Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson is a famous American actress, singer, and author who has appeared in the hit movies such as "Baby Boy", "The Family that Preys", "Hustle and Flow", "Think like a man" and "Karate Kid".

Taraji P. Henson is a famous American actress, singer, and author who has appeared in the hit movies such as “Baby Boy”, “The Family that Preys”, “Hustle and Flow”, “Think like a man” and “Karate Kid”.  She was also named one of the 100 influential people in the world by the magazine Names.

Bio, Age, Parents, Nationality

Taraji P. Henson was born on 11th September 1970 in Washington DC, US. Her birth name is Taraji Penda Henson. American is her nationality. Her ethnicity is Swahili. Virgo is her zodiac sign.

She was born to Boris Henson(father) and Bernice Gordon(mother). Her father was a janitor and metal fabricator while her mother was a corporate manager. When she was 2 years old, her parents divorced.

She has two younger siblings, Shawn and April. She has said that North pole explorer, Mathew Henson was the brother of her great-great-grandfather.

She was raised in her hometown, Washington DC. She did her schooling at Oxon Hill High School. She first attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University but she moved to Howard University after the first year.

She studied drama at Howard University. She has also worked as a secretary at the Pentagon and also as an actress.

Quick Facts About Taraji P. Henson

Nickname TJ, Cookie
Gender Female
Age 52 years old (in 2023)
Date of Birth September 11, 1970
Full Name Taraji Penda Henson
Profession Actress and Author
Nationality American
Birthplace Washington, D.C., United States
Religion Christianity
Zodiac Sign Virgo

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson – Career, Net worth – 2023

The American actress, Taraji P. Henson has an estimated net worth of $16 million in 2019.

She has earned lots of money from her movies, TV shows, and songs. She also earns money by modeling in commercials and from autobiography.

  •  Taraji P. Henson started her professional acting career in 2001 through the comedy-drama movie “Baby Boy”. She got the Best Actress award for the movie.
  • She became famous throughout the country after playing the role of Shug in the Oscar-winning movie “Hustle and Flow” in 2005.
  • She was nominated for the MTV movie awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in the movie.
  • She also appeared in the TV show “House” and also guest-starred in Sister, Sister. Then in 2007, she appeared in movies such as “Smokin” and “Talk to me”.
  • In the year 2008, she played the role of Queen in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie. In the same year, she also acted in the movie “The Family that preys”.
  • She appeared in the remake of “The Karate Kid” in 2010. This movie became a huge success. She received several nominations for her role in the movie “Taken from me: The Tiffany Rubin story” in 2011.
  • She also starred in the Television drama “Person of Interest” from 2011 to 2013. She starred in the movie “Think Like a man” and its sequel “Think Like a man too” in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
  • In 2015, she played the starring role of Cookie Lyon in the hit series “Empire”. Her role in the TV series was widely appreciated and she won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in 2016.
  •  She also won the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress and became the first black actress in history to win that award and also received another Emmy nomination for her leading role in the series.
  • She also hosted one episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and on March 16, 2015, she co-hosted the show ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael’ in the absence of Kelly Ripa.
  • She starred in the movie “Hidden Figures” in 2016 for which she won two Golden Globes Awards for her role in the movie.
  • In February 2019, she played a role in the TV show “What Men Want”. At present, she is starring in the historical drama “The Best of Enemies”.
  • She had her music debut in the movie “Hustle and Flow”.She has sung many songs such as “Three 6 Mafia”, In my daughter’s eyes”, and “Stay”

Body Measurements – Height, Weight

Over 48 years aged, Taraji P. Henson has had a well-maintained body. She stands 6ft 4 inches (1.63m) and has a body weight of 60kg(132 pounds). She has a dark complexion with black hair and brown eyes. Her body measurement is 38-28-37 inches. Her shoe size is 7(US).

Relationship Status of Taraji P. Henson

The American actress, Taraji P. Henson has been rumored to be married to Kevin Hayden after she posted a photo on Instagram with him on and wrote his name as “Hubby”.

They got engaged on Mother’s day in May 2018 after Kevin proposed to her on the same day of engagement. They were dating each other since 2016. Kevin Hayden is an NFL player.

She is also a single parent of her son, Marcel. She gave birth to her son when she was in college without being married. At that time, she was in a relationship with the baby’s father, William Johnson.

Her baby’s father got murdered in 2003. She never married William.

She is also active on social media with 14.3 million followers on Instagram.

FAQs of Taraji P. Henson

How old is Taraji P. Henson in Baby Boy?

  • Baby Boy (2001) – Taraji P. Henson is one of the most versatile actors to grace the big and small screens. Drama, comedy, romance — the sexy 43-year-old can do it all.

What movie made Taraji P. Henson famous?

  • In 1998 she made her big-screen debut in Streetwise, and her breakthrough movie roles came in John Singleton’s Baby Boy (2001), as the central character’s much-put-upon girlfriend, and Hustle & Flow (2005), as the pregnant prostitute Shug, opposite Terrence Howard, whom she later demanded be hired to play the role.

How much is Taraji worth?

  • Henson is an American actress and singer who has a net worth of $25 million. Henson is an extremely well-known figure in the entertainment industry, having appeared in a range of TV series and films. She is also a successful writer, as her autobiography, Around the Way Girl, become extremely popular.

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