Jennifer Kate Hudson (Chicago, September 12, 1981) is an American actress and singer. She gained popularity by participating in the third season of Fox’s American Idol program, where she was a finalist in the contest. In 2006, she played Effie White in the musical movie Dreamgirls, a performance for which she received various awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. In 2008, she played Rosaleen Daise in The Secret Life of Bees alongside Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning.
Jennifer Hudson’s net worth is about 25 million US dollars. She is working as an actress and recording artist. Her last movie appearance was in the movie Sex & the City, where she played Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant (Sarah Jessica Parker). In February 2009, her self-titled debut album won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, making Hudson the third former American Idol to win this award, and the first to receive it without winning that contest. She plans to shoot a movie in which she will play Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela, who will be played by Terrence Howard.
In 2004, Hudson auditioned for the third season of Fox’s ” American Idol ” show where, after a less than the auspicious start and following a change in song choice, she went on to become a favorite. Finally, Jennifer was eliminated in the week in which she participated in the “Top 7” segment of the show, in which her performance was praised by the three judges. Some argue that she received few votes from the public because, during those days, a series of tornadoes struck down in her native Chicago area. Jennifer finished seventh in the competition.
In 2006, she made her cinematographic debut when she was selected to play Effie White.in the film adaptation of the musical ” Dreamgirls “, which also featured Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé and Eddie Murphy. For her performance, Hudson received thirty awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
Two years later she played Rosaleen Daise in the movie ” The Secret Life of Bees ” alongside Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning; That same year she also worked in ” Fragmentos (Winged Creatures) “, a dramatic film whose cast was headed by Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker and Guy Pearce; and in ” Sex and the City “, where she played Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant ( Sarah Jessica Parker ).
Also in 2008, Jennifer began recording her debut album, whose first single, “Spotlight “was released on June 10 of that year, ranking 24th in the Top 40. The album titled” Jennifer Hudson “was released on September 30th, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard ‘200 with 217,000 copies sold only in the United States. A year later it became a Gold Record for over 5,000,000 copies sold. ” Jennifer Hudson, ” the album, won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, making Hudson the third ex ” American Idol “to obtain this award and the first to receive it without having won that contest.
Her second album ” I Remember Me ” was released on May 22, 2011, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 ranking and selling 165,000 copies in the first week after.
Her film career continued with the role of Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela (played by Terrence Howard ) in the feature film ” Winnie ” (2011), and the following year she played Sister Rosemarie in ” The Three Stooges (The Three Stooges ) “(2012), a film adaptation directed by the brother’s Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly of the famous series of the same name issued between 1934 and 1958.
After the death of Whitney Houston, Jennifer performed, in the 2012 Grammy Awards, the song ” I Will Always Love You “, in honor of the singer, who died days before the awards ceremony.
In her personal life, after eight years of dating, Jennifer separated from her boyfriend James Payton. Soon after, she began dating David Ontuga, a professional wrestler and a graduate of Harvard Law University. The couple got engaged in September 2008 and had their first child, David Daniel Otunga Jr. in August 2009.
She suffered a family tragedy when, on October 24, 2008, when her mother and brother were found dead, shot to death in the house in which they lived. The main suspect was William Balfour, a baker who was separated from Jennifer’s sister, Julia Hudson, who had a 7-year-old son, the result of a previous relationship. The boy was kidnapped at the time of the murders and a few days later was found dead inside a van, shot in the head. Despite pleading not guilty, Balfour was formally charged with the three murders in late December 2008 and is being held at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. Jennifer