- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
The story of Jennifer Kate Hudson is the living proof of how someone so invisible at the beginning can actually raise to stardom through hard work and determination. Starting her life in Chicago, Illinois, young Hudson who was born September 12, 1981 was lucky to be exposed to such a soulful city. She performed in the small church of her town as a choir solo singer due to the influence from her grand mother, Julia Hudson, who equally was a choir member. She graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in 1999, worked in Burger King for a while, and engaged in a Chicago's musical production "Big River" where she sang professionally. Soon her talent began to find its way to prominence by performing in Disney's Wonder cruise ship.
To take a bigger leap she decided to enter the one-way-ticket-to-stardom singing contest in 2004, which was none other than the highly rated American Idol. Impressed the judges, she was in for the semifinals before almost missing her chance if Randy Jackson had not put her in the wild card position. Making it through to the semifinals, Hudson had to struggle to maintain her position in the Top 12. Tired of getting actually had been famously played in Broadway by Jennifer Holliday in 1981. Being a first timer big screen actress, it was not an easy road to be in a movie alongside renowned actors such as Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy. Amazingly, instead of being outshined, Hudson with her astounding voice startled the audience by singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the movie. It was such a breakthrough performance that hardly any awards excluded her in the nomination list of Best Supporting Actress.
Due to her brilliant portrayal, everybody in the movie industry had predicted that Hudson would win several awards. Eventually all came as expected, first she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in the Golden Globes and then SAG and BAFTA came along with similar awards. And best of all she was granted Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2007 Academy Awards held on February 25. In the most prestigious event she also performed the song "Love You I Do." Since, she suddenly became a highly demanded both actress and singer. Hands full, she reached the peak of her career after doing