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Bio For: Jennifer Hudson
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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 acclaim.

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 Train Awards.

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.

Movies For: Jennifer Hudson
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BLACK NATIVITY (PG) On Video: 4/15/2014 At Theaters: 11/27/2013
THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE (R) On Video: 2/4/2014 At Theaters: 10/11/2013
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (PG-13) On Video: 2/3/2009 At Theaters: 10/17/2008
DREAMGIRLS (PG-13) On Video: 5/1/2007 At Theaters: 12/22/2006
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