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.
Biography by Contactmusic.com