Mo’Nique is an American actress and comedienne with a net worth of $13 million dollars. She rose to prominence after originating the role of Nicole “Nikki” Parker on the television series “The Parkers” (1999–2004). She has since become well-known for her stand-up comedy and hosting roles on shows like “Showtime at the Apollo” (2000-2006), where she first appeared as a featured comedienne in 1994. Mo’Nique has also hosted the BET Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2007. She has also performed stand-up comedy on “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam” (1998) and “Thank God You’re Here” (2007). Mo’Nique has over 30 acting credits to her name, including the Academy Award-winning films “Phat Girlz” (2006), “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” (2008), and “Precious” (2009). From 2009 to 2011, Mo’Nique hosted her own late-night BET talk show, “The Mo’Nique Show,” and in 2019, she started a residency at SLS Las Vegas called Mo’Nique Does Vegas. .
Mo’Nique was born Monique Angela Imes in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 11, 1967. Her father, Steven Jr., was a drug counsellor, and her mother, Alice, was an engineer. Gerald, Millicent, and Steven, her three older siblings, raised Mo’Nique, who graduated from Milford Mill High School in 1985. Following graduation, she enrolled at Morgan State University and earned a degree from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in 1987. When her brother Steven challenged her to perform at an open mic night at the Comedy Factory Outlet in downtown Baltimore, Mo’Nique accepted.
Gerald began molesting Mo’Nique when she was 7 years old and continued until she was 11 years old, according to a 2008 interview with “Essence” magazine. Gerald served 15 years in prison for sexually abusing another girl. Gerald was cut out of Mo’Nique’s life after the birth of her twins in 2005, and he admitted to the abuse in a 2010 episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” saying that drug abuse and his own molestation led to him molesting his younger sister.
Mo’Nique made her acting debut in a 1999 episode of the UPN sitcom “Nikki” and later that year, she started playing Nicole “Moesha,” Parker on UPN’s “The Parkers,” which aired 110 episodes over five seasons. She appeared in three episodes of “Moesha” and a 2001 episode of ABC’s “The Hughleys.” as Nikki. Mo’Nique also voiced Boonnetta on “The Parkers,” co-starred in the television film “The Proud Family,” with Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover, and guest-starred on “Good Fences,” while on “The Bernie Mac Show.” In 2005, she hosted and produced “Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance,” an Oxygen network plus-size beauty pageant, and in 2007, she hosted VH1’s “Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School” She has appeared in several stand-up comedy specials and documentaries, including “Mo’Nique: One Night Stand” (2005), “Mo’Nique & Friends: Live from Atlanta” (2020), and “Mo’Nique: Behind Bars” (2020). (2007). Mo’Nique received critical acclaim and several award nominations for her role as Ma Rainey in the HBO film “Bessie,” in 2015.
Mo’Nique made her film debut in the comedy “3 Strikes,” in 2000, followed by roles in “Baby Boy” “Two Can Play That Game” and the stand-up comedy film “The Queens of Comedy.” the following year. In 2004, she starred in “Soul Plane” and “Hair Show,” then in 2005, she appeared in “Shadowboxer” and “Domino” The following year, Mo’Nique voiced “Farce of the Penguins” and appeared in “Irish Jam,” “Phat Girlz,” and “Beerfest,” and in 2008, she co-starred in “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins.” with Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, and James Earl Jones. Mo’Nique won dozens of awards for her performance as Mary Lee Johnston in “Precious,” in 2009. Mo’Nique has appeared in the films “Precious,” (2014), “Blackbird” (2014), and “Interwoven” since her award-winning performance in “Almost Christmas” (2016). She also starred in Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” in 2002, and in 2004 and 2006, she published the books “Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World” and “Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted”
Mo’Nique’s personal life began in 1997, when she married Mark Jackson on Christmas Day. Before divorcing in April 2001, they had a son, Shalon, and adopted another son, Mark Jr. She later married Sidney Hicks and gave birth to twin sons David and Jonathan on October 3, 2005. (two months prematurely). Mo’Nique married Sidney on May 20, 2006, and the couple has an open marriage, according to Mo’Nique.
Mo’Nique is said to owe $620,000 in back taxes and has been served with IRS and Georgia Department of Revenue liens. She filed a lawsuit against Netflix in 2019 alleging gender and racial discrimination after the streaming service offered her $500,000 for a 2018 comedy special, a pittance compared to the millions of dollars paid to comedians like Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock for their Netflix specials. Netflix attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed, but a judge ruled that it could proceed in July 2020.
Awards and nominations: For her role in “Precious.” Mo’Nique won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2010. She also won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, an African-American Film Critics Association Award, a BET Award, and two Gold Derby Awards for her performance (Supporting Actress and Supporting Actress of the Decade). She’s won two Black Reel Awards for “Precious” and “Good Fences,” as well as a Women’s Image Network Award for “Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance.” Mo’Nique has also received five NAACP Image Awards (one for “Precious” and four for “The Parkers”), as well as Primetime Emmy, Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Gold Derby Awards, Online Film & Television Association Awards, and Satellite Award nominations for her performance in “Bessie”
Mo’Nique used to rent a 7,292 square foot home in Roswell, Georgia for $22,000 per month, but her landlords sued her in 2011 because she allegedly owed them $370,000 for breaking her rental agreement. Mo’Nique countersued, claiming that the house smelled like dog faeces and urine, had an overflowing septic tank, and a mould problem, and that she wanted out of her lease. The cases were settled in 2012 for an undisclosed sum.