Taraji P. Henson
Full Name:Taraji Penda Henson
Nick Name:Taraji P. Henson, TJ, Cookie
Bornplace:Washington, D.C., United States
Date of Birth:September 11, 1970
Age:47 as of 2017
Height:5 ft 4 in ot 163 cm
Weight:60 kg or 132 pounds
Measurements:38-28-37 in or 96.5-71-94 cm
Dress Size:12 (US)
Shoe Size:7 (US)
- Multi-talented personality
- Bob Cut hairstyle
- Siblings: None
- Father: Boris Lawrence Henson (Janitor and Metal Fabricator)
- Mother: Bernice Gordon (Corporate Manager at Woodward & Lothrop)
Best Known For:Portraying Shug in 2005 independent drama film Hustle & Flow, and as Queenie in the 2008 romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Education:In 1988, she graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Post that, she went to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and even studied engineering and science at the University of the District of Columbia, but soon after got transferred to Howard University in Washington, D.C. From there, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995.
P. Henson Favorites:
- Washington D.C. Restaurants: Chinese spots, The Wharf
- Song From Empire: You’re So Beautiful
- Foods: Pasta, gummi bears
Do You Know These Facts:
- Her first and middle names “Taraji” and “Penda” have been taken from Swahili language. They mean “hope” and “love” respectively.
- While attending Howard University in Washington D.C., she used to work in the mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon so that she could pay for her college. This is not all. She even used to work in the evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a cruise ship called Spirit of Washington.
- She has no siblings and is the only child of her parents.
- Taraji is a great-great cousin of North Pole explorer, Matthew Henson.
- She supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has appeared n*de in one of their ad campaigns in January 2011.
- She has appeared in an ad for same-sex marriage by NOH8 Campaign in February 2015.
- She is good at cooking and Mary J. Blige is a fan of her chili dish, which Taraji says is her signature dish.
- She had a nickname ‘Cookie’ in college.
- Taraji was once named as the class clown at Ballou High.
- She once won a lasagna cook-off.
- Connect with Taraji on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.