments – Winged Creatures
- Winnie Mandela
- The Three Stooges
- The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
- Black Nativity
- Sandy Wexler
- American Idol
- The X Factor
- Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
- Inside Amy Schumer
- Hairspray Live!
- Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
- The Voice UK
- The Voice (U.S.)
Jennifer Hudson Awards
- 2006 – Academy Awards – Dreamgirls – Best Supporting Actress
- 2007 – Black Reel Awards – Dreamgirls – Outstanding Supporting Actress
- 2007 – Black Reel Awards – Dreamgirls – Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
- 2006 – British Academy Film Awards – Dreamgirls – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Dreamgirls – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Golden Globe Awards – Dreamgirls – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
- 2006 – Satellite Awards – Dreamgirls – Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
- 2006 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Dreamgirls – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- 2009 – Grammy Awards – Jennifer Hudson – Best R&B Album
- 2017 – Grammy Awards – “The Color Purple” – Best Musical Theater Album
- 2014 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite Humanitarian
- 2007 – BET Awards – Best Actress
- 2007 – BET Awards – Best New Artist
- 2006 – NAACP Image Awards – Dreamgirls – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- 2009 – NAACP Image Awards – Outstanding New Artist
- 2009 – NAACP Image Awards – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group
- 2009 – NAACP Image Awards – Jennifer Hudson Outstanding Album
- 2012 – NAACP Image Awards – I Remember Me Outstanding Album
- 2012 – NAACP Image Awards – “Where You At” Outstanding Music Video
- 2007 – Soul Train Awards – Sammy Davis, Jr. Award for “Entertainer of the Year”
- 2007 – Teen Choice Awards – Dreamgirls – Choice Movie Actress: Drama
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – National Board of Review of Motion Pictures – Best Female Breakthrough Performance
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – New York Film Critics Circle – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – New York Film Critics Online – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – New York Film Critics Online – Breakthrough Performer
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Hollywood Life Awards – Breakthrough of the Year
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Washington, DC Film Critics Association – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Washington, DC Film Critics Association – Best Breakthrough Performance
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – African-American Film Critics Association – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Palm Springs International Film Festival – Breakthrough Performance
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Las Vegas Film Critics Association – Best Supporting Actress
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Florida Film Critics Circle Awards – Pauline Kael Breakout
- 2006 – Dreamgirls – Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award – Breakout Performance
- 2007 – Dreamgirls – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Awards – Best Supporting Actress
- 2007 – Dreamgirls – Austin Film Critics Association – Breakout Artist
- 2007 – Dreamgirls – Central Ohio Film Critics Awards – Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson Songs
- And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going
- If This Isn’t Love
- I Still Love You
- Where You At
- Giving Myself
- One Night Only
- Think Like a Man
- Love You I Do
- No One Gonna Love You
- I Remember Me
- Walk It Out
- I Can’t Describe
- It’s Your World
- Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There
- I Am Changing
- All Dressed in Love
- You Pulled Me Through
- Remember Me
- We Gon’ Fight
- I’m His Only Woman
- Feeling Good
- Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight
- Remember the Music
- You Will
- It’s All Over
- Can’t Stop the Rain
- I Got This
- Bleed For Love
- Bring Back the Music
- I Know Where I’ve Been
Jennifer Hudson Major Works
- ‘Dreamgirls’ a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon, can be regarded as the most significant work of Jennifer Hudson. The story, which is shown through the eyes of a musical group known as Dreams, focuses on the history and evolution of American Rhythm and Blues music during the 1960s and 1970s. Hudson’s role earned her numerous awards, which included an Oscar for best Supporting Actress.
- Hudson appeared in a supporting role, in the popular American romantic comedy film ‘Sex and the City’ which released in 2008. The film is a sequel to a comedy series of the same name, which aired on HBO from 1998 to 2004. It starred actors such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattral, and Kristin Davis in lead roles. The film was a commercial success, and grossed over $415 million worldwide.
- She appeared in a lead role in the 2011 biographical drama film ‘Winnie Mandela’, which was based on the life of the wife of Nelson Mandela. The film, however, was criticized for several reasons, including the fact that Winnie Mandela herself was not consulted for making of a film about her life.
- ‘Black Nativity’ (2013) was an American musical drama film in which Hudson played a supporting role. The film was directed by Kasi Lemmons, and starred mostly African American actors including Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Jacob Latimore. The film received mixed reviews from critics.
- ‘Chi-Raq’ a 2015 American musical drama, is the latest significant work in Hudson’s career. The film was directed and produced by Spike Lee, and along with Hudson, it starred Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Tevonah Parris, and John Cusack. The film received mostly positive reviews, with some critics even claiming it to be the greatest film of the year.