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American recording artist, actress and spokesperson

  • Jennifer Kate Hudson was born September 12, 1981.
  • She came up in the third season of American Idol and ended up in seventh place in the finals.
  • She made her film debut in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.
  • She won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in her debut film.
  • As kid, she performing by singing with the church choir and doing community theater with the help of her late maternal grandmother, Julia.
  • In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label.
  • In late 2008, her mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting.
  • She performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • She sold 1,280,000 albums and 2,237,000 tracks in the United States as of February 2012.
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