Born Sept. 12, 1981, Chicago native Hudson -- who has no formal vocal training -- honed her skills singing in church choirs and performing in local theater productions and talent shows. In 2003, she landed her first major performing gig with a role in a Disney Cruise Line musical.
After touring with former "Idol" performers in 2004, Hudson beat out hundreds of other Effie aspirants for the Dreamgirls role that established her as not only a powerful singer but a fine actress.
When President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court, you can bet he didn't know what Anita Hill would have to say about Thomas. This TV movie recounts the drama that erupted after her accusations of sexual harassment.