Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Sidibe in 2015, photo by DFree/

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

Date of Birth: May 6, 1983

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

Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress and author. She has starred in the film Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and on the show American Horror Story.

Her name is pronounced GAB-ə-ray SID-i-bay. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a Senegalese-born taxi driver. The surname Sidibe is of Fulani origin. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is African-American, originally from Georgia, and was an R&B singer. Her aunt is activist, public speaker, author, and pioneering African-American small business owner Dorothy Pitman Hughes. She was studying for a psychology degree at Mercy College when the opportunity to audition for Precious came up.

Gabourey is married to talent manager Brandon Frankel, with whom she has two children.

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

Sidibe in 2009, photo credit: gdcgraphics


Curious about ethnicity

41 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Her surname is of Fulani origin

  2. bablah says:

    Uncle’s obituary:
    If he has the same parents as her mother, then her grandparents are Lessie and Ray Ridley.

  3. Capricious says:

    She is an Atlantid.

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