Gabourey Sidibe

by ethnic on November 21, 2009

Gabourey Sidibe

Place of Birth: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 6, 1983

Ethnicity:
*Senegalese (father)
*African-American (mother)

Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress.

Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a Senegalese-born taxi driver. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is African-American, originally from Georgia, and was an R&B singer.

Gabourey starred in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. She was studying for a psychology degree at Mercy College when the opportunity to audition for the film came up.

Gabourey’s maternal grandparents likely are Ray Ridley and Lessie.

photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

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bablah February 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Uncle’s obituary:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKR1-HPX7
If he has the same parents as her mother, then her grandparents are Lessie and Ray Ridley.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 5:38 am

She is an Atlantid.

neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

surprised that she is famous

because she is not a beauty and has a complicated name

fuzzybear44 August 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

She’s. Famous the same way Sarah Jessica park, Linda hunt, and Sandra oh are famous. None of those ladies are what I consider beautiful, yet people like them. There are lots of actors/actresses (white, black and Asian etc) that weren’t attractive., but were liked

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 11:58 am

You shouldn’t insult her like that… someone thinks she is beautiful.

hesh123 September 4, 2015 at 9:05 pm

I doubt it

Missy January 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Her mother’s name is Alice Tan Ridley. The “Alice Tan” part has me thinking the mother could have Asian genetics. Although here’s a pic of both Alice Tan Ridley & GS

http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Alice%2BTan%2BRidley%2B16th%2BAnnual%2BScreen%2BActors%2BR9fnoMSk8Bvl.jpg

And GS definitely looks mixed with Asian there.

WTF August 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

lmfao look at that white chick’s face!

me March 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

she looks part asian

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Agreed.

me March 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

What part of Africa are the Sengalese (sp?) from?

me March 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I could not find anything about some kind of mixture in Senegal, but her slanted eyes made ​​me believe she was part Asian.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

You’re not the only one.

betty boo March 4, 2013 at 1:46 am

SENEGAL IS IN THE FARTHEST WESTERN AFRICA NEAR MAURITANIA, IT’S A RATHER SMALL COUNTRY, SO YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOOK AT YOUR MAP CAREFULLY.
JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR, MANY BLACK PEOPLE IN GENERAL HAVE SANTED EYES, SOME HAVE BLUE,HEZEL AND GREEN EYES. SOME ARE HUGE,SOME TINY. SOME ARE VERY LIGHT SKINNED, SOME MEDIUM AND OTHERS VERY DARK. SOME HAVE CURLEY HAIR, SOME STRAIGHT HAIR. IT ALL DEPENDS AND THATS THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL. FYI SHE IS NOT ASIAN

betty boo March 6, 2013 at 3:03 am

WEST AFRICA (AT THE FURTHEST POINT)

Willow March 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

That can not and is not the best pic of you!!!!!!!

me March 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

where is your photo? coward.

lexi August 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Agree with the two post above.

Hollywood is so obsessed with image more than ever. I like the fact that she’s comfortable with who she is, but that might lead her to being typecast sadly. Unlike the earlier posts, I don’t feel the need to call her terrible names. It’s tacky and unnecessary. Wishing Gabby the best.

betty boo April 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

@LEXI- MY POST IS ONE OF THE EARLIER ONES, IS MY POST CATEGGORISED AS ONE OF THE EARLIER TACKY POSTS? I WAS JUST DIRECTING PEOPLE TO FIND THE COUNTRY ON THE MAP.

Hana August 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I think she’s pretty, and yes she could and should lose weight for health reasons and to improve her image and be considered for more roles. She is very talented (although I was really amazed by Mo’nique’s performance the most in Precious) and a real success story. Of course Hollywood’s endless “be happy in your own skin” preach that has sprung up recently is total b.s., but what’re you gonna do. Anyway, Gabourey is amazing and I am proud there are people like her out there!

Rick August 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

She is beautiful in personality from what I’ve seen. I saw her on Leno and she has a stunning personality; very nice and down-to-earth woman. However, having said that, she is very unattractive in the way she allows herself to look. There was a time when you had to be physically beautiful to be in movies. Not anymore. And I am not being disrespectful to her by saying this. I am just stating a fact. I am sorry, we have this thing in America where we tell people to be happy “in their own skin” and that is just bull. She is at risk for diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, etc. and should take care of her health. A significant part of beauty is how you take care of your overall health, which includes your body. And I am not suggesting that you need to be a 75 pound anorexic girl that we see in magazines today. I think that is equally very unattractive.

total23 May 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I Love You Gabourey Sidibe! You Are So Lucky! And To Me She Is Big But Beautiful On The Inside And The Outside! And How Can She Be Ugly With Her Personality. She Is Such A Kind Hearted Person!

ahmed sidibe March 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

i agree gabby is very beautifull and a very good actress. she is a brooklyn born girl raised straight out of new york and have been to senegal 5 times through out her life i would know cuz im her brother…

Anonymous May 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Hello Ahmed,
I was wondering if your sister Gabby as well as you and your father are Muslim. The name Ahmed (Mashaallah) speaks for itself.
The reason I asked is because we inquire about a lot of actors/resses, who’s names and heritage seem to stem from Islam.
I love your sister Gabby. I don’t think no one could have played her part better. She’s a winner. Being Muslim we don’t go to see a lot of movies especially with fowl language and nudity, but everybody was talking about how awesome this movie was. It was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Umm Hamzah

ethnic March 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

thanks Lauren and Kira. Ill be sure to check it out.

kira March 10, 2010 at 3:34 am

Precious was the best movie ive seen in a while, really amazing! She was great for a newcomer.

Lauren March 10, 2010 at 2:07 am

Yea it is good. It wasn’t like I expected though.

ethnic March 10, 2010 at 1:42 am

I want to see that movie precious. anyone recommend it?

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drexxx March 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

To Cindy : If she wasn’t fat she would be healthier, she’s already okay lol!!!!
And to TJ, i don’t think you have biggie’s or gabourey sidibe’s talent, get your fucking hater ass out of here !!!!
Personally i really think sh’s beautiful, she has a beautiful dark skin and a pretty smile !!!

Cindy March 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

If she weren’t fat she would be okay.

Fuzzybear March 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I wonder can she sing like her mother,because that woman has true vocal talent

TG from SD March 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

TJ is obviously some God or Goddess,,,,,lmFao Your comments suggest you should be so lucky to wipe the ground she walks on. Do something about that hate and ignorance.

TG from SD March 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

She has handled her celebrity with such class and dignity. From what we have seen of her, she seems very likeable. Yes….Beautiful in every sense of the word. I am happy for her success. Good Luck Gabby.

T.J. March 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

she is the gyrl version of biggie- fat, black, and ugly!!

Lauren March 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

She is beautiful from the inside. She always looks glowing.

T.Y.B. March 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

I agree with drexxx, Gabourey Sidibe is beautiful.
Aparently T.J. has never heard the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Do you realize the remarkable talent Gabourey has?
(She never acted before, went from being a student trying out for a roll on an off-chance, to not only getting the staring role, but being nominated for an Oscar)
There are actresses who have been acting for years & never even considered for an Oscar.
Anytime a person is comfortable in their own skin & not worried about trying to look like the unnatural 98 pound / size 2 image that the average woman DOES NOT & SHOULD NOT HAVE TO starve herself to be like.
Even though she is new to the “Hollywood” world, she carries herself with grace & class…. that’s true beauty.

VeRoni March 9, 2010 at 5:50 am

she is cute :)

drexxx March 9, 2010 at 2:55 am

Yeah i’m sure, she’s big and beautiful !!!

T.J. March 9, 2010 at 2:48 am

She is beautiful? Are you sure?

drexxx March 9, 2010 at 12:08 am

We can clearly see her Senegalese heritage , her surname, Sidibe is a typical senegalese name!!! She’s very beautiful !!!
Does anyone know if she has senegalese citizenship, and if she is muslim ??

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