Who is Taraji P. Henson and what is her net worth 2018? Taraji Henson is an American actress, singer, and author who pursued her theatre degree at Howard University and started her illustrious Hollywood career in guest roles in several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She has also had an extensive career in several television series, such as, Empire and Boston Legal. In 2016, Time, named Taraji Henson as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the Time 100 list.
Born on September 11, 1970 in Southeast Washington D.C., Taraji Penda Henson, is the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward and Lothrop and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator. Taraji’s first and middle names are Swahili. Taraji means, “hope,” and Penda means, “love.” Henson graduated from Oxon High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988. She studied electrical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, after graduating high school.
Henson paid for college by working as a secretary in the morning at The Pentagon and as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship, in the evening. She soon transferred to Howard University to study drama, in which she earned a Triple Threat Scholarship, because of her singing, acting, and dancing skills. She graduated from Howard University in 1995, with a degree in theatre.
Taraji Henson’s acting career began in 1996 after moving to Los Angeles with her son. After two years of auditioning and working in an office, Henson received her first acting role in Smart Guy. The role soon led to other roles such as Sister Sister and ER. Her first film role came in 2001 in the movie Baby Boy. Henson’s performance in Baby Boy, led to her next role in Hustle and Flow, where she played, Shug, a prostitute and the love interest of Terrence Howard.
She furthered her career by playing in other roles, such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Family That Preys (2008). Henson starred in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009). More recently, Henson has had roles in the movies, Think Like a Man (2012) and No Good Deed (2014), which debuted no. 1 at the box office. Taraji Henson has also had television roles in shows such as Person of Interest (2011 – 2013).
In 2010, Taraji Henson also starred in the remake of Karate Kid along with Jaden Smith, who plays a young boy who tries to adjust to his new home in China. Taraji Henson also had role in the 2011 T. V. movie, Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, a true life movie based around a New York woman, whose son was abducted by his biological father.
Taraji Henson gave birth to her son, Marcell in 1994. She became pregnant with her son by her high school sweetheart, William Lamar Johnson, who was murdered in 2003. After becoming pregnant, Henson continued to study at Howard University, graduating in 1995. Her degree, took her to Los Angeles, where her career flourished.
Taraji Henson has won 28 awards and has had 64 award nominations. Her role in Baby Boy, earned her a special mention at the Locarno International Film Festival. She also won a Best Supporting Actress Award at the Austin Critic Film Awards, for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Taraji Henson has recently won a BET Award for her roles in Empire and Hidden Figures.
She earned a NAACP award the role she played in Person of Interest. Henson recently won the Satellite Award for Best Ensemble in Hidden Figures, a movie about the first African American women to help NASA take man to the moon. Taraji Henson’s role in Hidden Figures has also helped her win several other awards, such as the Screen Actors Guild Award and the MTV Movie Award.
She was also recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in Empire, a show based around a family who is trying to dominate the music industry with their music label. She was also nominated for an award for her role in Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In 2015, Henson received an Entertainer of the Year award at the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards for her roles in Empire and No Good Deed. Along with her Primetime Emmy win for Empire, Henson also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for the show as well.
Net Worth of Taraji P. Henson
Achieving being a well known actress, Taraji Henson has made herself known by taking on diverse roles in the last twenty years. Her background in entertainment has helped her achieve being a top performing actress. Taraji P. Henson’s net worth is $17 million. She owes her success to her acting roles in television and film. Henson can also pay appreciation of her success to her memoir, which was written about her life in 2016 and titled “Around the Way Girl: A Memoir.
Henson has also noted in recent interviews that her success is because of the respect that carries for people that she comes across in her day to day life. She has also said that applying the attitude of never failing to life is an important way to succeed, which has helped her succeed in her career.
Taraji Henson has not only taken steps in her acting career to be a success, but also in her singing. In the movie Hustle and Flow she provided vocals for the Three 6 Mafia soundtrack “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” The song won an Academy Award for best original song in 2006. She also performed on a charity album,Unexpected Dream-Songs From the Stars singing a song called, “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” in 2006.
Henson has also made appearances in several music videos for artists such as Common and Tyrese Gibson. She continued an acting role in rapper, Common’s, music video,Testify, as the wife a convicted murderer, in 2005. In 2015, she was a guest co-host on Live! With Kelly and Michael. Henson has also collaborated with MAC cosmetics to launch the Taraji P. Henson makeup collection, in which she became a spokesperson for their Viva Glam Campaign.
She will also be continuing her path of success in her upcoming movie project Proud Mary, a film about a hit woman who works s for an organised crime family. She will also be pairing up with, director, Tyler Perry for the new film, She’s Living My Life, a movie about a woman who is tired of standing by her devious husband. Taraji Henson continues to be a role model for up and becoming actresses who are trying to pave their way into Hollywood.
From being an actress to being the face of her own line of makeup, Taraji P. Henson, is a thriving example of true success. She has grown to be known as the diverse actress who stays open minded to entertainment roles from different backgrounds.