An Academy Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning recording artist and
bestselling author, JENNIFER HUDSON (Naima) is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after
week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she's gone on to worldwide
Hudson was most recently seen starring alongside Terrence Howard in Darrell
Roodt's WINNIE MANDELA, in which she plays the titular role of activist, politician and
ex-wife to South African President and revolutionary Nelson Mandela. Continuing to
diversify, Hudson has most recently been seen in director George Tillman Jr.'s THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT
OF MISTER AND PETE, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was
released by Lionsgate/CodeBlack on October 11th. The beautifully observed and tremendously
moving film features Hudson as a drug-addicted mother, 'Gloria,' who abandons her son who
must then fend for himself in the projects of New York City for a summer after she's arrested.
In late 2012, Hudson also completed production on LULLABY, an ensemble drama where she appears
with Richard Jenkins, Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.
2013 was also a huge success for Hudson's music career, being honored with the privilege to perform the Presidential Inauguration, Super Bowl XLVII and the
Academy Awards in a tribute to movie musicals. In addition, Hudson released her new single "I
Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" produced by Pharrell Williams and featuring T.I. The
critically acclaimed track is the first off her new album, which will be released in early 2014.
Hudson was also honored by the Recording Academy at the Annual Grammy's on the Hill for her
philanthropic efforts, specifically with her organization, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation.
The same year, Hudson was also honored at VH1's Do Something Awards for her charitable work and
was honored again in October at Variety's Power of Women luncheon with the Samsung
Galaxy Impact Award.
In February 2013, Hudson was seen in three episodes for a guest starring arc on
NBC's acclaimed series, "Smash," as a Broadway star in the show's second season. In
April of the same year, Hudson was seen in Lifetime's series of short films centered on the topic
of mental illness. "Call Me Crazy," a follow-up to critically acclaimed anthology on the impact of
breast cancer "Five," was directed by Ashley Judd.
Expanding her talents in the arts, Hudson added author and clothing designer to
her list of accomplishments in 2012. First in January with the release her New York Times
best-selling memoir, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that
Weighed Me Down and then with the launch of her first clothing line the Jennifer Hudson
Collection, which debuted on QVC in September. In April of the same year, Hudson could also
be seen back on the big screen in the Farrelly brothers' comedy, "The Three Stooges," in
which she played Sister Rosemary.
In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as 'Effie' in the smash hit DREAMGIRLS, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance
also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP
Image Award. Additional credits include being honored by the Broadcast Film Critics
Association, the National Board of Review and being named 'Entertainer of the Year' at the Soul
Hudson also received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2009 for her role in Fox Searchlight's THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. Directed by Gina Prince Blythewood, the
stellar cast included Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keyes and Queen Latifah. Prior to THE
SECRET LIFE OF BEES, Hudson co-starred in the box office hit SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE,
joining the hit television series' original cast of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall,
Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
Hudson has made the same kind of impact in the world of music that she has made
in film with the successful release of both of her Arista Records albums. Her
sophomore album, I Remember Me, was introduced on March 22, 2011 to rave reviews. The album debuted
at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B Albums charts and has since been certified RIAA
Gold in the U.S. She went on to receive a 2012 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B
Album as well as taking home two 2012 NAACP Image Awards for 'Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Album.' Additional recent collaborations include "Think Like A Man"
with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross for the title track of the film and critically acclaimed single
"Night Of Your Life" with David Guetta for his most recent hit-album Nothing But The Beat.
Hudson's 2008 debut self-titled album won a Grammy Award for 'Best R & B Album,' which was presented by one of Hudson's idols, Whitney Houston. She also received
three additional nominations including 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,' 'Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals' and 'Best R&B Song.' The album then
went on to win three awards at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards including "Best Album." The RIAA
Gold Certified album entered Billboard's Top 200 at No. 2 and marked the biggest
first week sales for an R&B female entry since 2004 and has since sold over 1.1 million albums
worldwide to date.
In 2009, Hudson, along with her sister Julia, founded The Julian D. King Gift
Foundation in loving memory of Jennifer's nephew and Julia's son, who they lost in 2008. As
a catalyst for change in children's health, education and welfare, the Foundation exists to
provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they
will become productive, confident and happy adults. The work of the Foundation is carried
out through fund raising events, the content and proceeds of which are used to support and
encourage the positive development of children.
Jennifer and Julia have thus far hosted four Annual Toy
Drives at Christmas for less fortunate children in the Chicago area as well as founding
"Hatch Day" in 2011, an annual back-to-school supply drive, which takes place in August on
Julian's birthday to make sure all children start their school year with the supplies they need. This
year, "Hatch Day" provided backpacks and school supplies for over 6,800 Chicago children in need.
Hudson has been the national spokesperson for Weight Watchers since 2010.
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