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Biography of Gabourey SIDIBE

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Gabourey SIDIBE
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Born on 06/05/1983 (format : day/month/year)

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Gabourey  "Gabby"Sidibe (b.May 6, 1983), is an American actress of Senegalese origin. She is the up and coming young actress who has received critical acclaim for her performance in the movie ‘Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire.

Gabourey Sidibe portrays Claireece Precious Jones, a teenager in Harlem who confronts great obstacles in her life, including obesity, illiteracy, giving birth to two children fathered by her own father (one of them with Down syndrome)  , and a mother who abuses her. Yet she refuses to become downtrodden and victimized. The movie tackles very grim subject matter yet is ultimately a triumphant story of redemption. The movie also stars Mo’Nique as her mother, and Paula Patton as her teacher, Lenny Kravitz as a nurse and Mariah Carey as a social worker.

The movie had its premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won three awards; Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic, Audience Award, Dramatic, and the U.S. Special Jury Prize, Dramatic which was awarded to Mo’Nique, for acting.

Biography:Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, the star of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009), is a native of the Bedford Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer while her father is a Senegalese cab driver. Her parents split when she was a youngster and Gabby grew up in Harlem. Though she was cast in school plays as a child, Sidibe had no interest in acting. She had witnessed her mother’s financial struggles as a street singer and wanted the security that an education and a desk job would give her. After attending local colleges, Gabby pursued a degree in psychology at 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: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (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: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (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.

Awards:NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Breakthrough Performance
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Award for Rising Star Award
Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress
National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance Female
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent.

Nominated Academy Award for Best Actress.

Last update : 03/03/2010

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