Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe (born May 6, 1983) is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Sidibe was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an American R&B and gospel singer who appeared on the fifth season of America's Got Talent on June 15, 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is from Senegal and is a cab driver. She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.
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