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Also Known As: Taraji Henson, Taraji Penda Henson Died:
Born: September 11, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United States Profession: actress

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Actress Taraji P. Henson began to catch the attention of film audiences with supporting roles in John Singleton's "Baby Boy" (2001) and "Four Brothers" (2005), but her breakout performance opposite Terrence Howard in the acclaimed urban drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005) really set the critical buzz in motion. A virtual unknown when she was flooded with award nominations for her performance and her singing on the film's soundtrack single "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," Henson's image as a feisty, independent woman led to steady series television work and another round of accolades for the acclaimed period biopic "Talk to Me" (2007). When Henson found herself sharing the screen with Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) the following year, it was clear that her long-held dream of being a respected A-list actress was quickly becoming reality.

Actress Taraji P. Henson began to catch the attention of film audiences with supporting roles in John Singleton's "Baby Boy" (2001) and "Four Brothers" (2005), but her breakout performance opposite Terrence Howard in the acclaimed urban drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005) really set the critical buzz in motion. A virtual unknown when she was flooded with award nominations for her performance and her singing on the film's soundtrack single "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," Henson's image as a feisty, independent woman led to steady series television work and another round of accolades for the acclaimed period biopic "Talk to Me" (2007). When Henson found herself sharing the screen with Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) the following year, it was clear that her long-held dream of being a respected A-list actress was quickly becoming reality.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Seasons of Love (2014)
3.
 Think Like a Man (2012)
4.
 Larry Crowne (2011)
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 Good Doctor, The (2011)
7.
 Peep World (2011)
8.
 Date Night (2010)
9.
 Karate Kid, The (2010)
10.
 Hurricane Season (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Auditioned for the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, but was not accepted
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Worked as a secretary and a singing and dancing waitress to pay for college
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA after graduating from Howard University
1997:
Made her debut TV appearance on an episode of The WB sitcom "Smart Guy"
1998:
Made film debut in "Streetwise"
2000:
Had a small role as a student in the comedy "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"
2001:
Earned positive reviews for her role as the strong-willed girlfriend of Tyrese Gibson's character in John Singleton's "Baby Boy"
2003:
Joined the cast of the Lifetime series "The Division" as Inspector Raina Washington
2005:
Played Shug, the pregnant prostitute and live-in girlfriend of Terrence Howard in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow"; also made her singing debut, providing the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
2006:
With Three 6 Mafia, performed the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony
2006:
Joined the cast of the ensemble crime thriller "Smokin' Aces"
2007:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Boston Legal" for one season
2007:
Cast as Petey Greene's (played by Don Cheadle) assertive girlfriend Vernell in "Talk to Me," about the 1960s influential ex-con turned DJ
2008:
Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys"
2008:
Cast in the role of Queenie, Benjamin's (Brad Pitt) mother in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
2009:
Starred in "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself," written and directed by her film co-star Perry
2010:
Co-starred with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy "Date Night"
2010:
Co-starred with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in "The Karate Kid"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2011:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne"
2011:
Played a former Iraqi soldier turned NYPD homicide detective on the CBS mystery drama "Person of Interest"
2012:
Cast in the ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man"
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Education

Oxon Hill High School: Oxon Hill , Maryland -
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University: Greensboro , North Carolina -
Howard University: Washington , Washington D.C. -

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