Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson



Taraji Penda Henson[1][2] (/təˈrɑːi/ tə-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress, singer and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest-roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005) and a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008); for the latter, she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress; for the former, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. In 2010, she appeared in the action comedy Date Night and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.

Henson has also had an extensive and successful career in television in series such as The Division, Boston Legal and Eli Stone. In 2011, Henson starred in the Lifetime Television film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, which earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.[3] From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS drama Person of Interest, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Henson went on to star in the ensemble film Think Like a Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel. In 2015, she began starring as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama series Empire, for which she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She also won a Golden Globe Award, and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. That year, Henson also released a New York Times best selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl.[4] Also that year, she received praise for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[5]


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by David Fincher.
Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.
Date Night
Date Night is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, written by Josh Klausner and starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a couple who get caught up in a case of mistaken identity while on a date.It was released in the United States on April 9, 2010, and grossed $152 million against its $55 million budget.
Think Like a Man Too
Think Like a Man Too is a 2014 romantic comedy film directed by Tim Story and the sequel to Story's 2012 film Think Like a Man based on Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

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John Fogerty Rips Taraji P. Henson Film ‘Proud Mary’ for Using His Song Title
  –  January 17, 2018
*Singer-songwriter John Fogerty isn’t happy with the use of his song “Proud Mary” as the title of Taraji P. Henson’s new movie, saying its premise about a hit woman goes against the nature of the song. Fogerty posted a message online Thursday ...
Taraji P. Henson sees messages of empowerment in ‘Proud Mary’
  –  January 16, 2018
In the action-thriller “Proud Mary,” now in theaters, Taraji P. Henson plays a hit woman with a heart. Decked out in leather and toting enough heavy artillery to make John Wick blush, the 47-year-old “Empire” star’s character was conceived as ...
Taraji P. Henson and John Singleton Team Up For An Emmett Till Movie
  –  January 16, 2018
All it takes is a cursory glance at the news to know America still has a long way to go in our ongoing reckoning with our country’s racial history. But one way to help heal the wounds of the past is to provide people with knowledge and perspective ...
Taraji P Henson to Star and Produce a Biopic about Emmet Till, Directed by John Singleton
  –  January 16, 2018
Tom has written several articles pertaining to TV and films throughout the course of his career. At this time he is a published author and an aspiring screenwriter and has featured several short film ideas on his own site. His full-length novels include ...
Yes, Taraji P. Henson — and Cinematographer — Are Better Than an Iffy Proud Mary
  –  January 15, 2018
In this review, I’m going to mimic Proud Mary’s structure by giving you no setup and speeding right into what I think are the good parts — like the mind-blowingly good cinematography. I have no idea how the studio convinced Dan Laustsen to DP this ...
“Proud Mary” Review: Taraji P. Henson Is a Hot-as-Hell Ass-Kicker in a Lukewarm Film
  –  January 15, 2018
In the opening montage of Proud Mary, Taraji P. Henson’s Mary is getting ready to kill a man. After working out, doing her makeup, donning a bobbed blonde wig, and suiting up, she pulls on a pair of leather driving gloves, the sound editor making sure we ...
‘Proud Mary’ Makes Less Sense as a Movie Than as a Taraji P. Henson Role
  –  January 14, 2018
Taraji P. Henson, the 47-year-old star of Hustle & Flow, Fox’s Empire, the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, and, as of this week, the crime drama Proud Mary, has given us too much scene-skewering delight—too many chances to gasp at her characters ...
Taraji P. Henson’s Fans Ask ‘Where Was the Promotional Support for Her Film ‘Proud Mary”?
  –  January 14, 2018
If you weren’t aware that Taraji P. Henson’s new movie “Proud Mary” came out this weekend it wouldn’t be your fault or mean that you’re out of the loop. More than likely, you didn’t know about the release because it was under-promoted, at ...
Doubters fueled Taraji P. Henson’s acting ambitions
  –  January 14, 2018
Actress Taraji P. Henson, known for her role as Cookie Lyon in the hit Fox show “Empire,” did not have the smoothest path to success in Hollywood, but it was the whispers of doubters and the encouragement of her father that fueled her drive. In this ...
Taraji P. Henson: 'I've been fighting all my career' to make my acting 'undeniable'
  –  January 14, 2018
Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson tells Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist that she doesn’t want people to judge her acting capabilities based on who she is as a person. The “Proud Mary” star shares that she missed out on roles because ...
Sabotage? Social Media Startled By Taraji P. Henson Movie Allegation
  –  January 14, 2018
Henson’s fans were unable to conceal their distress once they realised that little was being done to push and promote ‘Mary’ to the masses despite the positive response it garnered when its trailer dropped months ago. …so no, not surprised that ...
Taraji P. Henson Reveals "Proud Mary" Training Program
  –  January 13, 2018
Believe it or not, the "Proud Mary" actress reveals she didn't actually have to train too hard for the physically demanding role--find out why! Thank you for subscribing.
Why Taraji P. Henson Decided To Tell The World She Was In Love
  –  January 13, 2018
Actress Taraji P. Henson has always been mum about her romantic life throughout her career. But just as the star is prepped to take on the role of ‘Proud Mary’ in her upcoming action flick, the single mama is gushing about her new beau. During her ...
Taraji P. Henson’s Proud Mary is a great leading woman in search of a good movie
  –  January 13, 2018
Skilled in both caustic comebacks and moist-eyed expressions of overwhelming inner conflict, Taraji P. Henson is a dynamic actress. She gamely takes up the mantle of pioneering blaxploitation star Pam Grier in Proud Mary, playing a hitwoman trying to ...
How Taraji P. Henson Transformed Into a Contract Killer in Proud Mary
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson has played a wide range of strong characters on screen--from the fierce, quick-witted, and oft foul-mouthed Cookie Lyon on the hit television show Empire to the groundbreaking mathematician Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures. But she's ...
Taraji P. Henson Hopes 'Proud Mary' Will Put More Black Leading Ladies In Action Films
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson is a 47-year-old black woman starring in an action film. Before Friday, you were more likely to glimpse a unicorn than a black leading lady kicking ass and taking names on screen. But with the release of Babak Najafi’s “Proud Mary ...
‘Proud Mary’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Deserves Better than this Glorified Direct-to-Video Garbage
  –  January 12, 2018
A dreary mess of missed opportunities, “Proud Mary” isn’t quite as bad as some of the other glorified direct-to-video dreck that’s slipped onto screens in recent months (shout out to the likes of “Marauders” and “Collide”), but it’s ...
Taraji P. Henson to Star In & Produce Emmett Till Biopic
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson is gearing up for her new movie role! The 47-year-old Proud Mary star is attached to star in and produce the upcoming period pic based on Emmett Till, the 14-yer-old black teenager from Chicago who was abducted and brutally killed by two ...
Taraji P. Henson discusses the redeeming qualities of her "Proud Mary" character
  –  January 12, 2018
(NEW YORK) -- Starting today, Taraji P. Henson will be kicking it into high gear as Mary, a hit-woman with a heart, in the action flick Proud Mary. Henson plays an assassin who works for an organized crime family in Boston. However, life takes an ...
Local teen actor stars in 'Proud Mary' alongside Taraji P. Henson, talks new movie!
  –  January 12, 2018
Jahi Winston is only 14 years old but he's taking Hollywood by storm! He's now the star in Screen Gem's 'Proud Mary' hitting theaters on Friday! The native ATLien says when he found out the movie also starred Taraji P. Henson, he knew he had to give the ...
How to master Taraji P. Henson's 'Proud Mary' red lipstick look
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson portrays a professional hit woman in her new film, Proud Mary, and she’s sporting some badass looks. Our favorite: a blunt blond bob with bangs and matte red lipstick. Revenge never looked so good! Excited to copy Henson’s killer red ...
Taraji P. Henson Set To Produce, Star In Film Based On Emmett Till
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson has been steadily rising as an actress since the 1990s, and her star turn as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s hit show Empire helped to seal her place as a leading lady on the small and big screen. The glamorous DMV native is set to star in a new ...
“Proud Mary” Songwriter John Fogerty Slanders Taraji P. Henson Movie For Using Song Title
  –  January 12, 2018
“This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it.” The rock ‘n roll singer-songwriter, who wrote “Proud Mary” and of which the movie takes its name, penned a ...
Exclusive: Taraji P. Henson On Her Love Of Tina Turner & The Right Way To Drink Hennessy
  –  January 12, 2018
At 5’5” Taraji P. Henson is a short fuse to an explosive personality. The Golden Globes award winner is almost swallowed up by her chair as she waits to speak with press about her new movie, Proud Mary. There is a noticeable chill in the studio but ...
Taraji P. Henson says when it comes to #MeToo, Black women don’t bite their tongues
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson says that when it comes to speaking up about injustice, Black women know how to lead. While the #MeToo movement gains momentum (its origins coming from Black activist Tarana Burke) and has evolved into the #TimesUp campaign on display at ...
John Fogerty Slams Taraji P. Henson Film ‘Proud Mary’ For Using His Song Title Without His Knowledge
  –  January 12, 2018
John Fogerty has taken to social media to slam the film “Proud Mary” for using the title of his hit 1969 song without his consent. The 72-year-old shared a statement via his Facebook page Thursday in reference to the movie, which stars Taraji P.
Taraji P. Henson set for Emmett Till biopic
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson has signed on to produce and star in an Emmett Till biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Henson, who starred in Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures in 2016, will play Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in the movie based on the teenager ...
Taraji P. Henson to Produce and Star in Emmett Till Film
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson has signed on to produce and star in a new film about murdered 1950s hate crime victim Emmett Till. Following her son’s murder, Till-Mobley become a civil rights leader and teacher. She passed away in 2003. In 2015, Goldberg and her ...
Taraji P. Henson's couple workouts
  –  January 12, 2018
Taraji P. Henson's boyfriend Kelvin Hayden tries to persuade her to workout with him. The 'Empire' actress recently confirmed she is in a relationship with the 34-year-old ex-NFL player, and now she has revealed he is keen for them to exercise together as ...
‘Proud Mary’ Film Review: Taraji P. Henson Shoulda Kept Her Good Job in the City
  –  January 12, 2018
The action-drama “Proud Mary” exists mostly for its climactic fight sequence, in which Taraji P. Henson’s avenging assassin shoots a bunch of bad guys and occasionally crushes them with her Maserati while a sped-up Tina Turner wails, “We’re ...


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