September 12, 2008
September 12, 1981) is an American actress, singer and fashion model. She first gained notice as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX television series American Idol. She is often credited with a five-octave vocal range. She went on to star as Effie White in the 2006 motion picture adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls for which she won numerous awards including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a SAG Award. Hudson cites Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin as her biggest influences.