Mo'Nique –

Mo'Nique in PRECIOUS.

Mo'Nique: Best Supporting Actress, 2009:

monique Precious (Drama – Rated R)

Mo'Nique won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Precious.

In Harlem in 1987, Mary -- an overweight, abused, illiterate teen pregnant with her second child -- is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. Heartbreakingly, one of the biggest obstacles to Mary's success is her own mother.

About Mo'Nique (1967 – )

Mo'Nique Angela Hicks (née Imes, previously Jackson; born December 11, 1967), known professionally as Mo'Nique, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of engineer Alice Imes and drug counselor Steven Imes Jr. She is the youngest of four children: sister Millicent is her personal assistant; brother Steve is her manager. Mo'Nique graduated from Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County in 1985 and attended Morgan State University. She is a 1987 graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland.

Before she was an actress, Mo'Nique worked as a customer service representative at the phone company MCI in Hunt Valley, MD. She got her start in comedy at the downtown Baltimore Comedy Factory Outlet, when her brother Steve dared her to perform at an open mic night.

During a 2008 Essence magazine interview, Mo'Nique revealed that she was sexually abused by her brother Gerald from ages 7–11; he went on to sexually abuse another girl and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. After her twin boys were born in 2005, Mo'Nique cut off all contact with Gerald. On April 19, 2010, he admitted on Oprah to sexually abusing her over several years. He himself was abused by family members and struggled with substance abuse.

Mo'Nique portrayed Nicole "Nikki" Parker on the UPN television series The Parkers from 1999 to 2004. She was featured on many leading stand-up venues such as Showtime at the Apollo, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, and Thank God You're Here. Mo'Nique tackled race issues in her stand up routines, for instance at the Montreal Just For Laugh Festival in 2000: white and black people, we're just mad at each other, we don't know why we're mad at each other. We're not each other's enemy. We're not the enemy. It's the Chinese people we need to watch out for”.

Mo'Nique's 2007 documentary I Coulda Been Your Cellmate!, focuses on incarcerated women. In interviews with individual women, she touches on the common factors that bring many women into the penal system. The documentary was related to her filming a comedy special at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, also known as The Farm. In 2007, Mo'Nique had a guest-starring role on the hit television series Ugly Betty as L'Amanda, Mode's weekend security guard.

Mo'Nique starred in The Mo'Nique Show, her own late-night talk show. Taped in Atlanta, it premiered in October of 2009, on BET.

Mo'Nique has had a number of supporting roles in film. She appeared in the 2008 comedy film, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence. She has had roles in Beerfest, 3 Strikes, Two Can Play That Game, Half Past Dead, and Garfield: The Movie, in which she voiced a CGI character but her role was cut from the movie. She also appeared in Soul Plane.

In 2005, Mo'Nique played a significant role in the Tony Scott bounty hunter thriller Domino, co-starring Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. In 2006, Mo'Nique was cast as the lead in Phat Girlz, a comedy about an aspiring plus size fashion designer struggling to find love and acceptance. The film met with lukewarm response from critics and fans -- though it did earn back its $3 million production cost in its first weekend of release.

She was featured in soul singer Anthony Hamilton's video "Sista Big Bones", the second single from his Ain't Nobody Worryin' album. She played the role of a beautiful plus sized woman whom Anthony secretly admires because she has always loved herself.

Mo'Nique hosted the 2003 and 2004 BET Awards and appeared as the host again for the 2007 BET Awards. She received positive responses in July 2004 with her opening performance of Beyoncé's single "Crazy in Love"; as well as in 2007 by performing her "Déjà Vu".

Mo'Nique claimed on the January 28, 2008, Oprah Winfrey Show that Martin Lawrence gave her invaluable advice about show business: "He pulled me to the side and he said, 'Listen, don't ever let them tell you what you can't have.' Since that day, I've made some of the best deals I've ever made in my career because it keeps ringing in my head... It will stay with me forever."

In 2009, Mo'Nique appeared in the film Precious, directed by Lee Daniels, portraying an inner-city teenager's abusive mother. She won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for her critically acclaimed performance in the film. The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awarded Mo'Nique with the Best Supporting Actress Award in December 2009. Time magazine called Mo'Nique's performance the "Best Female Performance of 2009," surpassing those of Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, beating Penélope Cruz, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick.

In November 2009, Mo'Nique said, "I own the rights to Hattie McDaniel's life story, and I can't wait to tell that story, because that woman was absolutely amazing. She had to stand up to the adversity of black and white at a time when we really weren't accepted. Mr. Lee Daniels is going to direct it, of course, and I'm going to be Miss Hattie McDaniel. I really hope I can do that woman justice."

In 2014, Mo'Nique starred in Patrik-Ian Polk's drama film Blackbird as Claire Rousseau.

Mo'Nique's first theatrical performance came in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, in March 2002.

Mo'Nique is the author of the best-selling book Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Bigg Girl in a Small-Minded World. She also released a 2006 cookbook called Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted.

In 2006 she occasionally filled in for afternoon personality Michael Baisden when his contract with ABC Radio was in the process of getting renewed.

In 2008, Radio One inked a deal for her to get her own radio show, Mo'Nique In the Afternoon, which premiered on several Radio One-owned Urban Adult Contemporary-formatted R&B/soul radio stations in July 2008.

Mo'Nique was briefly engaged to accountant Kenny Mung.

From 1997-2001 she was married to Mark Jackson and was credited as Monique Imes-Jackson. They have a son named Shn Jackson.

Mo'Nique gave birth to twin sons Jonathan and David in October 2005. In 2006 she married their father, Sidney Hicks. In a New York Times profile, she mentioned that she and Hicks have an open marriage:

“We have an agreement that we'll always be honest, and if sex happens with another person, that's not a deal breaker for us, that's not something where we'll have to say, 'Oh God, we've got to go to divorce court because you cheated on me.' Because we don't cheat.”

She repeated this sentiment later on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She told Oprah that in her prior marriages, she was constantly searching for "that extra oomph". Mo'Nique explained, "When I said I had an open marriage, people automatically jumped to sex. They automatically went there. But I've been best friends with my husband since we were 14 years old. When we say open, we're very honest. There are no secrets. Oftentimes you have people that are married, but they're strangers, and we refuse to be those people". She concluded, "I've had to sneak and I've had to lie, and I don't want to do that any more. But my husband is so awesome and so fine and so—oh, girl... No other man can compare".

Mo'Nique's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2000 3 Strikes Dahlia
2001 Baby Boy Patrice
2001 Two Can Play That Game Diedre
2002 Half Past Dead Twitch's Girl
2004 Soul Plane Jamiqua
2004 Hair Show Peaches
2004 Garfield: The Movie Rat
2005 Shadowboxer Precious
2005 Domino Lateesha Rodriquez
2006 Farce of the Penguins Vicky
2006 Irish Jam Psycho
2006 Phat Girlz Jazmin Biltmore
2006 Beerfest Cherry
2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins Betty
2009 Steppin: The Movie Aunt Carla
2009 Precious Mary Lee Johnston
2014 Blackbird Claire Rousseau
2014 About Barbara

Mo'Nique's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
Moesha Nicole "Nikki" Parker
2001 The Hughleys Nicole "Nikki" Parker
2002 The Proud Family Boonnetta
2003 Good Fences Ruth Crisp
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Lynette
The Parkers Nicole "Nikki" Parker
2006 Rugrats Aunt Moo
2006 Nip/Tuck Evetta Washington
2007 Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School Host/Herself
2007 The Game Plus Size Actress
2007 The Boondocks Jamiqua
2007 Ugly Betty L'Amanda
The Mo'Nique Show Host/Herself
2014 Love & Hip Hop Host/Herself
2015 Bessie Ma Rainey

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Mo'Nique include...

Year Movie Award
2009 Precious Best Supporting Actress

Memorable Quotes by Mo'Nique

“I don't think that anyone should be in control of a relationship. I think that if you have a woman that controls her man, he is a puppet and he is weak.”

[Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for Precious (2009)] “I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics. I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to. Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey because you touched it, the whole world saw it. Ricky Anderson, our attorney of Anderson & Smith, thank you for your hard work. My entire BET family, my Precious family, thank you so much. To my amazing husband Sidney, thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what's popular in order to do what's right. And baby, you were so right. God bless us all.”

“I come from a blue-collar town - and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don't let people mistreat you. You stand up for what's right.”

“I want women to see, especially us big women, that you don't have to let them cut you and suck it out. You don't have to let them staple you up. You don't have to let them give you a pill. You don't have to let them put a band around your organs. If you just put the work in, baby, I promise you, it comes off.”

“Stand-up keeps you on your toes because it's instant. With TV and movies, you have to wait for the numbers to come in to see what happened at the box office. With stand-up, it's right there, that night, in your face.”

“I'm gonna play this game the way I want to. It might be serious, it might be a comedy, it might be a dramedy, it might be variety, it might be a talk show, whatever. There's no box.”

Things You May Not Know About Mo'Nique

The outfit she wore to the Oscars in 2010, the year she won for Best Supporting Actress, was inspired by what Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American Oscar winner, wore to the Oscar ceremony in 1940, the year in which she also won for Best Supporting Actress.

She won 30 major acting awards for her portrayal of Mary in Precious (2009), including all the awards considered to be the most prestigious (except Cannes). She was also nominated for five more awards for the same film.

Mo'Nique is one of 13 actresses to win the Critic's Choice Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Oscar in the same year, winning for Precious (2009). The others to achieve this are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), Renée Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008), Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010), Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011), Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012), Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013), Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014) and Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014).

She is one of six African-American actresses to win an Oscar in a competitive category. The others, in chronological order, are Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost (1990), Halle Berry for Monster's Ball (2001), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006) and Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011).

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Mo'Nique in her Academy-Award winning role as Gabourey
Sidibe's mother in Precious (2009)... bottom picture with Gabourey Sidibe.
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Mo'Nique as Claire Rousseau in Blackbird (2014)... with Julian Walker
in top picture... with Isaiah Washington in second and fourth pictures.
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As Ma Rainey in Bessie (2015).
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As Betty in Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)...
with Martin Lawrence in bottom two pictures.
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In Phat Girlz (2006).
With Delroy Lindo and Ashley Monique in Domino (2005).
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With Tom Arnold in top picture in Soul Plane (2004)... bottom pic with Richard T. Jones.
In Two Can Play That Game (2001).
With the cast of The Parkers (1999-2004).
With Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kudjoe, and Rodney Perry on The Mo'Nique Show (2009-2011).
Mo'Nique in an episode of Nip/Tuck (2006).