Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson was born on Sept. 12, 1981, Hudson grew up in Chicago, IL and started singing in her church choir at the age of seven. Her late maternal grandmother, Julia Kate Hudson, also sang for the church, and became Hudson's vocal inspiration. Throughout elementary and high school, Hudson participated in various talent shows and productions that honed her skills as a singer. Her melodic gifts landed Hudson a singing contract with the Disney Cruise Ship line, the "Disney Wonder," where she portrayed Calliope, a main character in the ship's entertainment extravaganza. The show, which the singer considered a huge milestone in her life, ran from February to August of 2003, and inspired Hudson to pursue her chosen career much more seriously than ever before.

The summer of 2003, Hudson found herself at a crossroads in her life. She had to decide between renewing her contract with Disney Cruise Ships or flying to Atlanta, GA to audition for season three of the Fox network reality competition series, "American Idol." In April 2004, Hudson made the bottom three; Unfortunately, it was the end of the line for Hudson, as she was voted off the show later in the month. After the season ended, Hudson went on tour with her fellow Idols. She was away from the limelight for a few years until November 2005, when she came seemingly out of nowhere to win the role of Effie White in the film adaptation of the stage musical "Dreamgirls" (2006). The movie was a smash hit, and further cemented Jennifer as a mainstream star, particularly after she won the 2007 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. For the next year, she continued acting in films while working on her debut album. The self-titled release, which came out in September 2008, won the Grammy for Best R&B Album, making her one of the few artists to have ever won both an Academy Award and Grammy Award.

Hudson has also become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and published the 2012 book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down. She’s started her own clothing line and contributed to the soundtrack for Think Like a Man while continuing to star in film projects as well. She was featured in 2012’s The Three Stooges and portrayed famous South African activist Winnie Mandela in the biopic, Winnie, which has seen a limited release in Canada. In 2013, Hudson appeared as a reoccurring guest star on the television musical series Smash.

Hudson and her boyfriend, David Otunga, have been engaged for several years and have a son. Otunga, a Harvard Law School graduate who starred on the reality show I Love New York 2, is a WWE wrestling star and has entered the world of acting with a role in the film The Call. Currently, she still juggles both singing and acting, showing no signs of focusing more on one or the other.

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