Jennifer Hudson

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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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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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Iggy Azalea appeared on The Cruz Show on Los Angeles' Power 106 on Friday (27th February) and explained why she has retired from social media. Azalea stressed how emotionally draining cyber bullying and negative internet attention is and how it was making her "hate people". The 24-year-old rapper further emphasised how being caught up in unpleasant Twitter "battles" was detrimental to her work and creativity.

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Jennifer I am black South Africa Female my parayers got to you and your family.

6 years 3 months ago
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if they take jennifer hudson out of the winnie mandela movie, im gonna tell everyone i know not to watch the movie.the movie will not be good without jennifer hudson.they cant get mad because a fantastic actress like jennifer hudson got the part.she deserved the part.i think that this will be a good part for her.well every movie part she trys out for is good for her.

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shurli

Here in Cananda, we love jennifer hudson I have watched your rise to the merican ream from day one.Your a beautiful talented person and today our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

6 years 5 months ago
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babydoll42

Jennifer I love You...I have been watching the news lately and my heart and prayers goes out to you and your family. Believe they are in a better place now, they are with our Lord Jesus Christ now and they are resting in peace or soon will be. Keep your head up and stay positive!!!! Mom is always first and she will be still be watching...God Bless You and Your Family.

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HI HENNIFER,MY NAME IS REGLA CONSUEGRA.I'M FROM CUBAI ARRIVED TO THE USA 1 YEAR AGO.I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT A LOT PEOPLE ASQUED MY ABOUT YOU AND SOME OF THEM ARE TO THINK THAT I AM YOU FAMILLY.THEY SAY THAT I LOOK LIKE YOU OR YOU LOOK LIKE ME.THAT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE ANYWHERE I GO SOME BODY SPEAK TO ME ABOUT YOU AND ME!!IN MY WORK,ON THE STREET,IN THE MALL,IN MY APPOYMENT WHITH THE DOCTOR!!!.IS CRAZY!BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT CAN I DO!!!!

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I have been a fan of jennifer hudson from day one and when i heard the news it really hurt to see someone go throw all that. my familys prays and blessing go out to you and your family.

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My daughter and i are very sorry for what has happen to your family. We feel like it was our own, we have been fans of yours since idol. You are a very loving and caring person and we have they catch who did this and they fry for it.our prays are with you.joann and mhargo.

6 years 4 months ago
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mrs c

I think thank jennifer has a long way and needs to keep up the great work.I watch her movie dream girls over and over,and I enjoy it each time as it was my first time.Much love to ya!

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