, Mo'Nique at the 2010 SAG Awards
Monique Angela Imes-Jackson, (1967-12-11) December 11, 1967 (age 45), Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Talk show host,
Mark Jackson (m. 1997-2001),
Sidney Hicks (m. 2006-present)
Monique Angela Jackson (née Imes; born December 11, 1967), known professionally as Mo'Nique, is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her role as Nikki Parker in the UPN series The Parkers while making a name as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues, including Showtime at the Apollo. Mo'Nique transitioned to film with roles in such films as Phat Girlz, and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. In 2009, she received critical praise for her villainous role in the film Precious and won numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She hosted The Mo'Nique Show, a late-night talk show that premiered in 2009 on BET; it was cancelled in 2011.
1 Early life,
2.1 Television roles,
2.2 Film and video career,
2.4 Books and radio,
3 Personal life,
6 External links,
Mo'Nique was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Steven Imes, Jr., a drug counselor, and Alice Imes, an engineer. 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 and attended Morgan State University. She is a 1987 graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland.
Before working in her chosen career, Mo'Nique worked as a phone operator. 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.
Mo'Nique revealed during an interview with Essence magazine in 2008 that she was sexually abused by her brother, Gerald, from the age of seven until she was eleven. He went on to sexually abuse another girl and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. After her twin boys were born in 2005 she cut all contact with her brother and they have not spoken since.
On April 19, 2010, Mo'Nique's brother admitted on Oprah to sexually abusing her and that the abuse continued for over several years. Her brother, who has struggled with substance abuse, was also abused himself by other family.
She played the role of Nicole "Nikki" Parker on the UPN television series The Parkers. The show ran from 1999 to 2004. Mo'Nique was subsequently featured on a number of leading stand-up venues, including stints on Showtime at the Apollo, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, and Thank God You're Here.
She was also named hostess of Showtime at the Apollo. She is currently the hostess and executive producer of Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, a beauty pageant for plus-sized women, on the Oxygen cable network. She hosted the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School on VH1, where she crowned Saaphyri as the winner.
Her 2007 documentary I Coulda Been Your Cellmate!, focuses on women who are incarcerated. Mo'Nique touches on the common factors that bring many women into the penal system in her interviews with individual women. 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 her own late-night talk show called The Mo'Nique Show. Taped in Atlanta, the show premiered October 5, 2009, on BET.
Film and video career:
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 was met with lukewarm response from critics and fans. 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 plays 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. They also announced that Mo'Nique received the AAFCA's first ever unanimous vote in an acting category. Moreover, she received "Best Supporting Actress" awards from the Stockholm International Film Festival, the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Utah Film Critics Association, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Indiana Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society, the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and the Critics Choice Awards. Time magazine ranked Mo'Nique's outstanding performance as the "Best Female Performance of 2009," beating performances by 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 along with a Golden Globe Award, beating Penélope Cruz, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick and Julianne Moore Screen Actors Guild Award, Independent Spirit Award, and the BAFTA Award.
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 society 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."
Mo'Nique's first play was Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning production of The Vagina Monologues, in March 2002. Mo'Nique, along with Ella Joyce (Roc); Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Steve Harvey Show and The Game) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (What's Love Got to Do with It), were the first all black celebrity cast to perform The Vagina Monologues. Executive produced by YYP & Associates, LLC, the show was Produced and Directed by noted theater producer/director, Yetta Young, and Producers Lisa D. Washington, Anita M. Cal, and Kellie Griffin.
Books and radio:
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.
Mo'nique was part of the Washington, DC, WHUR radio show with George Wilborn.
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 (or The Mo'Nique Show) which premiered on several Radio One-owned Urban Adult Contemporary-formatted R&B/soul radio stations in July 2008. It mainly aired on those stations that had a local lineup as some Radio One stations did not carry it due to their contracts with Michael Baisden. The show lasted until March 18, 2009, when Mo'Nique decided to leave to "further her career in television, film, and comedy."
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 Shalon Jackson together.
Twin sons Jonathan and David were born two months premature in October 2005. In 2006 she married the twins father Sidney Hicks. With Sidney Hicks she has what she calls an open marriage, as she mentioned in a profile in The New York Times:
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 later said her comments on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired January 28, 2008. She told Oprah Winfrey 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. Often times 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".
Two Can Play That Game
Nominated -- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Half Past Dead
Nominated -- BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie
Nominated -- BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film
Garfield: The Movie
Role was deleted in final cut of the film
Farce of the Penguins
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
Steppin: The Movie
Mary Lee Johnston
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Bravest Performance Award, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Unforgettable Moment, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, BET Award for Best Actress, Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble, Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble Cast, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, International Online Film Critics' Poll Award for Best Supporting Actress, Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress, Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Stockholm Film Festival Award for Best Actress, Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Acting, Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Village Voice Film Poll - Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Nominated -- Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast,
Nominated -- Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble,
Nominated -- Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble,
Nominated -- Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Nominated -- San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Nominated -- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture,
Nominated -- St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Favorite Scene,
Nominated -- Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Nominated -- Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble,
Nominated -- Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television,
Nominated -- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Rugrats: Tales from the Crib
Nicole "Nikki" Parker
111 episodes, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005),
Nominated -- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2003),
Nominated -- BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The Mo'Nique Show
Television guest appearances
Nicole "Nikki" Parker
Nicole "Nikki" Parker
The Proud Family
The Bernie Mac Show
Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School
Plus Size Actress