1. Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.
2. As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006), for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
3. She has also appeared in such films as Sex and the City (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008) and Winnie Mandela (2013).
4. As a singer, Hudson won a Grammy Award for her debut album, Jennifer Hudson, released in 2008.
5. The album spawned the hit single “Spotlight” and was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide.
6. Her second album, I Remember Me, was released 2011 and was certified gold by the RIAA, producing the hit “Where You At”.
7. In October 2008, after Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting, Hudson stepped out of the public eye for three months.
8. In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label.
9. She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004.
10. The bottom three consisting of three African-American females led to controversy.
11. In one of her first appearances on a record, Hudson is featured in a duet, “The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be”, on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.
12. In September 2006, Hudson performed the song, “Over It,” live on Fox Chicago Morning News.
13. The track was produced by Chicago natives Powell and Herman Little III, who also arranged the song. The power-ballad would later become available on the deluxe edition of Hudson’s self-titled album as a bonus track.
14. In November 2005, Hudson was cast in the role of Effie White for the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, which also starred Jamie Foxx, Beyonc Knowles and Eddie Murphy.
15. The role, originally created in a Broadway performance by Jennifer Holliday, marked Hudson’s debut screen performance.
16. She won the role over hundreds of professional singers and actresses, including Fantasia Barrino. Filming of Dreamgirls began on January 9, 2006, and the film went into limited release on December 25, 2006, and national release on January 12, 2007.
17. Hudson has won particular praise for her show-stopping onscreen rendition of the hit song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, the signature song of the role, which had earlier been recorded, and had already reached the status of musical standard, because of the definitive performance of Jennifer Holliday.
18. As Effie White, Hudson has garnered 29 awards from film critics as Best Supporting Actress and Breakthrough Performer of 2006.
19. She won the Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
20. In addition, she has been named Best Supporting Actress by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and also by the Screen Actors Guild.
21. After seeing Hudson’s performance in Dreamgirls, Simon Cowell taped a congratulatory message to her, which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show. On February 11, 2007, the 60th British Academy Film Awards were held in London, but Hudson was not there to accept her award for BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.