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Gabourey Sidibe Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: winner
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009Florida Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 2009Florida Film Critics-Breakout Artist of the Year: winner
  • 2009Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Breakthrough Performance: winner
  • 2009National Board of Review-Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: winner
  • 2009Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actress: winner
  • 2009Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Breakthrough Performance: winner

Relationships

  • Ahmed Sidibe -- Brother
  • Ibnou Sidibe -- Father
  • Alice Tan Ridley -- Mother