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      Jennifer Hudson

      Jennifer Hudson

      Highest Rated: 86% Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special (2020)

      Lowest Rated: 19% Cats (2019)

      Birthday: Sep 12, 1981

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      With one of the most impressive voices to come along in a generation, Jennifer Hudson seemed destined for fame from the first time she appeared in front of a national audience on "American Idol" (Fox, 2001-2016/ABC 2018- ). Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1981, Hudson first began singing in her church choir. By high school, she was earning extra money singing at weddings and funerals. She had signed her first recording contract with Chicago-based independent label Righteous Records when, in 2004, she landed a spot competing on "American Idol." Righteous Records released from her obligation so that she could appear on the show, and Hudson captured viewers' hearts with her genuineness and talent. She finished as a finalist in seventh place, and proceeded directly from the reality show to an A-list project, playing Effie alongside Beyonce Knowles in the big screen adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls" (2006). Hudson's acting blew audiences away just as much as her earth-shaking vocal performance of the signature song "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." The celebrated performance paved the way for Hudson's self-titled debut album in 2008, which she quickly followed with an appearance in "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). Hudson also gave birth to a son with partner David Otunga in 2008, shortly before suffering a devastating loss when her mother, brother, and nephew were shot and killed by the estranged husband of her sister. Hudson took a step back from the spotlight, returning in 2011 with her sophomore album I Remember Me. Hudson continued to act, appearing in the coming of age film "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" (2013) and released another album, JHUD in 2014. In 2015 she made her Broadway debut, playing Shug Avery in an acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple." Hudson played Motormouth Maybelle in NBC's "Hairspray Live!" (NBC, 2016), memorably performing the song "I Know Where I've Been." The following year, she became a judge on "The Voice UK" (BBC, 2012-) and proved so popular, she joined the judges' panel on the American version of the sho later that same year. In 2019, Hudson joined the cast of the film adaptation of the musical "Cats" (2019) playing Grizabella.

      Highest rated movies

      Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special Confirmation
      The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
      Chi-Raq Dreamgirls
      Hairspray Live!
      Monster Respect

      Photos

      Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Nickelodeon''s 28th Annual Kids'' Choice Awards 2015 - Part 1, The Forum, Los Angeles, CA March 28, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for SING Premiere, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA December 3, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Nickelodeon''s 28th Annual Kids'' Choice Awards 2015 - Part 2, The Forum, Los Angeles, CA March 28, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Nickelodeon''s 28th Annual Kids'' Choice Awards 2015 - Part 1, The Forum, Los Angeles, CA March 28, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for 40th Annual The People''s Choice Awards 2014 - ARRIVALS, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA January 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson in the press room for 40th Annual The People''s Choice Awards 2014 - PRESS ROOM, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA January 8, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for CALL ME CRAZY: A Five Film World Premiere, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA April 16, 2013. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for The 85th Annual Academy Awards Oscars 2013, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2013. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for THINK LIKE A MAN Premiere, Arclight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA February 9, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Harry Winston New York Collection Unveiling Celebration, Rainbow Room, New York, NY September 20, 2018. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Tiffany & Co. Celebrates The 2017 Blue Book Collection, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY April 21, 2017. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Tiffany & Co. Celebrates The 2017 Blue Book Collection, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY April 21, 2017. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Tiffany & Co. Celebrates The 2017 Blue Book Collection, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY April 21, 2017. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES Opening Night Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY April 19, 2017. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES Opening Night Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY April 19, 2017. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for Harry Winston New York Collection Unveiling Celebration, Rainbow Room, New York, NY September 20, 2018. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for THINK LIKE A MAN Premiere, Arclight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA February 9, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for SING Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, ON September 11, 2016. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson at arrivals for 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards - Part 2, Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center, New York, NY June 6, 2016. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection Jennifer Hudson, wearing H&M at arrivals for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Opening Night Costume Institute Annual Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY May 2, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tell It Like a Woman Kim Carter / Pepcy (Character) - 2022
      68% 95% Respect Aretha Franklin (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $24.3M 2021
      86% 80% Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special Unknown (Character) - 2020
      19% 53% Cats Grizabella (Character) $27.2M 2019
      69% 69% Monster Mrs. Harmon (Character) - 2018
      27% 39% Sandy Wexler Courtney Clarke (Character) - 2017
      71% 73% Sing Young Nana (Voice) $270.4M 2016
      84% 73% Confirmation Angela Wright (Character) - 2016
      76% 74% Hairspray Live! Motormouth Maybelle (Character) - 2016
      82% 53% Chi-Raq Irene (Character) $2.6M 2015
      31% 54% Lullaby Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 62% Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Maggie (Character) - 2013
      51% 51% Black Nativity Naima (Character) $7.0M 2013
      84% 88% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Gloria (Character) $487.3K 2013
      51% 47% The Three Stooges Sister Rosemary (Character) $44.3M 2012
      19% 57% Winnie Winnie Mandela (Character) $61.8K 2011
      45% 29% Winged Creatures Kathy Hammet (Character) - 2008
      59% 78% The Secret Life of Bees Rosaleen (Character) $37.8M 2008
      50% 77% Sex and the City Louise (Character) $152.6M 2008
      79% 71% Dreamgirls Effie White (Character) $103.3M 2006

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Host 2022-2024
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008 2013 2015 2023-2024
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Music Performer,
      Guest
      2014 2016-2017 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015 2017 2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013-2014 2016 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Music Performer,
      Guest
      2011 2017 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016-2017 2019
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 61% The Voice Music Performer,
      Judge
      2014 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
      Guest
      2012 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beat Bugs Music Performer 2016
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
      68% No Score Yet American Idol Music Performer 2011-2013 2015-2016
      84% 48% Empire Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alan Carr: Chatty Man Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2008 2011 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Got Talent Music Performer 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2012-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007 2012-2013
      68% 79% Smash Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project Runway Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dateline NBC Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Guest 2008