Jennifer Hudson

Singer, Actress
An urban Cinderella from a modern American fairy tale, singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's immense natural talent and strength of character took her from anonymity to stardom via the conduit of a reality-TV competition ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1981 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Chi-raq 2015 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Empire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Ride 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Too Darn Hot Party 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

We Day 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

2013 Soul Train Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

America's Got Talent 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Philly 4th of July Jam 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2013 American Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Voice 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Black Nativity 2013 (Movie)

Naima (Actor)

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2013 VH1 Do Something Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete 2013 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Winnie 2013 (Movie)

Winnie Mandela (Actor)

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Washington 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Countdown to the American Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Dateline NBC 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Three Stooges 2012 (Movie)

Sister Rosemary (Actor)

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Dancing With the Stars 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tina Fey: Mark Twain Prize 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Music 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Fragments 2009 (Movie)

Kathy Archenault (Actor)

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Performer

Elmo's Christmas Countdown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

Rosaleen Daise (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreamgirls: Divas Drama and Destiny 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight 25 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

Effie White (Actor)

2014 BET Awards (TV Show)

Performer

A Home For The Holidays (TV Show)

Performer

Confirmation (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks (TV Show)

Performer

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Herself

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Performer
Music (9)

Black Nativity 2013 (Movie)

("Hush Child (Get You Through The Silent Night)") (Song Performer)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

("Think Like A Man") (Song Performer)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Love Is Your Color") (Song Performer)

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

("All Dressed In Love") (Song Performer)

The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Performer

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

("Move" Song from the Original Broadway Production of DreamGirls) (Song Performer)

Biography

An urban Cinderella from a modern American fairy tale, singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's immense natural talent and strength of character took her from anonymity to stardom via the conduit of a reality-TV competition. Audiences were stunned when Hudson, a clear fan favorite, was unanimously dismissed from "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) near the end of season three. Her revenge came a few short years later, however, when her bravura performance in "Dreamgirls" (2006) - both as a vocalist and an actress - not only silenced her doubters, but won Hudson a slew of accolades, including a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Continued successes, including a Grammy-winning, self-titled debut album and appearances in films like "Sex and the City" (2008) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), were dampened significantly by the tragic murders of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. Following a period of grieving and contemplation, a resilient Hudson returned with more film projects, a second album - I Remember Me - and a greatly slimmed down physique, thanks in part to Weight Watchers, for whom she became a spokesperson in 2010. Vindicated through triumph and tested by tragedy, Hudson continued to earn the respect of her peers and the loyalty of her fans, all of whom began to suspect there was little beyond the range of the supremely talented performer.

Relationships

Darnell Hudson

Mother
Fatally shot by William Balfour on Oct. 24, 2008 along with her son Jason in her Southside Chicago, IL home

Jason Hudson

Brother
Fatally shot by William Balfour on Oct. 24, 2008 along with his mother Darnell in her Southside Chicago, IL home

Julia Hudson

Sister
Lost her seven-year-old son Julian King in a domestic homicide that also claimed her mother Darnell and brother Jason on Oct. 24, 2008; after an Amber Alert was issued for her missing son, his body was found in a stolen vehicle, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds; her estranged husband and former felon William Balfour was charged with the murders

Julia Hudson

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother Sang in a gospel group with her daughters called "The Buckner Harmony"

Julian King

Nephew
Kidnapped by estranged father William Balfour and later found on Oct. 27, 2008 in the rear seat of a white SUV, dead due to multiple gun shot wounds; Balfour was charged with the murder

David "Punk" Otunga Actor

Companion
Dated for less than a year before they became engaged Sept. 12, 2008

David Otunga

Son
Born Aug. 10, 2009; father, David Otunga

James Payton

Companion
Childhood sweethearts; together from 1999-2008

Samuel Simpson

Father
Died in 1999

EDUCATION

Dunbar Vocational Academy

Chicago , Illinois

Langston University

Langston , Oklahoma

Kennedy-King College

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2012

Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers

2011

Portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic "Winnie"

2008

Cast as the personal assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in the film version of "Sex and the City"

2008

Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah in the film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees

2008

Earned four Grammy nominations for her self-titled debut album, including Best R&B Album

2006

Won an Oscar for her feature film debut as Effie White in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"

2006

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

2005

Debuted an original song entitled "Stand Up"

2003

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

2002

Landed her first major role performing for one of the Disney Cruise ships

Started singing in the church choir at the age of seven

Bonus Trivia

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Hudson's web site was found at www.jenniferhudson.net.

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Hudson on being mentioned as a possible Oscar nominee: "I can't believe my name is even mentioned in the same breath as that. There's so much excitement going on but I just have to say, 'You know what? That's not here yet.' It's beautiful to hear these things...(but) you don't want to get your hopes up too high." – from CNN.com, Dec. 21, 2006

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On Oct. 24, 2008, Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, and her 29-year-old brother, Jason, were shot to death inside Donerson's home, in Chicago, IL. An AMBER Alert was issued for Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, after Hudson's elder sister, Julia, reported him missing. Chicago police arrested a suspect, William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, but at the time was not charged with any crime. Three days later Julian's body was found in a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with multiple gunshot wounds. On Dec. 1, 2008, Balfour became the prime suspect of the murders and was transferred into police custody to await formal charges for three counts of murder. He was found guilty of first degree murder on May 11, 2012.

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Hudson 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."

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