Chicago native Jennifer Hudson, of far more than American Idol fame, stole the show at last night’s 40th People’s Choice Awards with an emotional acceptance speech after being bestowed the honor of Favorite Humanitarian for her work with children. She gives back via the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization she founded with her sister Julia Hudson memorializing the 2008 murder of their nephew (and that of their mother and brother).
Here’s some trivia to get the inside scoop on this singing salt-of-the-earth saint:
We hope she draws our name for secret santa next year.
This year, Jennifer bought her assistant, Walter, a new house for Christmas.
She went Evita.
She is rumored to be considering turning her childhood home in Englewood, IL into a women’s shelter.
She breaks records.
With her role in “Dreamgirls” (2006), she became the first American Idol contestant to have been nominated for and win an Academy Award (on her first performance, at that). She is also the youngest of the six African-American actresses who have won Oscars in competitive categories. The five others are Hattie McDaniel,”Gone with the Wind,” Whoopi Goldberg, “Ghost,” Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball,” Mo’Nique, “Precious,” and Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
She’ll go down in Hollywood history.
In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her stardom has reached presidential proportions.
Hudson is a friend of President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a May, 2009 fundraiser in Beverly Hills. She was also a performer at the “Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” event at the White House.