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Taraji P. Henson
Taraji Penda Henson
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Taraji P. Henson Fast Facts:
Originally pursued an electrical engineering degree at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, but switched to acting---and to Howard University---after failing pre-calculus.
Worked her way through Howard as a Pentagon receptionist by day and a singing/dancing waitress on a dinner cruise at night.
Began landing TV work in the late 1990s, first with small parts on
, and later with recurring roles on
Breakout role came with hip-hop drama
Hustle & Flow
(2005), in which she played the prostitute Shug and performed the Oscar-winning song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."
role brought Henson to the attention of the casting director for David Fincher's
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
(2008), in which Henson gave an acclaimed performance as the title character's adopted mother, Queenie.
Taraji P. Henson Relationships:
William Lamar Johnson - Ex-significant Other
Bernice Gordon - Mother
Marcell - Son
Boris Henson - Father
Taraji P. Henson Awards:
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2008 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2011 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
Attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC; Howard University, Washington, DC (BA in Fine Arts, 1995)
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