Gabourey Sidibe is one of those self-made women, who rose up from the poor shackles of life to make a name for herself. Gabourey has beaten all odds and turned them in her favor to become a popular and appreciated personality in the Hollywood. Here is a quick summary of Gabourey Sidibe’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Gabourey Sidibe Early Life
She was born to parents Alice Tan Ridley and Ibnou Sidibe on May 6, 1983, in Brooklyn, New York. Gabourey’s mother, Alice is a special education teacher and father, Ibnou is a Senegalese cab driver. At a young age, her parents had an unfortunate split, and she moved in with her mother. Gabourey was raised by her aunt in Harlem. Alice had a passion for music and used to sing in the subway which earned her fame in the local region.
Gabourey Sidibe Career
Gabourey’s artistic adventure began when she used to sing songs at her school during the recess time, in her teenage years. Early in life, she used to jump between odd jobs in community colleges, in and around New York. The turnaround of her career was when she was selected for Lee Daniel’s movie, Precious in 2007.
The film was about a teenage overweight, 350-pound girl who is abused by her parents. Her character ‘Claireece Precious,’ turned into a mother of two at a young age of 16 which was a result of being raped by her father. Gabourey’s role in the movie turned her into a sensation, and she went on to bag many prestigious awards for her performance, in addition to future roles in movies and television.
She worked in Yelling to the Sky, a Sundance Lab project in which Gabourey played the role of a bully. After the success of Precious, she was offered a number of roles in the film as well as Television series.
Some of the television series that she worked are Big C, American Horror Story, Empire and the Hulu comedy series Difficult People.
In 2015, news came out that Gabourey would be writing a memoir. This was titled, ‘This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare,’ and was released in 2017. She talks about her weight loss surgery and other personal accounts in the book.
Awards & Achievement
Staying true with the saying, ‘Beauty is not how you look but how you are from the inside,’ Gabourey has embraced diversities and faced them with much courage. Her role in Precious won her the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Actress.
Gabourey has also won Best Actress Award at Black Reel Awards and Boston Society of Film Critics. She has also been nominated at the prestigious Golden Globe Awards
Net Worth of Gabourey Sidibe
Born to a cab driver and subway singer, Gabourey’s parents could have never imagined that their child would reach the feat that she has today. Her numerous roles in television and movies have made her draw millions in salary and as endorsements from brands.
The Harlem raised girl has a net worth of staggering $6 million. Though this is nowhere close to what the big shot actors and actresses but given her background, she is no less than a diamond for her family and friends.
Gabourey is a perfect example of how people with commitment and determination can embrace difficult situations and turn them in their favor. She had gone through a weight loss surgery, and her tonsil was also operated upon recently, but she never looks back at them with an eye of disappointment. Gabourey has decided to rest in 2018, but she promises to be back with a renewed energy and passion. Something that she has never fallen short of.