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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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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.

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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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New York & Company Soho Jeans launch

Jennifer Hudson - New York & Company Soho Jeans launch event at Marquee - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 22nd July 2015

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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.

Jennifer Hudson at We DayJ-Hud gave two grooms a day to remember

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Jennifer Hudson - I Still Love You


Jennifer Hudson explores marriage equality in the touching video for her song 'I Still Love You', which appears on her third studio album 'JHUD', released in 2014 through RCA Records. The video has been released as part of Logo's #All50 campaign.

2015 We Day - Performance

Jennifer Hudson - A variety of stars performed at the 2015 We Day held which was held at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois, United States - Thursday 30th April 2015

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Jennifer Hudson and Lupe Fiasco
Jennifer Hudson and Lupe Fiasco

2015 We Day

Jennifer Hudson - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived to the 2015 We Day which was held at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois, United States - Thursday 30th April 2015

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2nd Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards_Press Room

Jennifer Hudson - 2nd Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards_Press Room at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 29th March 2015

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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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iHeart Radio Music Awards 2015 Press Room

Jennifer Hudson - A host of stars were snapped in the iHeart Radio Music Awards 2015 Press Room after the ceremony which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 30th March 2015

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Iggy Azalea - Trouble


Iggy Azalea has released a music video for her single, 'Trouble', featuring Jennifer Hudson. The single was released online on 24th February 2015, and also featured on Azalea's reissue of her debut studio album.

Iggy Azalea Quit Social Media Because It Was Making Her "Hate People"


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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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Iggy Azalea has retired from Twitter.

Read More: Iggy Azalea Quits Twitter After Stream Of Insults About Her Body. 

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Gorgon City - Go All Night (Erick Morillo Club Mix)


Erick Morillo has released a club mix of Gorgon City's 'Go All Night' featuring Jennifer Hudson. The single was released by Gorgon City on 14th December 2014, after appearing on their 6th October 2014 debut studio album, 'Sirens'.

Jennifer Hudson To Make Broadway Debut In 'The Color Purple'


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Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson is to take to the Broadway stage for the first time in an upcoming revival of ‘The Color Purple’, it was announced on Friday.

Producers Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Oprah Winfrey revealed Hudson’s casting as Shug Avery, who was played Margaret Avery in the 1985 film version and by Elisabeth Withers-Mendes in the original stage adaptation back in 2005.

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Jennifer Hudson will at long last take her Broadway bow in 'The Color Purple' later this year

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Gorgon City - Go All Night (Aquilo Remix)


Aquilo unveil their remix of Gorgon City's latest single 'Go All Night' featuring Jennifer Hudson. The song features on their debut album 'Sirens', released in October 2014 through Virgin EMI and Black Butter Records.

Gorgon City - Go All Night


Gorgon City have finally unveiled the official video to their dance single 'Go All Night' featuring Jennifer Hudson, which appears on their  debut album 'Sirens' released earlier this year through Black Butter Records and Virgin EMI.

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Jennifer Hudson

Date of birth

12th September, 1981

Occupation

Musician; Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.75