Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actor, and talk show host. Her nickname, J.Hud, sometimes refers to her. She has won numerous awards over her career for her work in theater, television, film, and recorded music.
After winning the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT) honors, Hudson became the second African-American woman and the youngest person to win all four of the major American entertainment prizes.
In 2013, she was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was listed by Time as one of the world’s 100 most important people in 2020.
What is Jennifer Hudson Net Worth?
As of 2023, Jennifer Hudson’s net worth is estimated to be around $30 million. She earns money from her music, acting, and talk show hosting careers, as well as from her endorsements and awards.
How Did Jennifer Hudson Start Her Singing Career?
On September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, Jennifer Kate Hudson was born. She was raised in Chicago’s Englewood area and is the youngest of three children. After completing her studies at Dunbar Vocational High School in 1999, Hudson enrolled at Langston University to pursue her further education.
But she was so homesick that she dropped out of the university and enrolled at Kennedy-King College. When Hudson was seven years old, she started singing in the church choir. Her grandma Julia also encouraged her to participate in community theater.
In 2002, she inked her first recording deal with Chicago-based small label Righteous Records. She was, however, released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records in 2004 after being offered the chance to participate in the reality competition show “American Idol.”
In Atlanta, Hudson first went on the “American Idol” third season audition circuit. Before, she was singing and acting as one of the Muses from “Hercules” aboard the Disney Cruise Lines ship Disney Wonder.
She competed admirably, even earning the most votes in the “Top 9” round, but two weeks later, in the “Top 7” round, she was eliminated. Hudson is recognized by many as one of the best competitors in the program, even if he did not win.
She had the most surprising exit of all time when she was ranked by MTV as the sixth greatest “American Idol” in 2009. 2010 saw Hudson ranked by the Los Angeles Times as the third-greatest “American Idol” in the show’s history, behind Kelly Clarkson, the winner of season one, and Carrie Underwood, the winner of season four.
How Has Jennifer Hudson’s Career Evolved Over Time?
Hudson’s acting career began in November 2005 when she played Effie White in the “Dreamgirls” musical film adaption. She starred with well-known actors, including Eddie Murphy, Beyoncé, and Jamie Foxx.
She was praised widely for her performance after defeating hundreds of experienced singers and actresses, like Fantasia Barrino, for the part. Her performance of the song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” in particular, was praised for being exceptionally good.
Hudson received 29 honors for her role as Effie White, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Additionally, she received awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress. Hudson has supporting roles in a number of movies after “Dreamgirls,” such as “Sex and the City” (2008) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008).
After that, Hudson went on to play lead parts in movies like “Cats” (2019), “Winnie Mandela” (2013), “Black Nativity” (2013), and “Fragments” (2009). In addition, she made her Broadway debut in “The Color Purple” in 2015.
Her performance in the play earned her a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017. In addition, Hudson made televised appearances as a coach on the thirteenth and fifteenth seasons of the American version of “The Voice,” as well as the sixth and eighth seasons of “The Voice UK.”
Hudson played Aretha Franklin in the movie “Respect” in 2021, for which she received the NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award. In September 2022, she debuted “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” her chat show.
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Jennifer Hudson Real State Investment
Jennifer paid $3 million in 2011 for a 12,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in the Burr Ridge neighborhood of Chicago. The stunning 2007-built home also features hardwood floors, multiple laundry rooms, a personal movie theater, and a floating staircase.
She paid somewhat less than $3 million for the property, which was far less than what was initially suggested. She will definitely have enough space in her 12,000-square-foot home to add more accolades to her already amazing collection in the future.
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