Taraji P. Henson is an American television actress, singer and author. She’s popular for her role Cookie Lyon in the FOX musical series “Empire”. Henson became the first African American woman to win the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a drama series. She has won also back-to back Emmys for Best Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series in 2015.
- Nationality: Washington, DC, United States of American
- Date of Birth: September 11, 1970
- Occupation: Actress
- Net Worth: $16 Million
Taraji P. Henson Biography
Taraji Penda Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Southeast Washington, D.C. She was born to Boris Lawrence Henson(Father), a metal fabricator and a janitor and Bernice Gordon(Mother), a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop. Henson is elder sister to two younger siblings, Shawn and April. See Also: Johnny Galecki Net Worth ($45 Million) and Biography.
Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988. She then attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she studied electrical engineering. After failing at pre-calculus, she was transferred to Howard University where she studied drama.
Henson became involved in an abusive relationship while she was still a student at Howard. The relationship led to her pregnancy which bore her only son Marcell. Her husband William Lamar Johnson was murdered in 2003.
The Empire star is engaged to former Super Bowl NFL star Kelvin Hayden.
Taraji P. Henson Career Path
In 1996, Taraji and her son(Marcel) moved to Los Angeles, hoping she could pursue a career in acting. She only had $700 in her bank account at the time. After two years of auditioning and working at the same time, She landed her first professional acting gig, a recurring role on the television show “Smart Guy”. The role led to a part on the sitcom Sister, Sister, starring teen twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. Early in her career, Henson also made appearances on TV’s Homicide: Life on the Streets and the popular medical drama ER.
In 2001, She got her big break after starring in a comedy drama film “Baby Boy. Henson strong performance led to another major role, as Shug in the 2004 movie Hustle and Flow. In addition to acting in Hustle and Flow, Henson sang “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” on the film’s soundtrack. The track won a 2004 Academy Award for Best Song, with Henson performing at the telecast.
Taraji has played many Television and films. Some of the famous TV Shows she played are; Boston Legal(2007-2008), Person of Interest(2011-2015) Empire (2015-present), The Simpsons (2017) and many more. See Also: Jim Parsons Net ($70 Million) and Biography.
And also some of the films she played are; The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), Satan’s School for Girls (2000), Hustle & Flow (2004), Something New (2006), Talk to me(2007), The Karate Kid (2010), Think Like a Man(2012), Hidden Figures(2016), Proud Mary(2016), Acrimony(2018) and many more.
Taraji P. Henson Net Worth
Due to her hard work and consistency Taraji P. Henson Net worth currently stands at $16 million.