Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

Actor

Taraji P. Henson is an Oscar-nominated actress who came to fame playing Shug in 2005's Hustle & Flow, in which she acted and sang on the Oscar-winning song "Hard Out Here for a Pimp." In 2008, Henson was Academy Award-nominated for her portrayal of Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Her other notable credits include the films Think Like a Man and I Can Do Bad All by Myself as well as the TV series Person of Interest. In 2015, Henson began playing Cookie Lyon on Fox's Empire, scoring two Emmy nominations for her performance. She most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, winning a SAG Award. Empire's third season returns March 22.

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