Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 December 1967 , Woodlawn, Maryland, USA
Birth Name Monique Imes
Nickname Mo
Height 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mo’Nique was born on December 11, 1967 in Woodlawn, Maryland, USA as Monique Imes. She is an actress and producer, known for The Parkers (1999), Precious (2009) and 3rd Annual BET Awards (2003). She has been married to Sidney Hicks since May 20, 2006. They have two children. She was previously married to Mark Jackson.

Spouse (2)

Sidney Hicks (20 May 2006 – present) (2 children)
Mark Jackson (25 December 1997 – 3 April 2001) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

Launched own line of clothing Mo’Nique’s Big Beautiful and Loving It in August 2000. It closed in 2002.
Mo’ Nique stepped down as co-host of the morning show on WHUR Radio in Washington, DC during the Summer 2002.
Daughter of Steven Imes Jr. and Alice Imes.
Sister of Steven Imes, Gerald Imes and Millicent Imes.
Is one of 9 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) and Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011).
Is one of 6 African-American actresses to win the 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).
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.
Mo’Nique is the fourth talk show host to get an acting Oscar nomination after Oprah Winfrey (Best Supporting Actress; The Color Purple (1985), Whoopi Goldberg (Best Actress; The Color Purple (1985)(Best Supporting Actress; Ghost (1990)) and Greg Kinnear (Best Supporting Actor; As Good as It Gets (1997)).
Brother Gerald Imes publicly apologized to her on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) for molesting his sister when they were children. He revealed during his appearance that he himself was molested and was drinking alcohol and using drugs by the time he was 11 and that he started to molest Mo’Nique when he was 13 and she was 7/8 for about a year.
Has two sons from her first husband Mark Jackson – Shalon Jackson (b.1990) and Mark Jackson, Jr. (b.1992, adopted).
Gave birth to twin boys (her third and fourth child) at age 37, Jonathan Hicks and David Hicks on October 3, 2005. Children’s father is her boyfriend [now second husband], Sidney Hicks.
Won 30 major awards for her portrayal of Mary in Precious (2009), including all the awards that are considered the biggest (except Cannes). She was also nominated for 5 more awards for the same film.
Release of her book, “Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted” by Mo’Nique with Sherri A. McGee McCovey.
Release of her book, “Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World” by Mo’Nique with Sherri A. McGee.

Personal Quotes (2)

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.
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. [Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for Precious (2009)]