Gabourey Sidibe

Actress
One film was all it took to turn Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe's life into a cinematic Cinderella story. As the star of "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" (2009), Sidibe's Oscar-nominated performance as an obese ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1983 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Grimsby 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Empire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Horror Story 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life Partners 2014 (Movie)

Jen (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

Glenn Martin, DDS 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Project Runway All Stars 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big C 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Sharice (Actor)

The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Yelling to the Sky 2012 (Movie)

Latonya Williams (Actor)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

Odessa (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Precious 2009 (Movie)

Precious (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Biography

One film was all it took to turn Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe's life into a cinematic Cinderella story. As the star of "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" (2009), Sidibe's Oscar-nominated performance as an obese and illiterate teen impregnated twice by her father, beaten by her mother, and tortured by her schoolmates was raw, gut-wrenching and powerful. The film explored a young woman's pain and struggle to survive without turning her into a victim who has given up hope for a better future. Sidibe rose to the challenge with the sophistication and conviction of a seasoned performer, and with her acting debut, painted Precious as one of the most deeply layered and unforgettable characters ever seen on film.

Relationships

Alice Ridley

Mother
Raised daughter alone after she split up with Gabourey's father

EDUCATION

Borough of Manhattan Community College

New York , New York

The City College of New York

New York , New York

Mercy College

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2011

Teamed with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"

2010

Co-starred opposite Laura Linney on Showtime's "The Big C," about a suburban high school teacher (Linney) diagnosed with a terminal case of skin cancer who decides to turn her life around

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Precious")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ("Precious")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama ("Precious")

2009

Made feature acting debut in "Precious," the film adaptation of the novel Push by Sapphire; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead ("Precious")

2003

Appeared in college theater productions such as "Peter Pan" and "The Wiz"

Bonus Trivia

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"I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I auditioned. It's just been a weird snowball effect." – Sidibe on her acclaimed performance in "Precious" to Empire magazine, January 2010

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