THE BEST OF ENEMIES
TARAJI P. HENSON (Ann Atwater), an Academy Award-nominated
and Golden Globe-winning
actor, writer and producer, quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance
in the critically acclaimed
Hustle & Flow. Nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding
Performance by a Cast,"
the film also brought Henson BET's "Best Actress" award.
Henson currently stars as Cookie Lyon in Fox Television's hit musical drama
"Empire," which has
brought her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critic's Choice
Award and three BET
Awards. Prior to "Empire," Henson had recurring roles on "Person of Interest,"
"Boston Legal" and "The
In 2017, Henson portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the
Academy Award-nominated film Hidden Figures. Henson and her fellow actors
received the Screen Actors Guild Award for
"Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."
Henson's credits also include: Tyler Perry's Acrimony and The Family That
Preys; Proud Mary;
Think Like A Man and Think Like A Man Too with Kevin Hart; Talk To Me, opposite
Smokin' Aces, with Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys; Hurricane Season, opposite
Forest Whitaker; No Good
Deed, opposite Idris Elba, which opened #1 at the box office; Larry Crowne, with
Tom Hanks and Julia
Roberts; Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, for which Henson earned an Emmy
for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie;" and The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button, with
Brad Pitt, which brought her an Academy Award nomination for "Best Supporting
Henson lends her voice alongside Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly and Gal
Gadot in Disney's
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2, and stars in Paramount's 2019
comedy What Men Want
from director Adam Shankman.
In October 2016, Henson released her New York Times bestselling novel Around
the Way Girl, a
memoir about her family and friends, her determination to make it to Hollywood
and the importance of
living your own truth. In Around the Way Girl, she reminisces on the world-class
theater arts education
she received at Howard University, and how she chipped away at Hollywood's
resistance to giving
women, especially women of color, rich and significant roles. With her iconic
humor and honesty, Henson
shares the struggles and disappointments of an actor's journey and shows
audiences that she is ever
Henson recently launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her
late father. The
organization will provide scholarships to African-American students majoring in
offer mental health services to youth in urban schools, and work to lower the
recidivism rates of
African-American men and women.
A Washington, D.C. native, Henson currently resides in Chicago.
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