Gabourey Sidibe

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Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe 2010.jpg
Sidibe at the 2010 CBS Summer Press Tour Party.
Born(1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 30)
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
ParentsAlice Tan Ridley
Ibnou Sidibe
 
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Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe 2010.jpg
Sidibe at the 2010 CBS Summer Press Tour Party.
Born(1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 30)
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
ParentsAlice Tan Ridley
Ibnou Sidibe

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe (/ˈɡæbəˌr ˈsɪdiˌb/ GAB-ə-RAY SID-ee-BAY; born May 6, 1983) is an American actress[1] 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. She co-starred on the television series American Horror Story: Coven as Queenie.

Early life and education[edit]

Sidibe was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem.[2] 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.[3] She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.[4] She worked at the Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist before she went on to pursue a career in acting.[5]

Career[edit]

In Precious, Sidibe plays the main character, Claireece "Precious" Jones, an obese 16-year-old girl with two children (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.[6] 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 plays a bully.[7]

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.[8]

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."[9][10]

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.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009PreciousClaireece "Precious" Jones
2011Yelling to the SkyLatonya Williams
2011Tower HeistOdessa Montero
2012Seven PsychopathsSharice
2013White Bird in a Blizzard
2013GravyWinketta
2014Life PartnersJenFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Gabourey Sidibe/MGMT"
2010–13The Big CAndrea Jackson30 episodes
2011Glenn Martin DDSKeishaEpisode: "Date with Destiny"
2011American Dad!Party GirlEpisode: "Hot Water"
2012American Dad!HerselfEpisode: "Stanny Tendergrass"
2013–14American Horror Story: CovenQueenie12 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAssociationCategoryResult
2009PreciousAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressNominated
Best Bravest PerformanceNominated
Best Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
Best Ensemble CastNominated
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressNominated
Most Promising NewcomerNominated
Chicago International Film FestivalBest Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressWon
Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Best EnsembleNominated
Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressWon
Breakout AwardWon
Hollywood Film FestivalNew HollywoodWon
Houston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressNominated
National Board of ReviewBreakthrough Female PerformancesWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBreakout Performance - On CameraWon
Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressNominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressNominated
Best Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Best EnsembleNominated
Women Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Young ActressWon
2010Academy AwardsBest ActressNominated
BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
BET AwardsBest ActressNominated
Black Reel AwardsBest ActressWon
Best Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Best EnsembleWon
Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressNominated
Best CastWon
Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressNominated
Best CastNominated
Chlotrudis AwardsBest ActressWon
Dublin Film Critics Circle AwardBest ActressNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaNominated
Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadWon
International Cinephile Society AwardBest ActressNominated
Iowa Film Critics AwardsBest ActressWon
Las Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressWon
MTV Movie AwardsBest Breakout StarNominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureWon
Online Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressNominated
Satellite AwardsOutstanding New TalentWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressNominated
2012Seven PsychopathsBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest CastWon
The Big CNAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2013NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gabourey Sidibe". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, November 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Williams, Kam (November 10, 2009). "Gabby Sidibe "Precious" Interview with Kam Williams". NewsBlaze. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ Right Cinema. "Gabourey Sidibe profile". Movies.rightcelebrity.com. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "A Breath of Fresh Air". New York Social Diary. 
  6. ^ "Push' takes Sundance grand jury award" Ed Zeitchik, Hollywood Reporter, January 24, 2009
  7. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (November 12, 2009), "Gabourey Sidibe on being 'Precious'", San Jose Mercury News, retrieved November 15, 2009 
  8. ^ Gabourey Sidibe, Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Jimmy Kimmel Live! Channel. 
  9. ^ Fisher, Kelly (April 26, 2012). "WATCH: Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me To Quit Show Business". Huffington Post. 
  10. ^ "Gabourey Sidibe Reveals the Terrible Advice She Got From Joan Cusack" Video, Yahoo.com.
  11. ^ Keveney, Bill (April 29, 2013). "Gabourey Sidibe joins 'American Horror Story: Coven'". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 

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