- Real Name:Jennifer Kate Hudson
- Date of Birth:9/12/1981
- Birth Place:Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Occupation:Singer, actress
Began singing when she was 7-years-old. As a child, Jennifer performed as part of a choir at her local church in Chicago.
Beat American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino for her role in Dreamgirls (2006).
Beat out 782 actresses for her role in Dreamgirls (2006).
The first contestant from "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (2002) to be nominated and win an Academy Award.
One of a very few actors to receive an Oscar for their debut performance.
After appearing on the March 2007 issue of Vogue magazine, she became the third African-American celebrity to grace the front cover.
Worked at Burger King before becoming a contestant on "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (2002) and winning the role of her Academy-Award winning performance in Dreamgirls (2006).
Her mother Darnell, aged 57, and brother Jason, aged 29, were shot and killed at their home in Chicago on October 24, 2008. Her nephew Julian Hudson-King, aged seven, was kidnapped and later found on October 27, dead due to multiple gun shot wounds, in the rear seat of a white SUV ten miles from the family home. Her brother-in-law William Balfour, who is the estranged husband of her sister Julia, was later arrested for the homicides.