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Jennifer Hudson (born 12.09.1981) Jennifer Hudson is an American Academy Award-winning actress and singer/songwriter who rose to prominence in 2004 after coming seventh on the third season of 'American Idol'.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Jennifer Hudson has a net worth of 20 million USD.

Childhood: Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois to Darnell Donnerson and Samuel Simpson. Hudson studied at the Dunbar Vocational Career Academy as a child, graduating in 1999. Growing up, Hudson dabbled in the musical influences of Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle, while practicing her singing by performing in community in her church choir and at a community theatre.

Career: Jennifer Hudson found her big break while performing aboard cruise ships for Disney Cruise Lines. This break came when the third season of American Idol came to Atlanta, Georgia, for auditions. Hudson auditioned, and made it into the contest where she was considered a "wild card". Hudson made her presence known with renditions of Elton John's 'Circle of Life' and 'I Have Nothing' by Whitney Houston, leading to her finishing the competition in seventh place. In November 2005, Hudson was cast in the film adaptation of the musical 'Dreamgirls', alongside Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe award for 'Best Supporting Actress', before later winning an Academy Award as well. In November 2006, Hudson signed with Arista Records, releasing her debut single, 'Spotlight', on 10th June 2008. On 27th September 2008, Jennifer Hudson released her self-titled debut album, debuting at number two on Billboard's 200 list. In May 2008, Hudson made an appearance in the film adaptation of 'Sex and the City', as well as 'The Secret Life of Bees' in the same year. Hudson released her second studio album, 'I Remember Me', on 22nd March 2011. The album received glowing reviews from critics and it made its way to the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list. Hudson followed up the album with the release of 'JHUD' on 23rd September 2014. Her third studio album received moderate critical praise, but opened to the lowest sales of any of her albums by that point.

Personal Life: Jennifer Hudson started dating James Payton in 1999, while she was 18-years-old. The couple separated in 2007. After this, Hudson began dating David Otunga. Otunga proposed on her 27th birthday, and Hudson gave birth to their son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., in August 2009. In October, 2008, the mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson were found dead at her sister, Julia's home. Julia's seven-year-old son, Julian, was also reported missing. He was found dead in an abandoned car shortly after. Julia's estranged husband, William Balfour, was charged with the murder.



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Clive Davis and Jennifer Hudson at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee held at Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, United States - Saturday 11th February 2017

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Jennifer Hudson at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee held at Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, United States - Saturday 11th February 2017

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Sing Review

Very Good

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar standards, but the story and characters are thoroughly endearing. And the music is fabulous. As it follows a group of likeable animals through a variety of plots and adventures, there's plenty for everyone in the audience to connect with. So even if the climactic action mayhem gets a bit ridiculous, the movie keeps us laughing. And it also makes us want to get up on that stage and belt out a few numbers.

It's set in a city populated by animals. Buster (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a koala who has been obsessed with musical theatre since he saw the diva Nana (Jennifer Hudson then Jennifer Saunders) perform when he was a child. So he grew up and bought the theatre. Now with audiences waning, he stages a musical competition to save the theatre. In the auditions, he selects his finalists: anarchist porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), jazzy mafioso mouse Mike (Seth MacFarlane) and silky voiced gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton). He also teams up two pigs as a double-act: frazzled housewife Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and German dancer Gunter (Nick Kroll). There's also golden-voiced elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), who's too shy to face the audience so takes a role backstage. Of course, nothing goes as planned.

The key conflict comes from Buster's frantic efforts to avoid bankruptcy, plus rather half-hearted action subplots involving a gang of bears and Johnny's criminally minded relatives. These generate quite a bit of tension that erupts into rather outrageously destructive slapstick along the way. More interesting are the personal journeys of the various contestants, especially as Ash, Meena and Johnny all discover their voices and Rosita finds inventive ways to balance her long-lost career with her role as a mother to 25 rambunctious piglets. Yes, the film is rather crowded with characters and storylines, and the animation looks plasticky, but everything comes together cleverly,

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Jennifer Hudson Wants To Work With The Voice UK Judges On Music


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Jennifer Hudson wants to work with all three of her fellow 'The Voice UK' judges on music.

The 'Dream Girls' star has learnt a lot from watching Will.i.am, Gavin Rossdale and Sir Tom Jones on the ITV programme and says she and the Black Eyed Peas star are going to record together once filming for the spinning-chair show is complete.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, she shared: ''I do plan on working with will for my next album.''

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The Voice UK coaches (Will.Iam, Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale) attend a photocall to promote the start of the blind auditions for The Voice UK. Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 18th October 2016

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Sir Tom Jones Returning To 'The Voice UK'


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Sir Tom Jones is set to return to the coaching panel of ‘The Voice UK’ for its first series on ITV, having been unceremoniously dumped by the BBC just over a year ago.

The 76 year old Welsh crooning legend will be one of the four coaches in the upcoming first series of the talent show at its new home on ITV, to which it’s moved after five seasons on the BBC where it enjoyed mixed fortunes.

“I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on ‘The Voice UK’,” Jones said in a statement. “I had some great times on the show and I can’t wait again to discover and help some brand new talent. And of course be back with my pal Will.i.am.”

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Jennifer Hudson seen leaving Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon held at Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th September 2016

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2016 Summer TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour Day 1 held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - California, United States - Tuesday 2nd August 2016

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Jennifer Hudson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley And Laverne Cox: The Best Dressed Ladies Of The 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards


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It was the fashion Oscars last night (June 6th 2016) at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York; the CFDA Fashion Awards presented a host of the most glamorous women in showbusiness as it announced the designers and icons who have bagged prizes this year. 

Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson gave some Red Queen glamour

Of course, it was Beyonce who landed the coveted Fashion Icon Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and indeed she showed off her talents in the wardrobe department by eschewing the traditional red carpet gown in favour of a striped pant-suit and an enormous brimmed hat (kind of like a cross between Beetlejuice and Winona Ryder in the same film). Bey-utiful. It's just as well she opted for something a little different given that her contemporaries were especially difficult to beat; Jennifer Hudson showed off her enviable curves in a black and red Prabal Gurung piece that was more reminiscent of the Red Queen.

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Chi-Raq Trailer


On his latest project, director Spike Lee creates an current day version of Aristophanes' ancient Greek play Lysistrata.

Samuel L. Jackson's character narrates us through the story 'Welcome to Chi-raq, land Of Pain, misery and strife' and tells the viewers how this particular story came to life. After the accidental death of a child by a gun shot, the ladies of a neighbourhood in Chicago (which garnered the epithet Chi-raq for its similarities to Iraq) decided to take matters into their own hands.

One woman, Lysistrata, has an idea, a battle cry of her own, but one to unite the women of Chicago in a bid to stop their men from 'bangin' and slingin', flightin' for the flag and risking that long zipper on a cadaver bag.'

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Russell Wilson Throws Surprise Superhero Party For Ciara’s 30th Birthday


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Ciara was treated to one incredible surprise by her boyfriend, NFL player Russell Wilson, when he threw a party to celebrate her 30th birthday. Wilson arranged for Ciara’s family and friends to dress up as their favourite superheroes and he had a few additional surprises in store for Ciara.

CiaraCiara photographed at an appearance at Topshop in Las Vegas, October 2015.

Read More: Ciara And Russell Wilson Are Dating, Abstaining From Sex For Religious Reasons.

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Jennifer Hudson’s Son ‘Saved Her Life’ After The 2008 Murders Of Her Mother, Brother & Nephew


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There are some things we don’t like to talk about simply because they’re too painful and Jennifer Hudson certainly has a part of her life which she rarely discusses in public. Hudson, in a recent interview, opened up about the murders of her mother, brother and nephew. She also revealed how the birth of her son, a year after the 2008 murders, helped her get through her grief.

Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson at a New York and Soho Jeans launch event in July 2015.

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Labrinth Gets Down On One Knee At V


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Celebs have been more romantic than ever this year, making surprise appearances at ordinary couples' weddings, helping friends propose live on stage, and even popping the question themselves in front of huge audiences. And Labrinth continued the trend today (Saturday 22 August) by asking his girlfriend, Muz, to marry him, live at V Festival in Essex.

Labrinth and Muz at the Raymond Weil Geneva eventLabrinth has asked Muz to marry him

The singer-producer was performing at the annual event at Hylands Park in Chelmsford when he got down on one knee and proposed to his long-term partner, to the delight of thousands of fans.

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Jennifer Hudson Makes Surprise Appearance At Wedding In Dallas


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Jennifer Hudson has gone all Gary Barlow on us, crashing a couple's wedding and making their day even more special than it already was.

The Oscar-winning singer and actress turned up at one of Dallas's first same-sex weddings, as Scott and Chris Lindsey tied the knot at the W Dallas-Victory hotel in Texas on Wednesday after 14 years together.

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Best Moments From The Star-Studded IHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 [Photos]


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The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards saw some pretty epic moments this weekend, and some of the most hotly anticipated performances of the year. The top prize of 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award went to Justin Timberlake, but he wasn't the biggest winner of the night...

Madonna and Taylor Swift at iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 (Credit: Kevin Winter at Getty Images Entertainment)
Madonna and Taylor Swift at iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 (Credit: Kevin Winter at Getty Images Entertainment)

Apart from winning three accolades - for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Lyrics - Taylor Swift was winning in many other ways. She's been gushing to everyone who'll listen recently  about Queen of Pop Madonna apparently praising her music in an interview, but the 'Blank Space' singer landed the chance to perform with her idol as she and her guitar joined the diva on stage for a rendition of Madonna's new single 'Ghosttown', taken from recently released thirteenth album 'Rebel Heart'.

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Jennifer Hudson

Date of birth

12th September, 1981

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

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Jennifer Hudson Movies

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Chi-Raq Trailer

Chi-Raq Trailer

On his latest project, director Spike Lee creates an current day version of Aristophanes' ancient...

Black Nativity Trailer

Black Nativity Trailer

Christmas time is coming but for young Langston, happy holidays aren't going to come easy....

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete Trailer

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete Trailer

Mister is a 13-year-old boy living amongst the poverty stricken suburbs of Brooklyn, New York....

Winnie Mandela Trailer

Winnie Mandela Trailer

When young Winnie Madikizela first set eyes on lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in...

Black Nativity Trailer

Black Nativity Trailer

Langston Hughes is a street-smart teenager whose life gets complicated when his beloved mother, with...

The Three Stooges Movie Review

The Three Stooges Movie Review

The Farrelly brothers return to the vacuously silly style of Dumb and Dumber for this...

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The Three Stooges Trailer

The Three Stooges Trailer

The Three Stooges is a comic caper, following the lives of three men who were...

The Secret Life Of Bees Trailer

The Secret Life Of Bees Trailer

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The Secret Life of Bees Movie Review

The Secret Life of Bees Movie Review

Caucasians, apparently, have no soul. Or heart. Or common sense. According to the movies, whenever...

Sex and the City Movie Review

Sex and the City Movie Review

Whenever you bring a popular TV series to the big screen, you always face one...

Dreamgirls Movie Review

Dreamgirls Movie Review

If only they had let Bill Condon direct Chicago instead of just writing the screenplay....

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