Taraji Henson

Taraji Penda Henson is a famous American actress who began her acting career in 1992. After studying acting at Howard University, she made several guest appearances in different television series. Her breakthrough came in 2001 after playing a major role in “Baby Boy. She has since then appeared in many other films and has received a lot of praises and awards.

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Biography and Early Life

Taraji Henson was born on 11 September 1970 in Washington D.C. She is the daughter of Boris Lawrence Henson and Bernice Gordon. Her father is a janitor and metal fabricator, while her mother is a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop. She was raised together with two other siblings Shawn and April. Her maternal grandmother greatly influenced her career and accompanied her to the Academy Awards when she was nominated for the first time. The first and middle names are of Swahili origin. Taraji means hope, while Penda is for love.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Taraji Henson in 2021 and what is her height and weight? Well, Taraji Henson’s age is 50 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 11 September 1970. Though, she is 5′ 5″ in feet and inches and 165 cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 132 lbs in Pound and 60 kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Dark brown and hair color is Black.


Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1988. She later joined North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to study electrical engineering. Shortly after, she transferred to Howard University. She supported herself by working as a secretary at The Pentagon, then as a singing-dancing waitress at the Spirit of Washington.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Henson is a mother of one son, Marcel Johnson, who was born in 1994. The father of his son was her high school boyfriend, but unfortunately, he was killed in 2003. She got engaged to the former NFL player Kelvin Hayden on 13 May 2018. However, the relationship did not last as she disclosed that they had ended the engagement on 19 October 2020.

Is Taraji Henson Lesbian?

No. Henson is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. She is neither lesbian nor gay and has never had such rumors. Although she is currently single, she has been through several relationships in the past.

Professional Career

At the beginning of Henson’s acting career, she was a background performer. She appeared for the first time in a film in 2001 in the comedy-drama film “Baby Boy” as Yvette together with singer Tyrese Gibson. She appeared in the independent film “Hustle & Flow” in 2005 as Shug, the partner of Terrence Howard. Her singing debut in the film was nominated for two Academy Awards and won one.

She was portrayed as Queenie and Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008. She received another Academy Award nomination for her role. She then acted in two Tyler Perry films, “The Family That Preys” and “I Can Do All By Myself,” in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2011, she acted in a true life-based film, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story,” as Tiffany Rubin. She received several nominations for various awards.

She was part of the film “Think Like ME” IN 2012, WHICH IS BASED ON Steve Harvey’s novel “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” In June 2014, she reprised her role in the film’s sequel, “Think Like a Man Too.”  Her role in “Hidden Figures,” which she played in 2016, received many awards and nominations. She has played several other films, including; Proud Mary, Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, and What Men Want. She also voiced the role of Yesss in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Apart from films, she has starred in various television shows. Some of these shows include The Division, Boston Legal. She played opposite former Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard as Cookie Lyon in the musical drama series Empire. Apart from acting, she has made various singing debut in Hustle & Flow film.


Henson is a recipient of various awards and nominations. She received Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Baby Boy in 2001.she received an Academy Award, SAG Award, and Critics Choice Award for her role in the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Other of the awards she has received include Primetime Emmy Award, NAACP Image Award, and Golden Globe Awards, among many others. She was among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, according to the Times.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Taraji Henson in 2021

As of 2021, Henson has accumulated an estimated net worth of $30 million. The main source of her wealth is her actress career. In 2016, she launched her brand, Taraji P. Henson Makeup Collection, in collaboration with MAC cosmetics.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • She is a PETA supporter, and in January 2011, she appeared nude in the campaign for “I’d Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur.”
  • Henson posted an ad for the NOH8 campaign to support LGBT Community.
  • She switched to a vegan diet in 2017 to prevent stomach cancer.
  • She is a staunch Christian and prefers to adopt a spiritual experience.

Taraji Henson has been entertaining her fan with her captivating performances. Although she started her career as a background performer, she remained determined, and with time, she started playing major roles in films. Her outstanding performance has made her very successful, and she has won many awards and nominations.


Facts of Taraji Penda Henson

  • Gender Female
  • full nameTaraji Penda Henson
  • birthplaceWashington D.C., United States
  • Date of Birth September 11, 1970
  • Age 52 years 4 months
  • Horoscope Virgo
  • Lucky Number 10
  • Lucky Stone Sapphire
  • Lucky Color Green
  • Best Match for Marriage Taurus, Capricorn
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionChristian
  • net worth$30 million
  • professionActress
  • weightIn Kilograms – 60 Kg, In Pounds – 132 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 165 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 5″
  • hair colorBlack
  • eye colorDark brown
  • high schoolOxon Hill High School

Written by Joel S. Elkins

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