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Mo'Nique Biography

Birth Name:
Monique Imes
Birth Place:
Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
Profession
Actor, comedian, talk-show host, author

Fast Facts

  • Before she became a stand-up comic, her jobs included monitor for a phone sex line
  • Owned a comedy club in Baltimore, MD, in 1994 called Mo'Nique's
  • Cohosted a morning radio show in Baltimore in the early 1990s
  • First TV role was on the series The Parkers, debuting in 1999
  • She would go on to win four NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Became the first woman, in 2002, to host the syndicated show Showtime at the Apollo
  • Published her first book, Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World, in 2003
  • Created and starred in Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, the first reality-TV beauty pageant for full-figured women
  • The Mo'Nique Show, a late-night talk show, premiered on BET in 2009

Awards

  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: 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 Supporting Role: winner
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2009Sundance Film Festival-Special Jury Prize for Acting (Dramatic): winner
  • 2009Florida Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: winner

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