Taraji P. Henson

Taraji Penda Henson

Taraji Penda Henson(born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette inBaby Boy(2001), Shug inHustle and Flow(2005) and Queenie inThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button(2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry'sI Can Do Bad All By Myselfas April, an alcoholic singer. She currently co-stars in the CBS seriesPerson of Interest.

 Recent news about Taraji P. Henson

 Taraji P. Henson's Early life

Henson was born in Southeast Washington, D.C. , the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop , and Boris Henson, a janitor and fabricator.She is a relative of Matthew Henson ,discoverer of the Geographic North Pole .Her first and middle name are of Swahili origin,tarajimeaning hope.

Henson spent summers at her grandparents' house in suburban Southern Maryland. She attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland . She first attended NC A&T , where she started a major in Electrical Engineering. She later transferred to Howard University .She worked two jobs—in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon and in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship—The Spirit of Washington—to pay for Howard University.[citation needed]She won the Triple Threat Award and graduated with a degree in Theater Arts.[citation needed]

Read more

 Taraji P. Henson's Career

Henson in the 2011 Heart Truth fashion show

Henson has appeared in the filmsFour Brothers(2005),Talk To Me(2007),Smokin' Aces(2007),The Family That Preys(2008), andHurricane Season(2009).In late 2008, she starred opposite Brad Pitt inThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button .Henson plays the role of Queenie, Benjamin's mother, in a performance which has garnered critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress .She noted in an interview that, "Queenie is the embodiment of unconditional love."

Henson has also been a cast member on several television shows, including Lifetime Television'sThe Divisionand ABC'sBoston Legalfor one season. Her recurring appearances in television include the character Angela Scott on ABC'sEli Stonein December 2008. She has guest-starred on several television shows, such as the WB Television Network 'sSmart Guy, playing the role of Monique (1997–1998); the Fox seriesHousein 2005; and CBS 'sCSI: Crime Scene Investigationin 2006. She also starred on an episode ofSister, Sister.In 2011, Henson was cast in the CBS crime-suspense seriesPerson of Interest.

Henson made her singing debut inHustle & Flow; she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track " It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp ". The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006, giving Three 6 Mafia the distinction of becoming the first African-American hip-hop act to win in that category.[citation needed]Henson performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony on March 5, 2006 with the group.Additionally, she performed the song "In My Daughter's Eyes" on the 2006 charity albumUnexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars.

Henson has made several appearances in music videos. For example, she starred in the rapper Common 's music video called " Testify " in 2005 as the wife of a soon to be convicted murderer.

Henson joined PETA in its campaign against the use of animal products in clothing, stating, "I don't think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period. End of story... You don't have to kill an animal just because you want to be hot and fly. And I really stand by that".In January 2011, she appeared nude in an ad for theI Rather Be Naked Than Wear Furcampaign.

Read more

 Taraji P. Henson's Personal life

Henson's son Marcel was born in 1995. Her son's father was murdered when her son was 9 years old. He was her high school sweetheart.

Read more

 Taraji P. Henson's Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Left-Wing Student
2001 Baby Boy Yvette Nominated —Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2004 Hair Show Tiffany
2005 Hustle & Flow Shug BET Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Black Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated —NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated —MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated —MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss(Shared withTerrence Howard)
Nominated —Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated —Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Four Brothers Camille Mercer Nominated —Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2005 Animal Ramona
2006 Something New Nedra
2007 Smokin' Aces Sharice Watters
2007 Talk to Me Vernell Watson Nominated —NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated —Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2008 The Family That Preys Pam
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie Austin Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
BET Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
Nominated —Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated —St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated —Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Not Easily Broken Clarice Clark-Johnson
2009 Hurricane Season Dayna Collins
2009 I Can Do Bad All By Myself April Nominated —Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated —Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2010 Date Night Detective Arroyo
2010 The Karate Kid Sherry Parker
2010 Peep World Mary
2010 Once Fallen Pearl
2010 The Good Doctor Nurse Theresa
2011 Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Tiffany Rubin Nominated -Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2011 Larry Crowne B'Ella
2011 From the Rough Catana Starks
2012 Think Like a Man Lauren


Television
YearTitleRole(s)Notes
1997 Sister, Sister Briana episode: "Two's Company"
1997-1998 Smart Guy Monique, Leslie episodes: "Big Picture", "Boomerang", and "Break Up Not to Make Up"
2004 All of Us Kim episode: "In Through the Out Door"
2005 House Moira episode: "Spin"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Christina episode: "I Like to Watch"
2007-2008 Boston Legal Whitney Rome 17 episodes
2011–present Person of Interest Detective Carter

Read more

 Taraji P. Henson's References

  1. Wiltz, Teresa (July 21), "Drama Queen: Taraji Henson Moved to Hollywood And Smacked It Right Upside the Head", Washington Post: C01, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/20/AR2005072002355.html 
  2. Veteran Actors, First Time Nominees
  3. NAACP nominates actress with local ties
  4. (not a direct descendant; Henson and his wife had no children and Henson's only child was born to an Intuit woman during his time in the Arctic)
  5. Daniels, Karu F. "Taraji P. Henson Prepares For Her Oscar Close Up", AOL Black Voices, BV Entertainment Newswire, 2007-10-27
  6. Interview with Tavis Smiley, 2008 Dec 19
  7. Wiltz, Drama Queen
  8. Williams, Kam (2008-12-14). "Taraji P. Henson: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Interview". KamWilliams.com. http://www.kamwilliams.com/2008/12/taraji-p-henson-curious-case-of.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  9. MacDonald, Gayle (January 23), "Benjamin Button Leads Race for What Pitt Calls -- Our Highest Honour", Globe & Mail (Toronto Can.): R13 
  10. Taraji P. Henson Profile at IMDb
  11. "Three 6 Mafia Oscar Performance". youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtIOHw80dFg. Retrieved 2/19/2012. 
  12. "Taraji P. Henson gets naked in the name of PETA". Style Magazine. youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItKeKQZMcFg. Retrieved 2/19/2012. 
  13. "Taraji P Henson Goes Nude Again, This Time For PETA" January, 27 2011, Mrs Grapevine
  14. Weiss, Shari (January 28, 2011). " Share on emailShare on printShare on redditMore Sharing ServicesTaraji P. Henson poses nude for PETA's 'I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur' ad campaign". Daily News.
  15. Taraji P. Hensen Biography. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  16. Once Fallen at the Internet Movie Database
  17. The Good Doctor at the Internet Movie Database
  18. Morales, Wilson (Jan 4th 2011). "First Look at Taraji P. Henson's Lifetime Movie 'Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story". Black Voices. http://www.bvnewswire.com/2011/01/04/taraji-p-henson-lifetime-taken-from-me-tiffany-rubin. 
  19. Larry Crowne at the Internet Movie Database
  20. Think Like a Man (2012) at IMDb

Read more

Comments

We welcome your comments, but please be civil, DO NOT SPAM ON TOPIC. Comments deemed inappropriate will be removed and repeat will banned. Commention is a provilege that will be revoked for violations od our Comment Policy .

Comments from our old comments platform are still in the process of moving over. If you notice any comments missing they will likely re-appear soon. Thnk you for your patience.