No one has had an ascent to the spotlight quite like Gabourey Sidibe's. The 33-year-old Oscar nominee shot to fame five years ago, and homegirl has kept us captivated with her career moves since. So we figured we'd take a walk down memory lane to see her life's trajectory so far.
Gabby was born in Brooklyn, New York, and then raised a few miles away in Harlem — the daughter of Alice Tan Ridley, a gospel singer and America's Got Talent contestant, and Ibnou Sidibe, a Senegalese cab driver.
After pursuing acting as a young woman in NYC, Gabourey hit it big when she was cast in the lead role of Lee Daniel's Academy Award-winning 2009 film Precious, picking up an Oscar nod herself.
She then took a recurring role — which later became a regular role — as Andrea Jackson in Showtime's dramedy The Big C, playing the student and confidant of Laura Linney's cancer-stricken teacher.
Her other high-profile gig of late was as voodoo-inclined witch Queenie in FX's American Horror Story: Coven — and Ryan Murphy says she'll be back for this fall's American Horror Story: Freak Show. Meanwhile, she's also on deck to play the assistant to Terrence Howard's record company executive in the FOX's upcoming hip hop drama, Empire.
And she looks fabulous throughout it all, as you can see in the video above. Keep on keepin' on, girl!