Taraji P. Henson, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Taraji P. Henson

American actress

Date of Birth: 11-Sep-1970

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

Profession: actor, singer, television actor, film actor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Taraji P. Henson

  • Taraji Penda Henson ( t?-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and author.
  • She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001).
  • She received praise for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
  • In 2010 she appeared in the action comedy Date Night, and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid. Henson has also had an extensive and successful career in television, including series such as The Division, Boston Legal and Eli Stone.
  • In 2011, she starred in the Lifetime Television film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, which brought her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
  • From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS drama Person of Interest, for which she won an NAACP Image Award.
  • She starred in the ensemble films Think Like a Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel.
  • In 2015 she began starring as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, for which she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
  • She also won a Golden Globe Award; and was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • That year, she released a New York Times best selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl.
  • Also that year, she was praised for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

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