Jennifer Hudson Net Worth, Earnings, Kids, Songs, Movies

Jennifer Hudson Net Worth, The Impossible Dream

Jennifer Hudson is one of the most popular singers and actress from American.

She gained her fame in 2004 when she was one of the finalists on American Idol season 3.

Her acting career began when she first appeared in an Award-winning film “Dreamgirls” (2006).

She received several prestigious awards because of her performances in the film.

Both as an actress and singer, she has a wonderful career and such a huge net worth too.

As of this year, Jennifer Hudson has an estimated net worth of $20 million based on Celebrity Net Worth website.

Jennifer Hudson Bio, Date of Birth, Education

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She was born as Jennifer Kate Hudson in Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Hudson date of birth was September 12, 1981.

Jennifer Hudson is the youngest child of Darnell Donerson and Samuel Simpson.

She attended Dunbar Vocational High School and graduated in 1999.

He biggest influences and inspirations were Whitney Houston Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin.

When she was 7 years old, she sang with the church choir and joined a community theater.

Hudson enrolled at Langston University but moved to Kennedy-King College after a semester.

In 2002, she signed with an independent label, Righteous Records which was her first recording contract.

Jennifer Hudson asked for her release from the label to appear on American Idol in 2004.

Jennifer Hudson Career Beginnings

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She began her career in the major music industry when she auditioned for the American Idol season 3 in Atlanta.

She finished 7th place in the competition show. Hudson was listed by MTV as the sixth greatest American Idol.

Her elimination during the Top 7 show of American Idol was the most shocking of all time.

As claimed by the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Hudson was the third greatest American Idol contestant of all time.

In 2006, Hudson made her acting debut in film “Dreamgirls”.

She had a fantastic and unforgettable performance in the movie.

It made her received several awards including Academy Award as the best-supporting actress.

Then, she appeared in a romantic comedy film “Sex and the City” in 2007.

The film was directed by Michael Patrick King.

She played as an electronically savvy assistant. Her performance was much loved by many viewers.

Jennifer Hudson finally released her debut album, self-titled in 2008. The album was a huge hit.

It debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard Chart. The album was sold over 217,000 copies in its first week.

The album made her winning some awards like NAACP Image Award as the Outstanding New Artist.

Jennifer Hudson Songs, Movies, Sucess

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Because of her great performance in the previous movie, she got more contracts to appear in several films.

In 2011, Hudson released her second album entitled “I Remember Me”. It was also a big hit this time.

The album debuted at number 2 on the chart and it sold over 165 copies on its first week.

In 2014, Jennifer Hudson released another album titled “JHUD”.

It debuted at number 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart of the US.

She appeared in 2015’s movie “Chi-Raq” in which Spike Lee was the director.

The movie was both commercially and critically successful.

Because of her acting in the movie, she became the nominee in the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

To sum up, the most significant work in Jennifer Hudson’s career was her appearance in “Dreamgirls” in 2006.

Because of the film, she got an Oscar. Another of her significant work was the appearance in a biographical film.

The film titled “Winnie Mandela” in which she appeared as the lead role.

The story focus on the life of Nelson Mandela’s wife.

Jennifer Hudson Grammy, Oscar, Other Awards and Achievements

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Throughout her career, she won a total of 38 awards from 74 nominations.

She has released 3 studio albums and 20 singles.

Jennifer Hudson has appeared in a total of 13 films in her career and there will be a lot more in the future.

Here are some of the highlights of her awards and other achievements

  • For her performance as one of the supporting actresses in 2006’s film “Dreamgirls,” she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
  • in 2006’s Golden Globe Awards, she also won on the same category for “Dreamgirls”.
  • For her other movie “The Secret Life of Bees”, she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in the Black Reel Awards of 2008.
  • Jennifer Hudson has won the Grammy Awards two times, in 2009 for R&B Album and in 2017 for Best Musical Theater Album “The Color Purple”.
  • 2014’s People’s Choice Awards honored her to received an award as the favorite Humanitarian.
  • in various categories, Hudson has won 6 awards from NAACP Image Awards.
  • BET Awards choose her to receive two awards in 2007.

Jennifer Hudson Husband, Kids, Family, Quotes

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In 1999, she started dating James Payton when she was still 18 years old. The couple broke up in 2007.

Then, Jennifer Hudson met a WWE’s professional wrestler named “David Ortunga”.

They both got engaged in 2008. Later in 2019, the couple had their first child named “David Daniel Ortunga, Jr”.

However, they had split up in 2017. Jennifer Hudson hasn’t married yet until now.

One of the best quotes from Jennifer Hudson is this one; “Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be”.

As of this year, Jennifer Hudson was 37 years old.

Jennifer Hudson Earnings, Wealth

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She made her name in the music industry by participating in a competition show “American Idol”.

Then, Jennifer Hudson released an album and appeared in a hit movie.

She had a successful career both as a singer and an actress.

That’s very clear that the source of Jennifer Hudson earnings was from her works in music and films.

She was also considered as one of the highest-paid singers in the World.

In 2011, Hudson bought a luxury mansion in Burr Ridge in Chicago.

The estimated worth of the house was $4.2 million.

It was described as the majestic estate with castle-like building design.

She owns a bunch of lavish cars in her garage. One of them is that luxurious BMW classic.


As a successful female artist with such huge net worth of $20 million, Jennifer Hudson has two successful careers.

Hudson started her music career under an independent label and singing competition show.

“Dreamgirls” film brought her to outstanding popularity and numerous prestigious awards.