Taraji Penda 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 (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. Taraji played 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. Currently Taraji stars as the Matriarchal Mother, “Cookie” in the Fox television drama Empire, which has run now, 6 seasons since January of 2015.
- Born: September 11, 1970 (age 49 years), Washington, D.C.
- Education: Howard University (1995), Oxon Hill High School (1988), North Carolina A&T State University, Howard University
- Height: 5′ 5″ (167 cm)
- Dress Size: 12 US (44 EU)
- Bra Size: 34D
- Shoe Size: 7 US (37.5 EU)
Awards & Accolades
- Ambassador of American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in 2015
- Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama