Thursday, April 18, 2024

Jennifer Hudson: A Class Act All the Way


Jennifer Hudson and her sister got the right news yesterday: William Balfour was convicted of killing their mother, Jennifer’s nephew, and her brother. Balfour was Julia Hudson’s estranged husband. He was angry that she was seeing someone else, after they had separated. This unimaginable loss for the Hudsons has been met with quiet dignity.

Jennifer has never once used her celebrity in the cause of justice. She is a class act, and incredibly courageous. You can tell what a good job her mother did raising her, so it’s even sadder that she has not been able to see what a great success and lovely young woman Jennifer has turned out to be.

Here’s the statement from Jennifer and her sister Julia, who lost a child in this tragedy: “We have felt the love and support from people all over the world, and we’re very grateful. We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy.”They also quote Scripture: “It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance some day.”

I met Jennifer with her mother in Cannes the year “Dreamgirls” came out–2006. You could feel the bond between them. Now Jennifer and Julia will go forward in their lives, with their loved ones in their hearts.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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