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              Taraji P. Henson


              Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005). See full bio »
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              Taraji P. Henson is back — and as badass as ever — as Cookie Lyon in Season 5 of "Empire." Check out her career on and off the screen.

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              Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

              Known For

              Hidden Figures Katherine G. Johnson
              (2016)
              (2005)
              The Karate Kid Sherry Parker
              (2010)

              Filmography

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               2019 The Best of Enemies (completed)
              Ann Atwater
               2015-2019 Empire (TV Series)
              Cookie Lyon
              - Without All Remedy (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
              - Hot Blood, Hot Thoughts, Hot Deeds (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
              - Shift and Save Yourself (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
              - In Loving Virtue (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
              - My Fault Is Past (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
               2019 What Men Want
              Ali Davis
               2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet
              Yesss (voice)
               2018 Proud Mary: If Looks Could Kill (Short)
              Mary
               2018 Acrimony
              Melinda
               2018 Proud Mary
              Mary
               2017 Hidden Figures: It All Adds Up - The Making of Hidden Figures (Video short)
              Katherine Johnson
               2017 The Simpsons (TV Series)
              Praline
              - The Great Phatsby (2017) ... Praline (voice)
               2016 Hidden Figures
              Katherine G. Johnson
               2016 Term Life
              Samantha Thurman
               2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (TV Short)
              Ethel (voice)
               2011-2015 Person of Interest (TV Series)
              Joss Carter
              - Terra Incognita (2015) ... Joss Carter
              - The Crossing (2013) ... Joss Carter
              - Endgame (2013) ... Joss Carter
              - The Perfect Mark (2013) ... Joss Carter
              - Mors Praematura (2013) ... Joss Carter
               2014 Seasons of Love (TV Movie)
              Jackie
               2014/I No Good Deed
              Terry
               2014 Top Five
              Taraji P. Henson
               2014 Think Like a Man Too
              Lauren
               2013 From the Rough
              Catana Starks
               2013 Madly Madagascar (Video short)
              Okapi (voice)
               2012 Living in the Age of Surveillance (Video short)
              Various
               2012 Think Like a Man
              Lauren
               2011 Larry Crowne
              B'Ella
               2011/I The Good Doctor
              Nurse Theresa
               2011 Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (TV Movie)
              Tiffany Rubin
               2010 The Brotherly Love Table Read (Video short)
               2010 Peep World
              Mary
               2010 The Karate Kid
              Sherry Parker
               2010 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
              Chanel
              - Brotherly Love (2010) ... Chanel (voice)
               2010 Once Fallen
              Pearl
               2010 Date Night
              Detective Arroyo
               2010 Forehead Tittaes (Video short)
               2009 Hurricane Season
              Dayna Collins
               2009 Not Easily Broken
              Clarice Clark
               2008 Eli Stone (TV Series)
              Angela Scott
              - Help! (2008) ... Angela Scott
              - Happy Birthday, Nate (2008) ... Angela Scott
              - The Humanitarian (2008) ... Angela Scott
               2007-2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
              Whitney Rome
              - Patriot Acts (2008) ... Whitney Rome
              - The Gods Must Be Crazy (2008) ... Whitney Rome (credit only)
              - Indecent Proposals (2008) ... Whitney Rome
              - The Court Supreme (2008) ... Whitney Rome (credit only)
              - The Mighty Rogues (2008) ... Whitney Rome
               2007 Talk to Me
              Vernell Watson
               2006 Smokin' Aces
              Sharice Watters (as Taraji Henson)
               2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
              Christina
              - I Like to Watch (2006) ... Christina (as Taraji Henson)
               2006/I Something New
              Nedra
               2005 House M.D. (TV Series)
              Moira
              - Spin (2005) ... Moira
               2005 Half & Half (TV Series)
              Gabrielle
              - The Big How to Do & Undo It Episode (2005) ... Gabrielle
               2005 Animal (Video)
              Ramona
               2005 Common: Testify (Video short)
               2005 Four Brothers
              Camille Mercer
               2005 Hustle & Flow
              Shug
               2004 Hair Show
              Tiffany (as Taraji Henson)
               2004 All of Us (TV Series)
              Kim
              - In Through the Out Door (2004) ... Kim (as Taraji Henson)
               2002-2004 The Division (TV Series)
              Inspector Raina Washington
              - Zero Tolerance: Part 2 (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
              - Zero Tolerance: Part 1 (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
              - Be Careful What You Wish For (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
              - Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
              - Baby, the Rain Must Fall (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
               2002 Holla (TV Series)
              Guest
               2001 Baby Boy
              Yvette
               2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (TV Movie)
              Bess Pinckney
               2001 All or Nothing (Video)
              Kiko
               2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
              Left-Wing Student (as Taraji Henson)
               2000 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
              Crystal
              - Drug Interactions (2000) ... Crystal
               2000 Satan's School for Girls (TV Movie)
              Paige
               1999 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
              Rhonda
              - The Right Thing (1999) ... Rhonda
               1998-1999 Felicity (TV Series)
              Art Student / R.A. #2
              - Todd Mulcahy: Part 2 (1999) ... Art Student (as Taraji Henson)
              - Drawing the Line: Part 1 (1998) ... R.A. #2
               1998 Streetwise
              Tammy
               1997-1998 Smart Guy (TV Series)
              Leslie / Monique
              - Break Up Not to Make Up (1998) ... Leslie (as Taraji Henson)
              - Boomerang (1998) ... Leslie (as Taraji Henson)
              - Big Picture (1997) ... Monique
               1998 Saved by the Bell: The New Class (TV Series)
              Girl #3
              - Loser (1998) ... Girl #3
               1998 ER (TV Series)
              Elan / Patrice Robbins
              - Split Second (1998) ... Elan (as Taraji Henson)
              - Of Past Regret and Future Fear (1998) ... Patrice Robbins (as Taraji Henson)
               1997 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
              Briana
              - Two's Company (1997) ... Briana
               1997 The Parent 'Hood (TV Series)
              Aida
              - Fast Cash (1997) ... Aida (as Taraji Henson)
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              Other Works:

              Appears in the music video "Testify" for rap artist Common. See more »

              Publicity Listings:

              1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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              Alternate Names:

              Taraji Henson

              Height:

              5' 4" (1.63 m)
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              Personal Quote:

              I don't harp on the negative because if you do, then there's no progression. There's no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make. See more »

              Trivia:

              Officially announced engagement to former American football cornerback Kelvin Hayden on May 13, 2018 (Mother's Day). See more »

              Star Sign:

              Virgo

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