Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress who is best known for her role in the critically acclaimed inspirational 2009 Lee Daniels movie, Precious. Her performance in the film, which was her first ever silver-screen role, earned her nominations for Best Actress at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
She also starred in the Fox musical drama series Empire, the American Horror Story series, and many other movies.
Gabourey Sidibe’s Biography
Sidibe was born on May 6, 1983, in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York to a Senegalese father, Ibnou Sidibe, and an African-American mother, Alice Tan Ridley. Her father was a cab driver while her mother was a special education teacher who gave up her career to become a street performer/singer. She once appeared on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent. Gabourey has two brothers and a set of twin sisters. Despite having been born in Brooklyn, Gabby, as she was called, grew up in Harlem. Her parents split when she was 12-years-old, prompting her to sometimes live with her aunt as her mother struggled financially.
She attended local colleges such as the Borough of Manhattan Community College where she has an associate’s degree. During this time, she maintained a part-time job as a receptionist and also worked in the phone sex business to help pay her tuition. She went on to pursue a degree in psychology at Mercy College having already attended City College of New York. It was during this time that she was informed by a friend about a film audition being held to find the lead for Precious.
Gabby was already familiar with the role, having repeatedly read the novel the movie was based on. She was, however, reluctant to attend the auditions since it meant she would have to skip college. She was also in the middle of preparations for an exam.
To add to that, Gabby had no previous acting experience to draw on for the audition. Her only bit of acting experience was from school plays as a child. She, however, sought inspiration from her own life experiences along with the knowledge acquired during her psychology training to portray her character in a powerful way.
In one interview she said her childhood gave her “a lot of practice acting,” because she grew up pretending to be okay when she was not.
Gabby beat the over 300 girls who came for the auditions to land the role. After her performance and the movie’s success, everything began to fall into place with offers coming in from every angle. Her next role was that of a bully in the film Yelling to the Sky. Other movies she starred in are Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths, White Bird in a Blizzard, etc.
Gabourey Sidibe has an estimated net worth of $6 million. Her earnings came from her various movie and serial roles which include episodes of the TV series Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Drunk History among many others. She also pocketed a huge amount of money through the auction of her book in 2017. She began writing her memoir in 2015 and was able to rake in $2,500,000 for it.
Is Gabourey Sidibe Married or Single? Husband
Ms Sidibe has never been married and is currently single. She is, to the best of our knowledge, not dating anyone and has never been in a relationship with anyone in or outside the entertainment industry. She has, however, spoken openly about what her ideal man would look like.
“I’m 5’4, so if you are 5’6, I will consider you tall because you are taller than me,” Sidibe says in an interview with People. “If you’re 5′ 7/8, please apply also: I will climb you.”
Weight Loss and Measurements
Gabourey Sidibe is a flawlessly confident young woman with a lot of self-esteem. This is despite her being an overweight black woman who works in an image-conscious and racist entertainment industry. She has managed to be a great role model for plus-size women by being comfortable in her own skin and sharing her experiences of growing up with a family that tormented her for her weight.
Her life, however, changed when in 2016 she found out that both she and her brother had diabetes. Following the diagnosis, she made a decision that would change her life. She underwent laparoscopic bariatric surgery in an effort to manage her weight.
From time to time, Gabby posts pictures on Instagram of her herself, showing the progress she has made. She currently weighs 122kg and is 5 feet 4 inches in height. Her body measurement is 44-46-46 inch. Her bra size is 38 inch.