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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. 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). In 2005, she starred in Hustle & Flow and played Queenie in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received an Academy Award nomination. In 2010, she appeared in the comedy Date Night and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid. In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like A Man and reprised her role in its sequel. Henson has also had an extensive career in television, having been a regular cast member on series such as The Division, Boston Legal and Eli Stone. From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS drama Person of Interest. 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. Henson also released an autobiography titled Around The Way Girl. She is set to star in the NASA drama film Hidden Figures based on the life of Katherine Johnson. Description above from the Wikipedia article Taraji Penda Henson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Sep 11, 1970 In Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
53
First Appeared:
In the series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-05-25
Latest Project:
Movie Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 2018-11-20
Known For
Poster of The Cleveland Show
Poster of Boston Legal
Poster of Satan's School for Girls
Filmography
Movie Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Yesss (voice) 2018-11-20
Movie Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Ethel (voice) 2016-03-20
Movie Hidden Figures Katherine G. Johnson 2016-12-10
Movie Term Life Samantha Thurman 2016-04-29
Series Empire Cookie Lyon 2015-01-07
Series Lip Sync Battle Herself 2015-04-02
Movie Think Like a Man Too Lauren Harris 2014-06-20
Movie No Good Deed Terri 2014-09-10
Movie Top Five Herself 2014-12-12
Movie Seasons Of Love Jackie 2014-12-20
Movie Madly Madagascar Okapi (voice) 2013-01-29
Movie From the Rough Catana Starks 2013-06-08
Movie Think Like a Man Lauren Harris 2012-04-16
Movie The Good Doctor Nurse Theresa 2011-01-01
Series Person of Interest Joss Carter 2011-09-22
Movie Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Tiffany Rubin 2011-01-31
Movie Larry Crowne B'Ella 2011-06-30
Movie Date Night Detective Arroyo 2010-04-08
Movie The Karate Kid Sherry Parker 2010-06-10
Movie Peep World Mary 2010-09-15
Movie Once Fallen Pearl 2010-11-02
Movie I Can Do Bad All By Myself April 2009-09-11
Movie Not Easily Broken Clarice Clark 2009-01-09
Series The Cleveland Show Unknown 2009-09-27
Movie Hurricane Season Dayna Collins 2009-12-08
Series Eli Stone Unknown 2008-01-31
Movie The Family That Preys Pam 2008-09-12
Movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie 2008-11-24
Movie Talk to Me Vernell Watson 2007-07-13
Movie Something New Nedra 2006-01-29
Movie Smokin' Aces Sharice Watters 2006-12-09
Movie Hustle & Flow Shug 2005-07-22
Movie Animal Ramona 2005-05-01
Movie Four Brothers Camille Mercer 2005-08-11
Movie Hair Show Tiffany 2004-10-17
Series Boston Legal Whitney Rome 2004-10-03
Series House Unknown 2004-11-16
Series All of Us Unknown 2003-09-16
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Series The Division 2001-01-07
Movie Baby Boy Yvette 2001-06-27
Movie Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Bess Pinckney 2001-05-02
Movie Satan's School for Girls Paige 2000-03-13
Movie The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Left-Wing Student 2000-06-30
Series Strong Medicine Unknown 2000-07-23
Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Series Smart Guy Unknown 1997-04-02
Series The Parent 'Hood Unknown 1995-01-18
Series Sister, Sister Unknown 1994-04-01
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Series Saved by the Bell: The New Class Unknown 1993-09-11
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25