By Hana Asbrink
Updated: Sep 11, 2017 @ 6:26 pm
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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:

And I got me n my munch matching hats , when I went in target to shop for my unexpected nights stay near the park ! I think I left with target ! I love every minute of it! Super fun ! That was a night well needed ! #sandy

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

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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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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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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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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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He's still singing purple rain !

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The boys love to play @davidotunga

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

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My Mother's Day and final show day on the color purple, both so happen to be on the same day ! So my Mother's Day dress ended up being Shug averys dress ! Thank u to @davidotunga and my boys for helping make it a day I will never forget !

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Boys , I tell you!! Really munch !

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Boys , I tell you!! Really munch !

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And my number 1 favorite moment of the day , hands down goes to my baby! Oh come on munch don't be shy now ! We got Trae on the keys and munch and mommy on vocals !

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After getting up from a long nap and restarting my day all over again for the second time today ! This t shirt couldn't be more fitting ! @davidotunga where the coffee at! N now it's time to go to work !

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We love the Christmas season! @davidotunga

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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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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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My baby said mommy it's time to celebrate!

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Getting the boys ready for school! @davidotunga

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Getting the boys ready for school! @davidotunga

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