TARAJI P. HENSON (MARY) Henson starred in the Academy Award
Feature Hidden Figures based on the life of Katherine Johnson at NASA. The cast
Best Ensemble at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Taraji received the 2016
for Best Actress in Drama Series, Critic's Choice Award and two Emmy nominations
for her star
turn as Cookie Lyon in the groundbreaking and award winning hit series Empire.
an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in
Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Taraji released her NY Times Best
Around The Way Girl published by Simon and Schuster October 2016. She stars in
features Acrimony/Lionsgate, Proud Mary/Sony and the independent film Best of
Enemies set for
release in 2018.
Taraji has received seven NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress and
Entertainer of the Year. She also received five BET Awards for her work in film
Henson starred, and was Executive Producer, opposite Idris Elba in the Sony
Good Deed which opened number one at the box office. Henson starred in the Sony
Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too and From the Rough, the true story of TSU
In Larry Crowne she co-starred with star and director Tom Hanks. She starred
hugely successful Karate Kid opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and in Date
Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By
received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also starred in Peep
Rain Wilson's love interest; The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom and Once Fallen
Taraji is an Emmy nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for
Taken From Me. She received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features' Talk to
Don Cheadle and co-starred in the ensemble action drama Smokin' Aces with Ben
Alicia Keys. Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film
by the Black
Movie Awards and received the BET Best Actress nod for her performance as Shug
in the gutsy
drama Hustle & Flow, also starring Terrence Howard. She starred in Sony's Not
opposite Morris Chestnut, opposite Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, and
Kathy Bates in
Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.
Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow and performed the Academy
song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," on the Oscar telecast. She reunited for
time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg. Henson
Simon Baker in Something New. Henson is well remembered for her role as Yvette
Tyrese in Baby Boy.
Taraji starred as Detective Joss Carter in the J.J. Abrams crime drama Person
for CBS and she was a series regular on David E. Kelly's Boston Legal and
recurred on ABC's
Eli Stone. Henson starred in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Bernard
Weinraub's new play
Above the Fold, and in NY Public Radio's production of Joe Turner's Come and
by Phylicia Rashad, as part of August Wilson's American Century Cycle.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides
Angeles. Henson has a strong dedication to helping disabled and less fortunate
reveals, "I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves-the greatest
recipe for success is
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