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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 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 >

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 >

- 201 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 >

- 212 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 >

- 213 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 >

- 215 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 >

- 286 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 >

- 363 days ago
'Empire' Star Ta'Rhonda Jones -- 50 Cent Needs Hugs ... and a Shrink's Couch (TMZ LIVE VIDEO)

'Empire' Star
50 Cent Needs Hugs ... And a Shrink's Couch

Cookie's assistant on "Empire" proved she's got her back in real life too by taking a jab at 50 Cent's mental health ... on the heels of him trash talking Taraji P. Henson. Ta'Rhonda Jones,… READ MORE >

- 390 days ago
'Empire Star' -- Cookie and Porsha Met At A Strip Club ... Or Was It In Prison?

'Empire Star'
Cookie and Porsha Met At A Strip Club ... Or Was It In Prison?

Empire star Ta'Rhonda Jones says she and cast mate Taraji P. Henson think the stripper poles and jails cells aligned when their show characters first met.  Jones is set to appear on Matt… READ MORE >

- 512 days ago
Taraji P. Henson -- Oceanfront PDA in Miami ... With Super Bowl Hero

Taraji P. Henson
Oceanfront PDA In Miami ... With Super Bowl Hero

Looks like a Super Bowl champ might be getting Cookie's nookie -- 'cause "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson was spotted on a romantic stroll down in Miami ... with NFL player Kelvin Hayden. The… READ MORE >

- 664 days ago
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