Jennifer Hudson was honored this week, along with Christina Hendricks from “Mad Men” for their charity work. The awards were given at the Women Doing Good Awards, on their fourth anniversary. The awards show celebrates women who are making the world into a better place.
Hudson was recognized for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which gives out toys to children in need. Hudson created the organization in honor of her seven-year old nephew, Julian, who was killed in 2008. Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were murdered in 2008. The most recent suspect of the murders were William Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia. He has pleaded not guilty to the killings.
Hudson got her start in 2004 after finishing third in the American Idol competition. Her breakout performance was in the film “Dream Girls,” where she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.