Jennifer Holliday still brings audiences to their feet with her spine-tingling hits from the Tony Award-winning Broadway show DREAMGIRLS. At the age of 17, Jennifer was discovered in her hometown of Houston, Texas, and was immediately cast in her first Broadway show, a revival of YOUR ARMS' TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD at the Old Ambassador Theater. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 21, Jennifer won a Tony Award for her performance in DREAMGIRLS and a Grammy Award for her signature torch song AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING. Her second Grammy came three years later for her rendition of Duke Ellington's COME SUNDAY, a moving tribute to the late Mahalia Jackson. Currently, Jennifer performs in concert halls and clubs throughout the world. She made her Carnegie Hall debut recently for PBS television in the primetime special MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LEADING LADIES LIVE FROM CARNEGIE HALL. Other television credits include a recurring role on ALLY McBEAL, ELLEN, HANG TIME, and TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Jennifer has performed at the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton, and she recently accepted her Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in Memory of her beloved mother Jennie Vee, who was also a beautiful Songbird and an elementary school teacher.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Jennifer Holliday Facts
|Birthday||October 19, 1960 (62)|
|Birthplace||Houston, Texas, USA|