From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)
Dunbar Vocational Academy
Made her Broadway debut in "The Color Purple"
Played the recurring role of Michelle on the series "Empire"
Appeared on the series "Smash"
Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers
Portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic "Winnie"
Cast as the personal assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in the film version of "Sex and the City"
Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah in the film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees
Earned four Grammy nominations for her self-titled debut album, including Best R&B Album
Won an Oscar for her feature film debut as Effie White in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"
Featured on the song "The Future Ain't What it Used to Be" on the Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose
Debuted an original song entitled "Stand Up"
Finalists on the third season of the Fox reality series "American Idol"; became the sixth of the 12 finalists to be voted off the show
Landed her first major role performing for one of the Disney Cruise ships
Known for such albums as "Jennifer Hudson" and "Jhud"
Popular songs include "Spotlight" and "It's Your World".
Began singing in her church choir at age seven.
Mother, brother, and nephew were shot to death by her sister's estranged husband in 2008. He was found guilty of first degree murder in 2012.
Revealed in the November 2011 issue of Ebony magazine that she would have been at home in Chicago, IL on Oct. 24, 2008, the day her mother and brother were shot to death. Instead, she decided to see her fiancé David Otunga fight in a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Florida. "I flew out to see him; that's why I'm still here," Hudson told the magazine. "That's one of the things that saved my life. Because I could have been home with my mom then."