In tragedy, artists find inspiration, despair

The least of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000885" title="Jennifer Hudson" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jennifer-hudson-PECLB000885.topic">Jennifer Hudson</a>'s concerns right now is how the slayings of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew--will affect her career. As an artist, your work springs out of your life, and when that life has been forever altered, of course everything changes.<br>
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Hudson thus has joined a long, sad line of artists and performers who have confronted tragedy, often at the height of their careers. For some, this loss was reflected directly or indirectly in the work that followed. For others, the grief remained intensely private.
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( Kuni Takahashi, Chicago Tribune / March 6, 2007 )

The least of Jennifer Hudson's concerns right now is how the slayings of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew--will affect her career. As an artist, your work springs out of your life, and when that life has been forever altered, of course everything changes.

Hudson thus has joined a long, sad line of artists and performers who have confronted tragedy, often at the height of their careers. For some, this loss was reflected directly or indirectly in the work that followed. For others, the grief remained intensely private.

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