September 12, 1981
39 years old
5 ft 9 in | 175 cm
35-28-36 in | 89-71-91.5 cm
70 kg | 154 pounds
9 US | 40 EU
Jennifer Kate Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on September 12, 1981, is an American actress and singer.
Young Jennifer Hudson started singing with gospel choirs at her local church, at the age of 7.
She gained exposure and a fan base as a finalist during the third season of American Idol (2004).
She made her big screen debut in romantic musical drama film Dreamgirls (2006) in role as Effie White, for which she won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She landed her Broadway debut in musical "The Color Purple" (2015) in role as Shug Avery.
She released her first studio album "Jennifer Hudson" in 2008, for which she won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
Respect (2021) biographical drama in role as Aretha Franklin, opposite Forest Whitaker and Audra McDonald
Cats (2019) musical fantasy in role as Grizabella, directed by Tom Hooper
The Secret Life of Bees (2008) drama with Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah
Winged Creatures (2009) crime opposite Kate Beckinsale
Black Nativity (2013) musical drama with Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett
Lullaby (2014) drama with Amy Adams
Chi-Raq (2015) musical crime drama directed by Spike Lee
Sandy Wexler (2017) comedy opposite Adam Sandler
All Rise (2018) drama in role as Mrs. Harmon
She played Veronica Moore in NBC musical drama television series Smash (2012).
She portrayed Michelle White in musical drama television series Empire (2015).
Hairspray Live! (2016) NBC television special in role as Maybelle "Motormouth" Stubbs
Graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School (1999).
She signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records in 2002.
She is one of the fifteen actors to win an Oscar for their film debut.
Close friends with Beyoncé Knowles.
She released three studio albums:
Jennifer Hudson (2008)
I Remember Me (2011)
Her favourite types of music are R&B and pop.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard in 2013.
Huge fan of Michael Bublé.
Lives in Burr Ridge, Illinois, U.S.
She dated maintenance engineer James Payton (1999–2007).
She was engaged to professional wrestler David Otunga (2008-2017), they have one son.