Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Sidibe in 2015, photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

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

Date of Birth: May 6, 1983

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

Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress and author. Her name is pronounced GAB-ə-ray SID-i-bay.

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. Her aunt is activist, public speaker, author, and pioneering African-American small business owner Dorothy Pitman Hughes.

Gabourey starred in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role. 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 named Ray Ridley and Lessie.

Sidibe in 2009, photo credit: gdcgraphics

ethnic

Curious about ethnicity

40 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

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

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    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

  3. Missy says:

    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.

  4. me says:

    she looks part asian

  5. lexi says:

    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 says:

      @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.

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