Jennifer Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, finishing seventh. Hudson made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Black Nativity. Her television appearances, including guest roles on Smash, Empire, and Inside Amy Schumer.

Birth Name

Jennifer Kate Hudson




Singer, Actress, Spokesperson



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Jennifer Hudson was born on 12 September 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


She’s currently 37 years old.

Sun Sign



Jennifer attended Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois from where she graduated in 1999. She, then, joined Langston University in Langston in Oklahoma, but dropped out of the college due to homesickness and unsuitable weather conditions, and enrolled at the Kennedy–King College in Chicago.





Family Details

  • Father – Samuel Simpson (Bus Driver) (Died in 1999)
  • Mother –  Darnell Donnerson (Died in October 2008)
  • Siblings – Jason Hudson (Older Brother) (Mechanic), Julia Hudson (Older Sister) (School Bus Driver), Dinah Simpson (Half-Sister)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Jennifer Hudson dated –

  • David Otunga – Jennifer Hudson and American wrestler and actor David Otunga got engaged on September 12, 2008. They have a son, named David Daniel Otunga, Jr., born on August 10, 2009. Past to that, she dated James Payton from 1999 until they separated in late 2007.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
  • In centimeters – 175 cm
  • In meters – 1.75 m


  • In Kilograms – 70 kg
  • In Pounds – 154 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 35-28-36
  • Bust – 35 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 32C

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).



Professional Statistics

Singing Debut

Jennifer released her first album titled Jennifer Hudson on September 27, 2008. It debuted at no. 2 in U.S., no. 21 in UK, no. 46 in Ireland. She has released three studio albums, sixteen singles, five promotional singles and ten music videos.


  • Jennifer Hudson (2008)
  • I Remember Me (2011)
  • JHUD (2014)

Film Debut

In 2006, Jennifer  made her acting debut in the musical drama film Dreamgirls, playing the her role of Effie White. She won praise and acclaim for her role in the film that earned her a whopping 29 awards and 6 nominations. She also appeared in Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, and Black Nativity.

Television Debut

In 2004, Jennifer appeared as a contestant in the reality-singing competition series American Idol Season 3. She was placed 7th in the show.

Brand Endorsements

Jennifer has not appeared in a commercial for any brand yet.

Jennifer Hudson Favorites

  • Favorite Pop Artist – Céline Dion
  • Favorite Music Style – R&B, pop
  • Favorite Movie – Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
  • Favorite Outfits – Urban Outfitters, Forever 21

Jennifer Hudson Net worth

She has net worth of $25 million dollars as of 2019. She lives with her family in a luxury house at Chicago. She owns a BMW.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jennifer Hudson

  • She won several awards for her performance in the debut film, Dreamgirls, including Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress, British Academy Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress, becoming one of the few actors to win an Oscar for a debut performance.
  • She is the first participant from American Idol to have won a nomination and an Academy Award.
  • In October 2008, Hudson took hiatus from public appearances for few months after her mother, brother, and nephew were killed in a shooting.
  • Hudson has been described as a friend of former President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills during his first term in May 2009.
  • In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • She was the coach on the thirteenth season of The Voice U.S.


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