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TARAJI P. HENSON (B'Ella) earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, opposite Brad Pitt, in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She starred in the hugely successful The Karate Kid, opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and in Date Night, with Tina Fey and Steve Carell. For her role in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also starred in Peep World, as Rainn Wilson's love interest; The Good Doctor, with Orlando Bloom; and Once Fallen, co-starring Ed Harris. Henson recently completed production on the biopic From the Rough, in which she stars as the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men's golf team.

Henson received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features' Talk to Me, starring opposite Don Cheadle. She co-starred in the ensemble action-drama Smokin' Aces, with Ben Affl eck and Alicia Keys. Henson received a Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and a BET Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama Hustle & Flow, which also starred Terrence Howard. She starred in Sony's Not Easily Broken, opposite Morris Chestnut; opposite Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season; and with Kathy Bates in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.

Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow and performed its Academy Award®-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” on the Oscar® telecast. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to fi lm Four Brothers, with Mark Wahlberg and André Benjamin, for Paramount Pictures. Henson co-starred with Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan in Focus Features' Something New and is well remembered for her role as Yvette, opposite Tyrese Gibson, in Baby Boy.

On television, she starred as the title character in Lifetime's Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, which depicts the true story of a mother whose child was illegally taken from her. Henson was a series regular on David E. Kelley's Boston Legal and had a recurring role on ABC's Eli Stone. She was featured in Jamie Foxx's video "Just Like Me,” and also appeared in Estelle's video "Pretty Please (Love Me).”

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides in Los Angeles with her son. Henson has a strong dedication to 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 confi dence.”

Henson is the newest spokesperson for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, which launched in February 2011.

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