Happy Birthday, Mo'Nique! Her Life In Film

The comedian and actress turns 56 years old today.

As the legendary Mo'Nique reaches her 56th birthday, it's a perfect moment to reflect on her incredible contributions to the world of entertainment. Known simply as Mo'Nique, she's a multifaceted talent whose performances in film have made her a legend.

Let's highlight her filmography, showcasing her versatility, humor, and depth as an actress.

  • "The Parkers" (1999-2004)

    Spinning off from the hit series, “Moesha,” “The Parkers” debuted in 1999. Mo’Nique starred as Nikki Parker, a woman who dropped out of school due to an unplanned pregnancy. When her daughter Kim grows up and starts college, Nikki decides to follow her, maintaining classes, chasing Prof. Oglevee, and shouting “Heeyyy!” for five seasons.

  • "Queens of Comedy" (2001)

    Not to be outdone by the guys of “The Original Kings of Comedy,” Mo’Nique, Laura Hayes, Adele Givens and Sommore crowned themselves when they filmed “The Queens of Comedy.” Mo’Nique entertained with her celebration of big women and love advice, while footage showed just how much fun the ladies had around town.

  • "Phat Girlz" (2006)

    She shines as Jazmin Biltmore, a confident and plus-sized fashion designer navigating life and love.

  • "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins" (2008)

    Adding her signature humor, Mo'Nique portrays Betty in this family comedy.

  • "Precious" (2009)

    In a career-defining performance, Mo'Nique delivers an emotionally powerful portrayal as Mary Lee Johnston, earning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Lee Daniels film.

  • "Blackbird" (2014)

    Mo'Nique was stunning as Claire Rousseau in this drama exploring themes of sexual identity and family dynamics in this Patrik-Ian Polk film.

  • "Bessie" (2015)

    Stepping into the shoes of Ma Rainey, Mo'Nique impresses in this HBO biographical film centered on the life of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, played by Queen Latifah.

  • "Interwoven" (2016)

    Mo'Nique takes on the character Patricia in this anthology film that intricately intertwines various stories and characters.

  • "Almost Christmas" (2016)

    Bringing warmth and laughter to the screen as Aunt May, Mo'Nique adds her charm to this holiday-themed comedy-drama.

  • "The Reading" (2023)

    "The Reading" written and directed by Courtney Glaude with Lee Daniels, Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks served as producers on this horror flick. You can watch now on BET+!

    Happy birthday, Mo'Nique!

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