Taraji P. Henson 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. She received praise for her performances as a sex-worker in Hustle & Flow, 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, for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Birth Name

Taraji Penda Henson

Nickname

Taraji P. Henson, TJ, Cookie

Profession

Actress

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970, in Washington, D.C., United States.

Age

She’s currently 48 years old.

Sun Sign

Virgo

Ethnicity

Black

Religion

Christianity

Education

Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988. She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and even studied engineering and science at the University of the District of Columbia, but soon after got transferred to Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995.

Family Details

  • Father – Boris Lawrence Henson (Janitor and Metal Fabricator)
  • Mother – Bernice Gordon (Corporate Manager at Woodward & Lothrop)
  • Siblings – She has no siblings and is the only child of her parents.

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Taraji P. Henson has dated –

  • William Johnson (1986-1994) – She dated her high school sweetheart, William Johnson from September 1986 to October 1994. During this time, while she was still in junior college, she also got pregnant and gave birth to a son named Marcell Johnson in 1994.
  • Tyrese Gibson (1995-2002) – From January 1995 to November 2002, she was romantically linked ON and OFF with singer and actor Tyrese Gibson. They ended their relationship 5 times during these 8 years. She is about 9 years his senior. During these 8 years, they had two children from the relationship, viz., Jody (born, July 23, 1997) and Jordenn (born, June 17, 2003).
  • Hill Harper (2002-2005) – For the next three and a half years, from April 2002 to October 2005, she dated actor Hill Harper.
  • Common (2005-2007) – She started dating rapper Common in October 2005 after she appeared in his music video “Testify.” They dated for more than a year until February 2007.
  • Lamar Odom (2008-2009) – Taraji, then started dating basketball player, Lamar Odom in December 2008. He is about 1.5 feet taller than her and roughly 10 years younger than her. They dated for around eight months and split in August 2009.
  • Aubrey Graham (2010) – In June 2010, she commenced dating Canadian rapper, Aubrey Graham. But, this relationship also saw an end in September 2010.
  • Michael Ealy (2012) – Taraji had fling with actor Michael Ealy after meeting him on the set of Think Like a Man (2012).

  • Kelvin Hayden (2018-Present) – In May 2018, Henson got engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 4 inches
  • In centimeters – 163 cm
  • In meters – 1.63 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 60 kg
  • In Pounds – 132 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 38-28-37
  • Bust – 38 inches
  • Waist – 28 inches
  • Hip – 37 inches
  • Bra Size – 34D

Body Build

Average

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 8 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Portraying Shug in 2005 independent drama film Hustle & Flow and as Queenie in the 2008 romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Film Debut

Taraji made her film debut with 2000 animated adventure comedy film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a left-wing student.

Television Debut

She appeared in three episodes from 1997 to 1998 in The WB’s sitcom Smart Guy for her role as Mo’Nique.

Brand Endorsements

In 2015, she was named as the ambassador of American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

Awards & Nominations

Year Nominated Work Association Category Result
2002 Baby Boy Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
2006 Hustle & Flow BET Awards Best Actress Won
Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Four Brothers Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Nominated
2008 Talk to Me NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
BET Awards Best Actress Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Won
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Critics’ Choice Movie Award Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2010 I Can Do Bad All By Myself Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
2011 Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story BET Awards Best Actress Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Won
Black Reel Awards Best Actress: TV Movie/Cable Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year Won
No Good Deed NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won
Empire BET Awards Best Actress Won
Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated
Choice TV: Chemistry Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2016 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
Shorty Awards Best Actress Won
BET Awards Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Won
Around The Way Girl: A Memoir Outstanding Literary Work Biography/Autobiography Nominated
Hidden Figures Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won
Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Actress Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Movie Nominated
Best Hero Won
Best Kiss Nominated
BET Awards Best Actress Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress Drama Nominated

Taraji P. Henson Favorites

Her favorite things are unknown.

Taraji P. Henson Net worth

Taraji P. Henson has a estimated net worth of $16 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Taraji P. Henson

  • Her first and middle names Taraji and Penda have been taken from Swahili language. They mean hope and love respectively.
  • She had a nickname Cookie in college.
  • She earned a Triple Threat Scholarship at the Howard University. In 1995, she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
  • Taraji is a great-great cousin of North Pole explorer, Matthew Henson.
  • In 2005 she starred in the rapper Common’s music video Testify as the wife of a soon to be convicted murderer and appeared in Tyrese Gibson’s music video Stay as his love interest.
  • She supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has appeared n*de in one of their ad campaigns in January 2011.
  • She is good at cooking and Mary J. Blige is a fan of her chili dish, which Taraji says is her signature dish.
  • In 2015 Henson teamed up with Howard to produce and host a variety holiday special for Fox, Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays.
  • In February 2015, Henson posed in an ad for the NOH8 Campaign supporting the LGBT community.
  • In March 16, 2015, she was a guest co-host on Live! with Kelly and Michael, filling in for Kelly Ripa.
  • In 2016, Henson starred in the film Hidden Figures, a major box-office success nominated for numerous awards, including three Oscars.
  • In February 2019, Henson starred in What Men Want as a female sports agent, looked down upon by male colleagues, who gains the power to hear men’s thoughts.
  • In April 2019, she will star in the historical drama The Best of Enemies, portraying civil rights activist Ann Atwater.

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