Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning American singer, actress and spokesperson. She first gained fame as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, where she finished in seventh place. She released her debut album, â€˜Jennifer Hudson” on September 27, 2008 via Arista Records. It charted at no. 2 in U.S., no. 21 in UK, no. 46 in Ireland. It was certified as “Gold” in US and UK and sold 839,000 copies in U.S. and 172,720 in UK. Her song “Love You I Do” won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture in 2008. She made her acting debut as Effie White in Dreamgirls in 2006, for which she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other movie credits include, The Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela and Sandy Wexler. Born Jennifer Kate Hudson on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, to Darnell Donnerson and Samuel Simpson, she grew up as a Baptist in Englewood. She is a 1999 graduate of Dunbar Vocational Career Academy. She was in a relationship with WWE wrestler David Otunga from 2008 to 2017, with whom she had a son named David Daniel Otunga, Jr. in 2009.
Jennifer Kate Hudson Personal Details
Family / Birth / Real Name:
Jennifer Kate Hudson
Date of Birth:
12 September 1981
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Race / Ethnicity:
Occupation / Job(s):
Actress, Singer, Spokesperson
Zodiac / Birth Sign:
Jennifer Kate Hudson Family Details
Julia Simpson (Older Sister) , Dinah Simpson (Half-Sister), Jason Simpson (Older Brother) Others: Julian King (Nephew), Julia (Maternal Grandmother)
David Daniel Otunga Jr. (Son)
Jennifer Kate Hudson Body Measurements
Height in Feet:
Height in Meters:
Overall Body Weight in Kilogram:
Overall Body Weight in Pounds:
Body Build / Type:
Feet/ Shoe Size:
35-28-36 in (89-71-91.5 cm)
35 inches (89 cm)
28 inches (71 cm)
36 inches (91.5 cm)
Jennifer Kate Hudson Distinctive Features
The sweet big smile
Jennifer Kate Hudson Education
Dunbar Vocational High School Kennedy-King College Langston UniversityDunbar Vocational High School Kennedy-King College Langston University
Jennifer Kate Hudson Brand Endorsements
She is the brand ambassador of Weight Watchers (2010).
Hudson has appeared in a television commercial about Weight Watchersâ€™ â€œPoint Plusâ€ (in 2012), Weight Watchersâ€™ â€œBecause it works!â€ (in 2011), and Weight Watchers 360 (in 2013) along with Jessica Simpson.
Jennifer appeared in print ads of whymilk.comâ€™s â€œMilk Mustacheâ€.
Best Known For
Her work in 2006 movie Dreamgirls, 2008 movie The Secret Life of Bees, 2011 movie Winnie Mandela.
Hudson released her debut album titled Jennifer Hudson on September 27, 2008 via Arista Records. It charted at no. 2 in U.S., no. 21 in UK, no. 46 in Ireland. It was certified as â€œGoldâ€ in US and UK and sold 839,000 copies in U.S. and 172,720 in UK.
She debuted with 2006 musical drama film Dreamgirls for her role as Effie White. The film won a whopping 29 awards and 6 nominations.
First TV Show
In 2004, Jennifer took part in reality-singing competition series American Idol. She was placed 7th in this 3rd season of the show.
*She began singing at the age of 7. *She became Weight Watchers spokesperson in 2010. *She served as a guest judge in The X Factor UK in series 8 in 2011. *She became the first contestant from American Idol (2002) to be nominated and receive an Academy Award. *She cites Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Whitney Houston as big influences. *She does not smoke and drink. *She used to work at Burger King before becoming a contestant on American Idol (2002). *Visit her official website: www.jenniferhudson.com