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Jennifer Holliday Biography

 
Date Of Birth:
October 19, 1960 (60)
Birth Place:
Houston, TX, USA
Bio:
Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the hit musical “Dreamgirls” made her a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie Melody White, a role she co-created, earned her a Tony Award ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: October 19, 1960 (60)

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

Bio:
Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the hit musical “Dreamgirls” made her a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie Melody White, a role she co-created, earned her a Tony Award ... (read complete bio)

Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the hit musical “Dreamgirls” made her a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie Melody White, a role she co-created, earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Performance.



Holliday has also been seen on Broadway in the musicals “Your Arms Too Short to Box With God,” “Grease” as Teen Angel, “Chicago” as Matron “Mama” Morton and, most recently, as Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of “The Color Purple.”



A recording artist with seven studio albums to her name, Holliday earned a second Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Inspirational Performance, Gospel. In July, fans saw the power of her spiritual performance when she sang the hymn “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last” and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” to honor late Congressman John Lewis at his funeral service.

Jennifer Holliday Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls
 
Theatre World Awards - 1982 - Performance Gold Star
Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Jennifer Holliday , Dreamgirls
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Jennifer Yvette Holliday, Your Arms Too Short to Box With God