Taraji P. Henson

Actor and Singer
Born Sep 11, 1974

Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer. She currently co-stars in the CBS series Person of Interest.… Read More

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1970 Birth Born on September 11, 1970.


1988 17 Years Old Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988. … Read More


1994 23 Years Old Taraji P.Henson became pregnant during her junior year of college, and gave birth in 1994 to her son, Marcell Johnson. … Read More


2001 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 35 Years Old …  Henson performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony on March 5, 2006, with the group. … Read More
2008 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, she appeared opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. … Read More
2010 39 Years Old In 2010, she appeared in the remake of The Karate Kid alongside Jaden Smith. … Read More


2011 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, she starred as Tiffany Rubin in the Lifetime Movie Network film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. … Read More
2013 42 Years Old In the Person of Interest November 20, 2013 episode "The Crossing", after co-starring for two and a half years, Henson's character Carter was killed as part of the series' new storyline direction.
2014 43 Years Old In February 2014, several months after her last episode of Person of Interest aired on CBS, Henson was hired by Fox to star in the new TV series pilot Empire, a musical drama set in the hip hop recording industry. Henson plays Cookie Lyon opposite former Hustle & Flow costar Terrence Howard. Fox ordered the pilot to series in May 2014 and the TV series debuted on January 7, 2015 with positive reviews from critics and wide commercial success. … Read More
…  As of 2015, she stars as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama series Empire, for which she won a Critics' Choice Award and a Golden Globe Award, and nominated for an Emmy Award.
In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. … Read More
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