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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in a poor neighborhood in Washington, D.C. At the age of four, her dad, Boris Henson, turned violent towards her mom, Bernice. She and her mom fled for safety, but her dad found them and tried to kidnap her. Over time, Boris cleaned up his act and reconnected with his daughter. Henson fell in love with William LaMarr “Mark” Johnson at the age of 17. While studying acting at Howard University, she became pregnant with Johnson’s baby – he already had two children with other women. The couple was living together when Marcell was born. Johnson could not control his temper and he punched Henson in the face, so she kicked him out. In January 2003, Henson received word that Johnson had been murdered at the age of 34. Henson received an Oscar nomination for 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She won a Screen Actors Guild Award as a castmember of “Hidden Figures” in early 2017 and a Golden Globe the year prior for her critically-acclaimed role of Cookie Lyon on the hit FOX series “Empire.”

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Taraji, Terrence and 'Empire' Stars Buy Season 4 Crew Bomber Jackets

Taraji, Terrence & 'Empire' Cast
Hook Up Entire Crew with Bomb-ass Jackets

The stars of "Empire" gave all 300 or so crew members a sweet jacket at the Season 4 wrap party, as a thank you for making the hit series possible ... TMZ has learned. Taraji P. Henson, Andre… READ MORE >

Taraji P. Henson Talks to Ryan Seacrest about the Universe on Oscar Red Carpet (UPDATE)

Taraji P. Henson to Ryan Seacrest
The Universe Takes Care of Good People

7:51 PM PT -- Taraji told People that her comment to Ryan was "misconstrued" and that she was only trying to "keep his chin up" in light of an awkward situation, despite him being cleared by E!'s… READ MORE >

- 107 days ago
Salt-N-Pepa Score Christmas Roles with Taraji P. Henson

Salt-N-Pepa
Let's Talk About Spicy Christmas With Taraji P. Henson!!!

Salt-N-Pepa are shaking things up for the holidays and their careers by landing a sweet acting gig opposite Taraji P. Henson. The ladies are playing Sugar N Spice in a skit for Taraji's… READ MORE >

- 212 days ago
Taraji P. Henson Crashes Maserati into Fire Hydrant on Movie Set (PHOTOS)

Taraji P. Henson
Maserati Massacre on Movie Set

Taraji P. Henson crashed a Maserati into a fire hydrant ... and the hydrant won. Taraji was in Lawrence, Massachusetts Sunday on the set of her movie, "Proud Mary" ... shooting a scene where she… READ MORE >

- 391 days ago
Nia Long Loves Taraji P. Henson but HATES This Meter Man! (VIDEO)

Nia Long
I Love Taraji, But ... I Hate This Meter Man!

Seconds after Nia Long insisted she has NO beef with Taraji P. Henson, some fresh beef was served up ... on the windshield of her Porsche. Nia was out in Bev Hills Tuesday with a… READ MORE >

- 441 days ago
Eva Longoria Loves Fellow Empire Star Nia Long! (VIDEO)

Eva Longoria
Loves Fellow Empire Star Nia Long!!!

Eva Longoria indirectly sided with Nia Long in the "Empire" feud, declaring her love for the actress. Eva was leaving Catch in WeHo Friday when she told our photog how she feels about Taraji P.… READ MORE >

- 452 days ago
Taraji P. Henson & Nia Long's Beef Started with Bloody Joke

Taraji P. Henson & Nia Long
Beef Started with Bloody Joke

Taraji P. Henson jokingly asked Nia Long if she was on her period after she went nuts on a fellow cast member ... and that's what set off their raging feud on the set of "Empire."… READ MORE >

- 453 days ago
Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long at War on 'Empire' Set

Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long
At War on 'Empire' Set

Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long were at each other's throats on the set of "Empire" in such a big way ... producers almost had to shoot the scenes they were in together ... separately. Multiple… READ MORE >

- 455 days ago
Taraji P. Henson Says Black Women Can Open Films so Hollywood 'Kiss My Ass'  (VIDEO)

Taraji P. Henson
'Kiss My Ass' Hollywood Black Women Can Open Films!!!

Taraji P. Henson wants it be known -- black women CAN open films in Hollywood ... and "Hidden Figures" is Exhibit A. We got video of Taraji on the set of "Empire" Monday where she was more… READ MORE >

- 526 days ago
Taraji P. Henson -- Cookie's On Top of the World in New $6.4 Mil Pad (PHOTO)

Taraji P. Henson
Cookie On Top of the World In New $6.4 Mil Pad

Taraji P. Henson's empire is expanding into the Hollywood Hills where she just plunked down $6.4 million for her new secluded home. The 3 bedroom, 3 bath Spanish home sits on top of a hill with… READ MORE >

- 603 days ago
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