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What a year! After her success from “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire,” Gabourey Sidibe hangs with a whole new circle of friends. Here, she’s with Oprah, who spoke glowingly about her at the Oscars. Oprah was co-producer of the film, along with Tyler Perry.
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Gabby performed in school plays as a child, but had no real interest in acting as a career. It looks like she’s come a long way. Here, she wins top honors at the NAACP awards for her role in “Precious.”
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Gabby demands attention as the cameras flash. We love the way she’s taking all this newfound attention with such grace.
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A friend phoned Gabby to inform her about the audition for “Precious,” the film which would propel her into the stars. She skipped class that afternoon to attend. Good thing she did! Here, Gabby accepts the award for Best Female Lead during the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
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Gabby stands alongside her “Precious” family
- which includes a very-pregnant Paula Patton, the man of the hour Lee Daniels, and the super talented Mo’Nique- beams as Lee Daniels accepts the film’s award.
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New to the big award season, both Sandra Bullock and Gabby smile cheerfully as they gear up for the Image Awards.
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Gabby shines in front of the golden backdrop at the nominees party for The Orange British Academy Film Awards on February 20, 2010 in London, England.
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Gabby gets up close and personal with the famous golden statue.
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Gabourey Sidibe was born in the Bedford Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn, New York, on May 6, 1983. The 27-year-old looks real familiar in front of the camera.
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Even with the rain, Gabby makes her mark at the Golden Globes.
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Gabby has completed shooting “Yelling to the Sky,” a project from the Sundance Lab that also stars Zoe Kravitz, and has other projects in the works. Glad tyo heat that. We like having Gabby around to brighten things up in Hollywood.
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Screenwriter Sapphire, director Lee Daniels and actress Gabourey Sidibe are all smiles at The Cinema Society & Tommy Hilfiger screening of “Precious” after party at the Crosby Street Hotel on November 5, 2009 in New York City.
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