Taraji P. Henson Biography | 411Celeb.com
  • Taraji P. Henson Biography

    Born: September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA

    TARAJI P. HENSON earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She starred as Detective Joss Carter in the highly rated J.J. Abrams crime drama “Person of Interest” for CBS and won the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Henson will star in Lee Daniel’s “Empire” as Cookie Lyon alongside Terrence Howard, premiering on Fox in early 2015.

    Taraji starred in the major hit Think Like a Man and its sequel Think Like a Man Too. She stared in From the Rough, nationally released in April 2014; the true story of Catana Starks of Tennessee State University who was the first woman coach to win NCAA Championship. Furthermore, Henson will star in Lee 2015.

    In Larry Crowne she co-starred with star and director Tom Hanks alongside Julia Roberts and Cedric the Entertainer. She starred in the hugely successful Karate Kid, opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and in Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also starred in Peep World playing Rainn Wilson’s love interest; The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom and Once Fallen co-starring Ed Harris.

    Henson received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features’ Talk to Me, opposite Don Cheadle. She co-starred in the ensemble action drama Smokin’ Aces with Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys. Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film by the Black Movie Awards and received the BET Best Actress nod for her performance as “Shug” in the gutsy drama Hustle & Flow, also starring Terrence Howard. She starred in Sony’s Not Easily Broken, opposite Morris Chestnut, opposite Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, and with Kathy Bates in Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys.

    Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow and performed the Academy Award®-winning song, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” on the Oscar® telecast. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000 for Paramount. Henson co-starred with Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan in Focus Features’ Something New. She is well remembered for her role as “Yvette,”opposite Tyrese in Baby Boy.

    On television, she received an Emmy® nomination for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-series for her starring portrayal as the title character in Lifetime’s “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story,” which depicts the true story of a mother whose child was illegally taken from her. Taraji was a series regular on David E. Kelly’s “Boston Legal” and recurred on ABC’s “Eli Stone.” Taraji was featured in Jamie Foxx’s video “Just Like Me,” and also appeared in Estelle’s video “Pretty Please.”

    Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides in Los Angeles with her son. Henson has a strong dedication to helping disabled and less fortunate children and reveals, “I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves––the greatest recipe for success is self-confidence.”

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