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TARAJI P. HENSON (Clarice Johnson) recently starred in Focus Features' Talk to Me opposite Don Cheadle. Henson next co-stars opposite Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in Paramount's highly anticipated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button directed by David Fincher, in which she plays the caretaker of Pitt who suffers from a rare degenerative disease. The film will be released nationally December 25, 2008. Following that, Henson stars opposite Forest Whitaker and Lil' Wayne in Hurricane Season from the Weinstein Company, to be released in January of 2009. In 2008, she starred in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys with Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard. She was also a regular on David E. Kelly's "Boston Legal” and recurs on ABC's "Eli Stone” as the daughter of Loretta Devine's Patti. Henson recently starred in Estelle's music video for her latest single, "Pretty Please.”

Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film at the 2005 Black Movie Awards and received the Best Actress nod at the 2006 BET Awards for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama Hustle & Flow, produced by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker John Singleton, and also starring Terrence Howard. She received two nominations at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards including Best Breakthrough Performance. Henson co-starred in the ensemble action drama Smokin' Aces with Jeremy Piven, Alicia Keys, and Ben Affleck. 

Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow, is featured on the soundtrack, and performed the Oscar®-winning song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp” at the 78th annual Academy Awards®. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000 for Paramount Pictures. Henson co-starred with Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker in Focus Features' Something New. Henson is well remembered for her role as Yvette, the beautiful girlfriend of Jody (Tyrese) in Baby Boy, a Columbia Pictures feature, written, produced, and directed by John Singleton. 

For three years, Henson starred as Raina Washington, the youngest female detective on Lifetime's "The Division.” She co-starred in the CBS movie Murder She Wrote Movie: The Last Free Man, starring Angela Lansbury and Phylicia Rashad. On series television, she has appeared in featured roles on "ER,” "Strong Medicine,” "CSI,” "House,” and others.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University grad resides in Los Angeles and enjoys fashion, reading poetry, dancing, and appreciates a variety of music genres. Henson has a strong passion for helping disabled and less fortunate children and reveals, "I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves—the greatest recipe for success is self confidence.”


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