Taraji P. Henson Net Worth, Height, Bio, Facts

Taraji P. Henson Biography
  • Name: Taraji P. Henson
  • Age: 48 years old
  • Height: 5ft 4in (163 cm)
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Net Worth: US $6 Million
  • Status: Alive

Taraji P. Henson is an American film and television actress. She stars as “Cookie Lyon” in drama series, Empire. Her film credits include Hustle and Flow (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Hidden Figures (2016). Taraji Penda Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, D.C. Her parents Boris Henson and Bernice Gordon separated when she was a toddler. She has no siblings. Henson attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She completed her BA degree in theater arts from Howard University in 1995.

Henson moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to pursue a career in acting. After countless auditions, she landed her first television role as “Mo’Nique” in the sitcom, Smart Guy (1997-98). She made guest appearances on the series Sister, Sister, and ER. Henson held a recurring role as “Inspector Washington” in the Lifetime crime-drama, The Division (2002-04). She starred as “Yvette” opposite Tyrese Gibson in the film Baby Boy (2001). Her next big role was that of “Shug” in the independent drama, Hustle & Flow (2005). She also performed the Oscar winning song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”.

Henson co-starred as “Queenie” in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. That role earned her both a Screen Actors Guild and an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. Other notable films include I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2008) with Tyler Perry, Think Like a Man (2012) with Michael Ealy, and No Good Deed (2014) with Idris Elba.

Henson held a recurring role as “Whitney Rome” in the series Boston Legal (2007-08) and starred as Detective Jocelyn “Joss” Carter in the drama series Person of Interest (2011-15). She was cast as the female lead “Cookie Lyon” in the drama series, Empire. The show premiered on Fox on January 7, 2015. The series was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. It also stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray. Henson won a Golden Globe Award in 2016. She’s also won two Emmy Award nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Taraji P. Henson stands 5ft 4in tall and she’s of African-American and Cameroonian ancestry. Her net worth is estimated at $6 million. Henson has a son named Marcell. Her son’s father ‘William Lamarr Johnson’ was murdered in 1997. Henson got engaged to professional football cornerback ‘Kelvin Hayden’ in May 2018. She was previously linked to actor Tyrese Gibson and to retired NBA player Lamar Odom.

Taraji P. Henson Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Taraji P. Henson Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

  • Birth Name: Taraji Penda Henson
  • Birthday: September 11, 1970
  • How Old : Age: 48 years old
  • Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • How Tall : Height: 5ft 4in (163 cm)
  • Occupation: Actress, Author
  • Years Active: 1995-present
  • Net Worth & Salary: US $6 Million
  • Partner(s): Kelvin Hayden
  • Death-O-Meter: Alive

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