Grammy Award-winning singer and multi-talented American actress Jennifer Hudson has been a prominent figure in the American Entertainment Industry. The gorgeous celebrity rose to fame after she appeared as an American Idol season 3 finalist in 2004. Hudson is best known for her role in the award-winning movie titled DreamGirls. The charming actress has received numerous awards including Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy awards for her outstanding and immense contributions to the American Entertainment industry.
There are so many things to learn about the multi-talented celebrity, but here are some things to note about Jennifer Hudson’s biography, age, height, personal life, husband, net worth, and other facts.
Jennifer Hudson Biography (Age and Family)
The multi-talented celebrity Jennifer Kate Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States on September 12, 1981. She was raised as a Baptist along with her two siblings in Eastwood. Her parents were Samuel Simpson and Darnell Donnerson, she holds American nationality and belongs to African-American ethnic background.
During her childhood, Hudson joined the church choir and started performing in the community theatre with the help of her grandmother named Julia at the age of 7. She attended Dunbar Vocational High School and graduated in 1999. After her graduation from Dunbar High School, she enrolled at Langston University where she did only a semester and left due to unfavorable weather conditions and distance. She transferred to Kennedy-King College where she got her Bachelors’s degree.
Career and Rise To Fame
After her graduation from college, Jennifer Hudson started her music career in 2002 after she signed a five-year recording contract with Righteous Records based in Chicago. Few years into her contract, she was released so she could appear on the talent hunt show called American Idol in 2004. At the American Idol competition, Jennifer made it to the finals but unfortunately, she finished at the seventh position. Through the show, she was able to build a huge fan base and her popularity began to increase.
However, Jennifer Hudson also made her movie debut after she auditioned for and won the role of a Motown singer in the movie Dreamgirls. For her impressive performance, the young actress earned a Gloden Globe and Oscar award the same year. The multi-talented actress continued to wax stronger in her movie career while carrying on with her music career. In 2008, she appeared in the movie Sex in The City, and later in the same year, she released her debut album titled Jennifer Hudson on September 30 the same year.
Jennifer’s debut album was able to hit No 2 on America’s music chart Billboard 200 and sold over a million copies in the United States. The album also won a Grammy award for the Best RnB Album in 2008.
Awards and Recognition
The amazing singer has bagged numerous awards since the inception of the career courtesy of her brilliant and excellent performances both in movies and singing. She was honored with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her recording on November 13, 2013, and she is one of the 27 actresses who have received an award for their outstanding roles in a musical.
So far, the multi-talented celebrity has been nominated for 78 awards out of which she has won 38. Her latest album titled JHUD was released in 2014 and she is currently one of the Judges in the American singing competition The Voice.
Despite not winning the American Idol show, the multi-talented actress and singer Hudson has risen above standard and has recorded more successes than any of her fellow finalists. She amassed so much wealth from the sale of her debut album titled Jennifer Hudson in 2008. The album was a hit and sold over a million copies in the United States.
The star actress has also earned a lot of money from her acting career since her first film debut in the award-winning Dreamgirls in 2006. Since then, her net worth has continued to increase as she gets to the peak of her career. Jennifer Hudson is currently enjoying an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Jennifer Hudson Family Tragedy
Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson and her nephew Julian King were reportedly killed in October 2008 during a home invasion and kidnapping. However, after series of investigations by the FBI the culprit was Jennifer’s former brother-in-law named William Balfour. ChicagoTribune reported that he was convicted with a 77-count charge of first-degree murder, home invasion, and aggravated kidnapping. William Balfour is currently incarcerated in Statesville Correctional Centre in Crest Hill, Illinois.
Despite her loss, Jennifer has remained strong in the course of her career though weighed down whenever she remembers that her close family members are no more. According to her, she finds solace in her son whom she gave birth to one year after the tragedy.
Personal Life: Married / Husband
The gorgeous celebrity has been in few relationships in the past. She was dating a man named James Payton since she was 18 years old. Their relationship finally hit the rocks in 2007 after the duo decided to call it a quit.
One year later, Jennifer met David Otunga, a Harvard Law graduate, and a professional WWE wrestler. The couple got engaged in September 2008 and in August 2009, the couple welcomed their first baby named Daniel Otunga Jr. Despite being together for ten years, the duo separated in November 2017 and have been in the fight for the custody of their son Daniel.
The Grammy award-winning Superstar unlike some other celebrities, who embarked on celebrity weight loss, shared her success story in 2010. She was able to shed 80 pounds and has maintained her physique for over seven years. That’s an impressive part of the story, right?
You might be wondering what it is she has done that has helped her maintain her slim body structure until now. The multi-talented Superstar has also become a role model for many people who want to toll the same line.
Jenny further became the spokesperson for Weight Watchers, an American company that offers products to assist weight loss. She released an autobiography titled I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down where she detailed everything about her weight loss journey.
Quick Facts about Jennifer Hudson – Height/Wiki
Birth Name: Jennifer Kate Hudson
Date of Birth: September 12, 1981
Birth City: Chicago, United States
Birth Sign: Virgo
Education: Kennedy-King College
Profession: Singer, actress
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 70 kg (154 pounds)
Body Measurements: 35-28-36
Marital Status: Single
Spouse: David Otunga
Children: 1 (Daniel Otunga Jr)
Net Worth: $20 million