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Hana Asbrink
Sep 12, 2017 @ 6:00 am

Happy birthday, Jennifer Hudson! The star, who always manages to give us hair envy as she goes shorter and shorter with her fierce 'dos, turns 36 today. 

Hudson may have become known to the public after appearing on the third season of American Idol, but it wasn't until her breakthrough role in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls—for which she'd win multiple awards (including an Oscar!) for her electric performance—that she really shot to meteoric fame. 

The powerful performer has shown her mettle over the years off-stage as well. Hudson may no longer be an official Weight Watchers spokesperson, but her incredible 80-plus-pound weight loss journey over the years still is an inspiring one. 

She's got talent, drive, and a beautiful family with fiancé David Otunga, impressive in his own right as a professional WWE wrestler and Harvard Law School grad. Their adorable 8-year-old son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., is the apple of his parents' eyes, flooding each of their Instagram feeds with proud moments.

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Celebrate JHud’s special day with some precious snaps of her family:

There were so many school supplies , there was nowhere to sit ! #hatchday

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Family fun! My baby 7th bday celebration

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He likes holding my hand ! My face when I know he's trying to tell me anything !

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Oh look at here , I lucked out with two dates today ! Lucky girl ! @davidotunga

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He's still singing purple rain !

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The boys love to play @davidotunga

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Our nephew trae , our son David and me Jenny , we wanted to say a very Happy Father's Day @davidotunga we love u!

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@davidotunga put me down ! Happy Father's Day!

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Awhhhh @davidotunga Surprised us ! The whole gang is here now ! Party in my dressing room

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They did that ! Good job boys !!! @davidotunga

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Boys , I tell you!! Really munch !

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We love the Christmas season! @davidotunga

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Head of cheerleader squad and top player of the football team

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My baby said mommy it's time to celebrate!

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Getting the boys ready for school! @davidotunga

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