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Jennifer Hudson

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
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Profession: Actress and Singer

United States of America

Biography: Jennifer Hudson, also known as "J.Hud", first gained national attention as a contestant on "American Idol" in 2004. Her 2006 feature film debut in "Dreamgirls" earned her an Academy Award. In 2008, her eponymous solo debut album won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.

As Hudson's star continued her rise, tragedy stuck when her mother, brother, and nephew were brutally murdered by her sister's estranged husband, in October of 2008.

In 2009, she performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, and resumed her busy career in film, television, recording, and touring. In 2015, she added the Broadway stage to her resume, co-starring in the musical "The Color Purple", winning another Grammy for the cast recording. Starting in 2017, Hudson became a coach on "The Voice UK" for several series, and on the US version twice.

Most recently, she served as executive producer and star of the 2021 Aretha Franklin feature film bio-pic "Respect".

Born: September 12, 1981
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Age: 40 years old

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo

Historical Events

  • 2007-03-10 21st Soul Train Music Awards: Jermaine Dupri, Jennifer Hudson win