Fast Facts

  • Uses the nickname Gabby.
  • While a psychology major at City College in New York, took bit parts in stage shows such as Peter Pan and The Wiz.
  • Without formal acting training, she burst onto the scene with a memorable debut as the title character in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, the story of an obese teenager trying to overcome sexual and emotional abuse.
  • Was obsessed with N'Sync as a teen (admitting to going to 23 of their concerts), and was thrilled when Justin Timberlake announced her Golden Globe nomination for Precious.

Awards

  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner

Relationships

  • Ibnou Sidibe — Father
  • Alice Tan Ridley — Mother

College

  • Attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY; attended the City University of New York, City College, New York, NY; attended Mercy College, New York, NY