Double Threats: Actresses Who Sing -- and Singers Who Act!

As Jennifer Hudson celebrates her birthday, see more stars who've proved they're more than just one-trick ponies (26 Photos)

Jacki Garfinkel and Ali Gray on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:27AM

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Double Threats: Actresses Who Sing -- and Singers Who Act!

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Jennifer Hudson

We're guessing the creators of American Idol never dreamed one of the show's contestants would go on to win an Oscar. (Grammys, sure -- but an Oscar?) But Jennifer Hudson -- who finished seventh on the third season of Idol -- surprised everyone when her standout role in the movie-musical Dreamgirls landed her that coveted golden statue. Hudson has since released two studio albums, one of which earned her a Grammy. But she's just as focused on her acting career. She appeared in 2008's Sex and the City and recently played Winnie Mandela in the biopic Winnie (pictured).

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