Gabourey Sidibe

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Gabourey Sidibe
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Gabourey Sidibe
Born (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 31)
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Parents Alice Tan Ridley
Ibnou Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe[1][2][3] (/ˈɡæbəˌr ˈsɪdɪˌb/ GAB-ə-RAY SID-ih-BAY; born May 6, 1983) is an American actress[4] who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2010 to 2013, she was a main cast member of the Showtime series The Big C. Sidibe co-starred on the television series American Horror Story: Coven as Queenie and American Horror Story: Freak Show as Regina Ross.

Early life[edit]

Sidibe was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem.[5] Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an American R&B and gospel singer who appeared on the fifth season of America's Got Talent, on June 15, 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is from Senegal and is a cab driver.[6] Growing up, Sidibe briefly lived with her aunt, the noted feminist activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes.[7] She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.[8] She worked at The Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist before she went on to pursue a career in acting.[9]

Career[edit]

In Precious, Sidibe played the main character, Claireece "Precious" Jones, a 16-year-old mother of two (both of whom are the results of being raped by her father) trying to escape abuse at the hands of her mother. The film won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award.[10] On December 15, 2009, she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Precious. The next month she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Her next film, Yelling to the Sky, was a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz, in which she played Latonya Williams, a bully.[11]

In 2011, Sidibe was in the film Tower Heist and voiced a party girl character in "Hot Water", the season 7 premiere of American Dad!. She also stars in the music video for "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" by indie pop band Foster the People. Sidibe also appeared in the Showtime network series entitled The Big C.[12]

During an interview, Sidibe reported that before landing her role in the 2009 film, Precious, Joan Cusack advised her that the entertainment industry was not for her and to quit, leaning over and stating: "Oh honey, you should really quit the business. It's so image-conscious."[13][14]

In April 2013, it was announced that Sidibe would be joining the cast of the third season of American Horror Story, portraying Queenie, a young witch.[15] She returned to the series for its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show as a secretarial school student, Regina Ross.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Precious Claireece "Precious" Jones
2011 Yelling to the Sky Latonya Williams
2011 Tower Heist Odessa Montero
2012 Seven Psychopaths Sharice
2013 White Bird in a Blizzard Beth
2014 Gravy Winketta
2014 Life Partners Jen
2014 Top Five Herself
2015 Grimsby N/A Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Gabourey Sidibe/MGMT"
2010–13 The Big C Andrea Jackson 30 episodes
2011 Glenn Martin DDS Keisha Episode: "Date with Destiny"
2011 American Dad! Party Girl Episode: "Hot Water"
2012 American Dad! Herself Episode: "Stanny Tendergrass"
2013–14 American Horror Story Queenie 12 episodes (Coven)
Regina Ross 3 episodes (Freak Show)
2015 Empire Becky Upcoming series

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
2009 Precious Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress Nominated
Best Bravest Performance Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Won
Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Ensemble Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Won
Breakout Award Won
Hollywood Film Festival New Hollywood Won
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
National Board of Review Breakthrough Female Performances Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Breakout Performance - On Camera Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Ensemble Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Young Actress Won
2010 Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
BET Awards Best Actress Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Actress Won
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Ensemble Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Cast Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Cast Nominated
Dublin Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Won
International Cinephile Society Award Best Actress Nominated
Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakout Star Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Awards Outstanding New Talent Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
2012 Seven Psychopaths Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cast Won
The Big C NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 American Horror Story: Coven NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television, Miniseries or Dramatic Special Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Felicia R. (2007-08-05). "Luckily, There's Plenty of Her for Everybody". New York Times. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Mo'Nique on her open marriage.". Oprah.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-31. Retrieved January 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ Yarbrough, Marti (November 11, 2002). "Actress and comedienne Mo'Nique of the Parkers talks about her: career new book `Skinny Women are Evil' new fiance". JET Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Gabourey Sidibe". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, November 9, 2009.
  6. ^ Williams, Kam (November 10, 2009). "Gabby Sidibe "Precious" Interview with Kam Williams". NewsBlaze. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ Stephanie Marcus. "Gabourey Sidibe's Speech on Confidence is Incredibly Moving". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Right Cinema. "Gabourey Sidibe profile". Movies.rightcelebrity.com. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "A Breath of Fresh Air". New York Social Diary. 
  10. ^ Zeitchik, Ed (January 24, 2009). "'Push' takes Sundance grand jury award". The Hollywood Reporter
  11. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (November 12, 2009), "Gabourey Sidibe on being 'Precious'", San Jose Mercury News, retrieved November 15, 2009 
  12. ^ Gabourey Sidibe, Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Jimmy Kimmel Live! Channel. 
  13. ^ Fisher, Kelly (April 26, 2012). "WATCH: Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me To Quit Show Business". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Nemetz, Dave (April 26, 2012). "Gabourey Sidibe Reveals the Terrible Advice She Got From Joan Cusack". Yahoo!
  15. ^ Keveney, Bill (April 29, 2013). "Gabourey Sidibe joins 'American Horror Story: Coven'". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "'American Horror Story: Freak Show' adds Michael Chiklis; Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe returning". Retrieved 21 June 2014. 

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