Taraji P. Henson

Actor, Writer, and Producer

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Actor, writer, and producer Taraji P. Henson rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed film Hustle & Flow. Following up her Best Actress Award from BET for that film, she received an Academy Award nomination for her unforgettable portrayal of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures. Other notable movie performances include roles in Think Like A ManTalk to MeHurricane Season, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In 2018, she starred in the thriller Proud Mary and lent her voice to the character Yesss in the animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet.For her ongoing work in a television series, Henson received a Golden Globe Award for best actress for her performance as the iconic Cookie Lyon in the hit drama Empire. Amid all this professional success, she has also published an inspiring and candid memoir, Around The Way Girl, describing the challenges of making it in Hollywood and the importance of living your own truth.