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Gabourey Sidibe[1][2][3] (/ˈɡæbəˌreɪ ˈsɪdɪˌbeɪ/ GAB-ə-ray SID-i-bay; born May 6, 1983)[4] is an American actress.[5] Sidibe made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that earned her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead in addition to nominations for the Golden Globe
Golden Globe
and Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress. Her other film roles include Tower Heist
Tower Heist
(2011), White Bird in a Blizzard (2014), and Grimsby (2016). 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, and later reprised her role as Queenie in American Horror Story: Hotel. Since 2015, she stars in the Fox musical drama series Empire as Becky Williams.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Music videos

5 Awards and nominations 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Sidibe was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem.[6] 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.[7] Growing up, Sidibe lived with her aunt, the noted feminist activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes.[8] She holds an associate's degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College, and attended but did not graduate from City College of New York
City College of New York
and Mercy College.[9] She worked at The Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist before she went on to pursue a career in acting.[10] 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
Golden Globe
Award and Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Award.[11] On December 15, 2009, she was nominated for a Golden Globe
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
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.[12] In 2011, Sidibe was in the film Tower Heist and voiced a "party girl"[vague] character in "Hot Water", the season 7 premiere of American Dad!. She appeared in the season 8 American Dad!
American Dad!
episode "Stanny Tendergrass" early in 2013 and 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 as Andrea Jackson.[13] During an interview, Sidibe reported that before landing her role in the 2009 film, Precious, Joan Cusack
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."[14][15] 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.[16] She returned to the series for its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show as a secretarial school student, Regina Ross.[17] As of 2015, she stars in Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels
Fox musical series Empire as Becky Williams alongside Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard
and Taraji P. Henson. Sidibe portrays the head of A&R in the Empire company.[18] In April 2015, it was announced Sidibe would be promoted to a series regular beginning in Season 2.[19] She also starred in the Hulu series Difficult People
Difficult People
as Denise.[20] On June 3, 2015 it was confirmed Sidibe would be writing her memoir and it would be published in 2017.[21] On January 6, 2016, Sidibe appeared in the penultimate episode for American Horror Story: Hotel, reprising her Coven role as Queenie, marking her third season in the series. She announced on Twitter in January 2018 that she will be taking time off from acting the entire year to recover from having her tonsils removed.[22] Personal life[edit] In March 2017, Sidibe revealed that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and that as a consequence she underwent laparoscopic bariatric surgery in an effort to manage her weight.[23] Filmography[edit]

Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
in July 2010


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

2014 White Bird in a Blizzard Beth

2014 Life Partners Jen

2014 Top Five Herself Cameo

2015 Gravy Winketta

2016 Grimsby Banu


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 (voice) Episode: "Date with Destiny"

2011 American Dad! Herself Episode: "Standy Pendergrass"

2012 American Dad! Party girl Episode: "Hot Water"

2013–14 American Horror Story: Coven Queenie 12 episodes

2013 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine Junior Policeman Program Episode: "The Slump"

2014 American Horror Story: Freak Show Regina Ross 3 episodes

2015–present Empire Becky Williams 43 episodes

2015–17 Difficult People Denise 12 episodes

2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Queenie Episode: "Battle Royale"

2016 Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio N/A 10 episodes

2016 Drunk History Ella Fitzgerald Episode: "Legends"

2017 BoJack Horseman Tamaara (voice) Episode: "The Old Sugarman Place"

Music videos[edit]

Foster the People: "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" (2011) Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum
and Jamie Foxx: "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" (2014)

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
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]

List of black Academy Award
Academy Award
winners and nominees List of black Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award winners and nominees


^ Lee, Felicia R. (2007-08-05). "Luckily, There's Plenty of Her for Everybody". New York Times. p. 2.  ^ "Mo'Nique on her open marriage". Oprah.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-31. Retrieved January 28, 2008.  ^ 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.  ^ " Gabourey Sidibe
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Biography". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015.  ^ "Gabourey Sidibe". The New York Times.  ^ Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, November 9, 2009. ^ Williams, Kam (November 10, 2009). "Gabby Sidibe "Precious" Interview with Kam Williams". NewsBlaze. Retrieved November 10, 2009.  ^ Stephanie Marcus. "Gabourey Sidibe's Speech on Confidence is Incredibly Moving". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 6, 2014.  ^ Right Cinema. " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
profile". Movies.rightcelebrity.com. Retrieved May 16, 2010.  ^ "A Breath of Fresh Air". New York Social Diary.  ^ Zeitchik, Ed (January 24, 2009). "'Push' takes Sundance grand jury award". The Hollywood Reporter ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (November 12, 2009), " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
on being 'Precious'", San Jose Mercury News, retrieved November 15, 2009  ^ Gabourey Sidibe, Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Jimmy Kimmel Live! Channel.  ^ Fisher, Kelly (April 26, 2012). "WATCH: Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me To Quit Show Business". Huffington Post.  ^ Nemetz, Dave (April 26, 2012). " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
Reveals the Terrible Advice She Got From Joan Cusack". Yahoo! ^ Keveney, Bill (April 29, 2013). " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
joins 'American Horror Story: Coven'". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2013.  ^ "'American Horror Story: Freak Show' adds Michael Chiklis; Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
returning". Retrieved 21 June 2014.  ^ "EMPIRE CLOSE UP: GABOUREY SIDIBE AS "BECKY WILLIAMS"". fox. Retrieved 27 March 2015.  ^ Aussiello, Michael (April 12, 2015). "Empire Promotes Pair to Series Regular". TVline. Retrieved 13 August 2015.  ^ " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
Talks Joining Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner in Their Hulu Comedy 'Difficult People' and Life Inside 'Empire'". Yahoo. Retrieved 13 August 2015.  ^ Isabella Bidenharn (June 3, 2015). "Empire actress Gabourey Sidibe to publish memoir". EW. Retrieved 13 August 2015.  ^ " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
Announces She Is Getting Her Tonsils Removed: 'I Deserve to Take All of 2018 Off'". people. Retrieved 31 January 2018.  ^ " Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
Opens Up About Weight-Loss Surgery for the First Time: 'I Love My Body Now'". 8 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead

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(2004) Felicity Huffman
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Melissa Leo
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Gabourey Sidibe
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(2010) Michelle Williams (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
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(2012) Cate Blanchett
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Julianne Moore
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National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award for Breakthrough Performance

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Alicia Silverstone
(1995) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(1996) Bai Ling
Bai Ling
(1997) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
/ Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
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Wes Bentley
(1999) Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
/ Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez
(2000) Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen
/ Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
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Maggie Gyllenhaal
/ Derek Luke (2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
/ Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2003) Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum
/ Topher Grace
Topher Grace
(2004) Q'orianka Kilcher
Q'orianka Kilcher
/ Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
/ Rinko Kikuchi
Rinko Kikuchi
/ Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
(2006) Ellen Page
Ellen Page
/ Emile Hirsch
Emile Hirsch
(2007) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
/ Dev Patel
Dev Patel
(2008) Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
/ Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
(2009) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2010) Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
/ Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
(2011) Quvenzhané Wallis / Tom Holland (2012) Adèle Exarchopoulos
Adèle Exarchopoulos
/ Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
(2013) Jack O'Connell (2014) Abraham Attah
Abraham Attah
/ Jacob Tremblay
Jacob Tremblay
(2015) Lucas Hedges
Lucas Hedges
/ Royalty Hightower (2016) Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet

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