Date of birth : 1983-05-06
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-20
Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Sidibe was born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an African-American R&B and gospel singer who appeared on the fifth season of America's Got Talent on June 15, 2010; her Senegal-born father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.
She was in the middle of preparing for an exam when a friend phoned her about an audition for the newest effort from Lee Daniels, Precious (2009).
Instead of attending class, she ended up being cast in the title role as Claireece "Precious" Jones, a taciturn, sixteen year-old who is pregnant for the second time after being raped by her father and is also on the receiving end of constant physical abuse by her mother. As grim as the subject matter is, Precious (2009) has become critical success and a source of inspiration for many. While her co-stars, Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey have both received a great deal of critical attention, it is Gabby who is the revelation as Precious, a character whose personality is quite different from her own. Anyone expecting a damaged young woman with no self-esteem is in for a shock after meeting the charming Sidibe. She hopes that her success in the film will motivate others to chase their dreams.
Precious (2009) has opened other doors for Sidibe. She has also completed shooting Yelling to the Sky (2011), a project from the Sundance Lab that also stars 'Zoe Kravitz' and has other projects in the works.
2010-present : The Big C
2010 : Saturday Night Live
2011 : Yelling to the Sky ; Tower Heist
View the full website biography of Gabourey Sidibe.