Taraji P. Henson Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth

This article will answer every question you have about Taraji P. Henson. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about her.

  1. What does Henson do for a living?
  2. Who are Henson’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Henson’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Henson married or does she have a girlfriend/ boyfriend?
  5. Does Henson have any children?
  6. Where is Henson now?
  7. How tall is Henson?
  8. How much money does Henson earn?
  9. What is Henson’s net worth?

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Who is Taraji P. Henson?

Taraji Penda Henson abbreviated as Taraji P. Henson is an American famous actress and singer. She began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). In 2005, she played a prostitute in Hustle & Flow for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Oustanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. Also, she played a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received an Academy Award, SAG Award, and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010, she appeared in the action comedy Date Night and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.


Moreover, he has had an extensive and successful career in television, including series such as; The Division, Boston Legal, and Eli Stone. In 2011, she starred in the Lifetime Television film, Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. This brought her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred in the CBS drama Person of Interest as Detective Jocelyn Carter, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. In 2012, she starred in the ensemble films, Think Like a Man and its 2014 sequel. Next, she starred in the Fox drama series Empire, in 2014 as Cookie Lyon.

Because of her exemplary performance, she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She won a Golden Globe Award whereas, in 2015 and 2016, she was nominated for Emmy Awards.
Time, then named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. That year also, she released a New York Times best-selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl. Because of her role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, that year also, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

How Old Is Taraji P. Henson?

She is 52 years old as of September 2022, having been born on September 11, 1970, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Henson shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Jc Caylen, Vivi-Anne Stein, BigNik, Tyler Hoechlin, Ludacris, and many more.

Taraji P. Henson Family

Who are Taraji P. Henson’s Parents?

She was born to Boris Johnson (Father) a janitor and metal fabricator. And Bernice Gordon (Mother) a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop.

A Photo of Taraji P. Henson
A Photo of Taraji P. Henson

Does Taraji P. Henson have Siblings?

She has three younger siblings. A sister by the name of April “MzCockee” Henson and a brother by the name Shawn Henson.

Taraji P. Henson Education

She received her high school education at Oxon Hill High School where she graduated in 1988. After high school, she attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she intended to study electrical engineering. But she transferred to Howard University to study drama.

Taraji P. Henson Marital Status

According to news on the internet, it shows that she is currently single. However, she has been in several relationships and has been previously engaged to Kelvin Hayden.

Taraji P. Henson Kids

She has a kid, a son by the name of Marcell Johnson (born on May 10, 1994).

Taraji P. Henson Film Career

A Career from 2001 to 2014

In the early 1990s, she received her SAG membership card for doing three roles as a background performer. Her first major role was in the 2001 comedy-drama film Baby Boy, where she played Yvette alongside singer Tyrese Gibson. Next, she was in the independent film, Hustle & Flow as Shug in 2005. In the film, she portrayed the male lead DJay. And also made her singing debut in the film which was nominated for two Academy Awards and won one. In 2008, she appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt.

There, she played Queenie, Benjamin’s mother, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2008 also, she acted in two Tyler Perry films, The Family That Preys and I Can Do Bad All By Myself in 2009. The next year, she appeared with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in the remake of The Karate Kid. In 2011, she starred in the Lifetime Movie Network film, Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story as Tiffany Rubin. The film is based on true events in the life of a New York woman whose son, Kobe, was abducted by his biological father to South Korea.

Because of her portrayal of Rubin, she received positive reviews and earned her several award nominations including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 2012, she was in the large ensemble cast film, Think Like A Man. And the film is based on Steve Harvey’s 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. In June 2014, she reprised the role in the film’s sequel, Think Like a Man Too.

A Career from 2015 to Present

In 2016, she starred in the film, Hidden Figures, a major box-office success nominated for numerous awards. This included three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer) and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress for Spencer and Best Original Score). Furthermore, it won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Next, she starred in Sony Screen Gem’s thriller-drama film Proud Mary in January 2018. There, she played a hit woman whose life is turned around when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had. That same year in March, she starred as a faithful wife, in the film Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. Also in November that year, she voiced the character Yesss in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, a sequel to the studio’s Wreck-It Ralph. In February 2019, she starred as a female sports agent in What Men Want (based on the 2000 Mel Gibson romantic comedy, What Women Want). And also starred in the historical drama, The Best of Enemies in April 2019, portraying civil rights activist Ann Atwater.

A Television Career

In addition to her film work, she has guest-starred on several television shows. These include; The WB’s Smart Gut, the Fox series House in 2005, and CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2006. Moreover, she starred in an episode of Sister, Sister. Also, she has been a cast member on several television shows, including Lifetime’s The Division and ABC’s Boston Legal for one season. Next, she was cast in the CBS crime-suspense series Person of Interest in 2011. Several months after her last Person of Interest episode, in February 2014, she was hired by Fox to star in Empire.

There, she plays Cookie Lyon opposite former Hustle & Flow costar Terrence Howard. The role earned Henson wide recognition and critical acclaim. Also, in July 2015, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for Empire in January 2016. This made her become only the third African-American actress to take home the award after Gail Fisher (1972) and Regina Taylor (1992). Because of her roles in Empire and No Good Deed, she was named the 2015 Entertainer of the Year at the 46th NAACP Image Awards. It was reported in July 2020, that a spin-off Empire series focusing on Henson’s character Cookie Lyon was in development. The next year on December 2, she played the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie Live! on NBC.

A Career in Other Work

In addition to her film and television work, she made her singing debut in the film, Hustle & Flow where she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp”. In 2006, the song went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song giving Three 6 Mafia the distinction of becoming the first African-American hip hop act to win in that category. On March 5, 2006, Henson and the group performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony.

Moreover, she has made several appearances in music videos and on television. In 2005, she starred in the rapper Common’s music video “Testify” as the wife of a soon-to-be-convicted murderer and appeared in Tyrese Gibson’s music video “Stay” as his love interest. On March 16, 2015, she was a guest co-host on Live! with Kelly and Michael filling in for Kelly Ripa. In late August 2016, she collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to create the Taraji P. Henson makeup collection. The following month, the #MACTaraji collection debuted. On April 1, 2022, she was named by President Joe Biden to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Taraji P. Henson Height and Measurements

Adding up to her well-curved and beautiful body, she stands at a height of 5ft 4inches (1.63m) and a weight of 65kg (143lbs).

Taraji P. Henson’s Salary and Net Worth

For Empire, she has a salary of around $175,000 and a net worth of $25 million.