One of the more talented, respected stars in all of Hollywood turns 31 years old today.
And we send our very best wishes to Jennifer Hudson on this special occasion!
The Oscar winner and former American Idol finalist has showed truly incredible strength in the face of incomprehensible personal pain over the last few years, following the murders of her mother, brother and nephew. She even said in an interview this week that she can't totally blame William Balfour for committing the crime.
Set to recur on Smash Season 2 in early 2013, the professional future is bright for this singer/actress. We wish her the absolute best.
Other famous folks celebrating a birthday today include: Ruben Studdard (34), Benjamin McKenzie (34), Paul Walker (39) and George Jones (81).