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A stand-up comic turned actress and talk-show host, Mo'Nique was born Monique Imes in Woodlawn, Md., on Dec. 11, 1967, and launched her comedy career when her brother dared her to take the stage during an open mike night. She added an apostrophe to her first name to "boost her fabulousness."

Mo'Nique's plus-sized persona and everywoman appeal has served her well in sitcoms such as "The Parkers," big-screen comedies such as Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008) and outrageous reality fare such as "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance."

But critics cocked an ear when Mo'Nique stripped away all pretense to play an abusive parent in 2009's Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Her shockingly raw performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and a slew of other awards and honors that includes her first Golden Globe and BAFTA wins.

Mo'Nique in Almost Christmas

Almost Christmas

2016 PG-13

In their first Christmas gathering since the family matriarch's death, her widowed husband implores the assembled clan to suspend their incessant bickering. But despite their best efforts, it's not long before the truce goes out the window.

  • Mo'Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire
  • Mo'Nique in Bessie Bessie
  • Mo'Nique in Two Can Play That Game Two Can Play That Game
  • Mo'Nique in Domino Domino
  • Mo'Nique in The Queens of Comedy The Queens of Comedy
  • Mo'Nique in Steppin': The Movie Steppin': The Movie
  • Mo'Nique in Hair Show Hair Show
  • Mo'Nique in Soul Plane Soul Plane
  • Mo'Nique in The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 2 The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 2
  • Mo'Nique in Shadowboxer Shadowboxer
  • Mo'Nique in Beerfest Beerfest
  • Mo'Nique in Irish Jam Irish Jam
  • Mo'Nique in Shaq: All Star Comedy Jam: Dallas Shaq: All Star Comedy Jam: Dallas
  • Mo'Nique in The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 1 The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 1
  • Mo'Nique in The Good, The Badd, The Funny The Good, The Badd, The Funny
  • Mo'Nique in Best of Platinum Comedy Series: Vol. 1 Best of Platinum Comedy Series: Vol. 1
  • Mo'Nique in Mo'Nique's Fat Chance: Seasons 1 & 2 Mo'Nique's Fat Chance: Seasons 1 & 2
  • Mo'Nique in Farce of the Penguins Farce of the Penguins
  • Mo'Nique in Phat Girlz Phat Girlz
  • Mo'Nique in Mo'Nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate! Mo'Nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate!
  • Mo'Nique in Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  • Mo'Nique in Michael Jackson: King of Pop Michael Jackson: King of Pop
  • Mo'Nique in Why We Laugh Why We Laugh
  • Mo'Nique in Blackbird Blackbird