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. That year, she 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 black 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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Taraji P. Henson Commented On Her Ryan Seacrest “Shade” At The 2018 Oscars & Made It Clear Where She Stands
  –  March 5, 2018
Although many took her Oscar night comments to mean just the opposite, Taraji P. Henson says she supports Ryan Seacrest. Many viewers thought she was throwing some subtle shade Seacrest's way when she told him on Sunday's red carpet, "The universe has a ...
Everyone Thought Taraji P. Henson Was Shading Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars, but Turns Out She’s Supporting Him
  –  March 5, 2018
Some people thought it was obvious that she supported him from the beginning, but even I’ll admit that I thought it was shade. I didn’t really feel like Taraji Henson was throwing shade at Ryan Seacrest. I felt like it was the opposite.
Taraji P. Henson's 2018 Oscars Look Is Glam AF & Ridiculously Easy To Recreate
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson is known for serving up beauty looks that are bold, fierce, and elegant AF. If you've been drooling over Taraji P. Henson's Oscars 2018 look, here's the good news: it's ridiculously easy to recreate. Plus, all the products have an average ...
Oscars 2018: Taraji P. Henson Says She Was Not Trying to Curse Ryan Seacrest
  –  March 5, 2018
On Sunday night’s Oscars red carpet, Taraji P. Henson made a comment to Ryan Seacrest that had some viewers wondering if maybe, just maybe she put a hex on him, walked away, and went on with her night. “The universe has a way of taking care of the good ...
Taraji P. Henson explains that red carpet incident with Ryan Seacrest
  –  March 5, 2018
No, Taraji P. Henson did not give the “kiss of death” to E! host Ryan Seacrest at Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards. That denial, from the “Empire” star herself, went against speculation she might have “cursed” Seacrest when she met him on ...
The Internet Thinks Taraji P. Henson Just Shaded Ryan Seacrest on the Red Carpet
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4. Frazer Harrison—Getty Images By Eliza Berman Updated: March 4, 2018 10:29 PM ET | Originally published: March 5, 2018 Update: Henson told People later on ...
John Oliver, Taraji P. Henson, Javanka, Timothee Chalamet, Lana Del Rey, Christopher Steele: HOT LINKS
  –  March 5, 2018
NRA TV. John Oliver digs in to the NRA’s streaming lifestyle network. RIP. MASH actor David Ogden Stiers. “Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “MASH,” died Saturday. He was 75. His agent ...
No, Taraji P. Henson did not put a hex on Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars
  –  March 5, 2018
There were many stunning dresses and adorable couple embraces last night on the Oscars red carpet, but the first truly show-stopping moment came during a brief exchange between Ryan Seacrest and Taraji P. Henson. After Henson told Seacrest “You know what?
LET’S MAKEUP: Taraji P. Henson Has A Glow For Her Grecian Look
  –  March 5, 2018
Danielle James is the Fashion and Beauty Editor for Hello Beautiful. Her current fashion obsession is Chinese rice hats. When's she's not working, Danielle enjoys traveling, cooking Trinidadian food, Duke basketball and discovering the fun idiosyncrasies ...
Taraji P. Henson Responds To Ryan Seacrest “Chin” Drama
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson has denied claims that she “threw shade” at Ryan Seacrest after one of his former employees accused him of sexual harassment. Taraji has denied that she sought to “shade” Ryan. She had this to say in a statement hoping to shed ...
Taraji P. Henson Responds To Supposed Ryan Seacrest Shade, Says Comments Were 'Misconstrued'
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson says she was not throwing any subtle shade while speaking with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the 2018 Oscars. “The universe has a way of taking care of taking care of good people,” Taraji said during her interview, while touching ...
Taraji P. Henson says she didn't shade Ryan Seacrest
  –  March 5, 2018
It was the red-carpet interview that attracted the most notice at the Me Too Oscars Sunday night: Ryan Seacrest chatting with Taraji P. Henson. She stroked his chin and cooed, "The universe has a way of taking care of good people, you know what I mean?
People Think Taraji P. Henson Shaded Ryan Seacrest
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson isn't afraid to speak her mind - and tonight was no exception. It all started when Taraji met up with Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet. There's been a lot of talk about how stars would react to Seacrest tonight, following allegations ...
Taraji P. Henson Clarifies That She Didn't Shade Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars Red Carpet
  –  March 5, 2018
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google Plus Share on WhatsApp E! kept Seacrest as lead host of their red carpet proceedings, despite the host being dogged by sexual abuse accusations. Twitter didn't have very many kind words ...
Wait … Did Taraji P. Henson Just Shade Ryan Seacrest? Did He Play it Off? Did it Go Over His Head? [WATCH!]
  –  March 5, 2018
*Did Ryan Seacrest get shaded by Taraji P. Henson Sunday on the red carpet at the Oscars? That’s what the internet is claiming after the actress responded to his question about Best Supporting Actress nominee Mary J. Blige. “The universe has a way of ...
Did Taraji P. Henson Really Throw Shade At Ryan Seacrest At Oscars?
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson clarified that Ryan Seacrest actually has her support after a lot of Twitter users assumed that that she threw shade at him at Oscars on Sunday night, amid an allegation of sexual misconduct against the TV host. “The universe has a way ...
Oscars red carpet 2018: Taraji P. Henson makes subtle dig at Ryan Seacrest
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson made a subtle dig at Ryan Seacrest while she spoke with him on the Oscars red carpet. The Empire actress is attending the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in support of her friend Mary J. Blige who is nominated for two Oscars. E!
Twitter Thinks Taraji P. Henson Shaded Ryan Seacrest at Oscars; She Says Comments Were 'Misconstrued'
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson says that despite what social media might think, she “absolutely” supports Ryan Seacrest. Twitter immediately reacted to the actress’s red carpet interview with Seacrest at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, amid an allegation of ...
Ryan Seacrest seemingly slammed by Taraji P. Henson on the red carpet
  –  March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson appeared to throw more salt in Ryan Seacrest‘s wounds Sunday night. While chatting with E!’s embattled host about best supporting actress nominee Mary J. Blige, the “Hidden Figures” actress had a few choice words for Seacrest, 43 ...
Taraji P. Henson Was ‘Not Afraid’ to Take Her Oscars Dress Slit Even Higher (Exclusive)
  –  March 5, 2018
Copyright (c) 2016 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. Taraji P. Henson just took Angelina Jolie’s famous slit up a notch. The Empire star wowed in a stunning custom Vera Wang gown at the 2018 Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday, and while she definitely ...
Taraji P. Henson Can't Stop Gushing Over Pal Mary J. Blige's Two Oscar Nominations
  –  March 4, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel is set to take the stage as tonight's host for the second year in a row despite that last year's last-minute Best Picture snafu.
Did Taraji P. Henson Shade Ryan Seacrest on 2018 Oscars Red Carpet? The Internet Thinks So
  –  March 4, 2018
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Oscars 2018 Red Carpet Fashion: What the Stars Wore Taraji P. Henson arrives for the 90th Annual Academy ...
Taraji P. Henson Cuts Ties With Manager Vincent Cirrincione Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
  –  February 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson has severed ties with her manager, Vincent Cirrincione, following recent claims of sexual misconduct against him, Variety has learned. “I feel saddened, disappointed and ashamed,” Henson wrote in an Instagram post in response to the ...
‘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 ...
'Proud Mary' musician condemns use of song's name for Taraji P. Henson film
  –  January 11, 2018
“Proud Mary” singer and songwriter John Fogerty isn’t too proud that there’s a new movie using his popular song’s title. On Thursday, the musician spoke out on Twitter against Proud Mary, the film starring Taraji P. Henson as an assassin named Mary.
Taraji P. Henson hopes to change Hollywood narrative with ‘Proud Mary’
  –  January 8, 2018
You know her, love her, and maybe even fear her as Cookie on “Empire.” And now you’re definitely going to fear Taraji P. Henson in her new movie “Proud Mary.” She plays a hit woman who kicks butt and takes names in her new movie. Deco caught up ...
Taraji P. Henson reveals whether she was naughty or nice this year
  –  December 10, 2017
“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama, is bringing joy to the world again this Christmas. Her annual variety special, “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays,” will feature seasonal songs and skits with guests including ...


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