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Gabourey Sidibe        

Actress, Director, Author; Known for "Empire" and "Precious"

Gabourey Sibide made her film debut as the lead role Precious in Lee Daniels’s Oscar-Nominated film Precious which was based on the novel Push by Sapphire, for which she received an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress. On TV, credits include many acclaimed series, including starring in Fox's Golden Globe-nominated hit, Empire, appearances in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, all seasons of the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series The Big C and on Hulu's Difficult People. In 2017, she released both her directorial debut with The Tale of Four and her first book, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. She can also be seen in the films Come As You Are and Antebellum.

Gabourey Sidibe was born on May 6, 1983, in Brooklyn. Her father drove a cab and her mother taught special education. After her parents divorced, Sidibe lived with her mother. She pursued acting in New York while attending community college and working odd jobs.

Sidibe maintained her love of performance throughout her adolescence and appeared in bit parts in local theater. But Gabourey's big break came in 2007, when she landed an audition for the movie Precious, directed by Lee Daniels. The film, about a 16-year-old, 350-pound girl who is abused by her parents, featured seasoned stars Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in supporting roles. Sidibe, a relative unknown, was bouncing between several New York community colleges and working odd jobs when she found out that she had landed the part.

The film, which was revealed at Sundance, turned Sidibe into an overnight sensation. Since its release, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress.

Sidibe is a mental health advocate saying “I just accepted depression as something that’s part of my anatomy; it’s part of my chemistry, it’s part of my biology. When it’s too big for me to just turn around on my own, I see a therapist… We all should see a therapist. If only for the hour a week that you can talk about yourself and not worry about monopolizing the conversation… it’s worth it!”

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