Professionally known as Mo’Nique, Monique Angela Imes Hicks is a comedian, actress and television host. As an actress, she is best known for her role as Mary Lee Johnston in “Precious,” a 2009 drama film based on Ramona “Sapphire” Lofton’s 1996 novel “Push.”
Before becoming an actress, Mo’Nique worked as a customer service representative at MCI, a phone company in Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States. Here are 13 more facts about her:
- Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is the youngest among the four children of drug counselor Steven Imes, Jr. and engineer Alice Imes.
- In 1985, she graduated from Milford High School in Baltimore. In 1987, she graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in Baltimore.
- She and Mark Jackson got married in 1997. They divorced in 2001.
- She, along with Adele Givens, Laura Hayes and Sommore, received a Best Comedy Album nomination at the 2002 Grammy Awards for “The Queens of Comedy,” which lost to “Napalm and Silly Putty” by George Carlin.
- From 1999 to 2004, she played Nicole “Nikki” Parker in the UPN series “The Parkers.” For this role, she won National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
- In March 2002, she made her theater debut by joining the first all black celebrity cast to perform “The Vagina Monologues.”
- She and Sidney Hicks got married in 2006. Their twin sons Jonathan Hicks and David Hicks were born in October 2005.
- On December 14, 2009, she received African-American Film Critics Association‘s first ever unanimous vote in an acting category as the Best Supporting Actress winner for her role in “Precious.”
- She was 42 years old when she won Best Supporting Actress at the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7, 2010 for her role in “Precious.” It was the late Robin Williams who presented her Oscar award.
- She hosted the BET talk show “The Mo’Nique Show” from 2009 to 2011.
- In 2015, she played Ma Rainey in “Bessie,” the biographical film about the life of Bessie Smith. She was nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards but lost to “American Crime” star Regina King.
- In 2016, she played Aunt May Deveraux Johnson-Davis in “Almost Christmas.” For the role, she was nominated for the NAACP image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture but lost to “Fences” star Viola Davis.
- In 2019, her residency show “Mo’Nique Takes Vegas” took place at the SLS Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada, USA.