Taraji Henson was born on September 11, 1970, in Washington, D.C.
She landed her first professional acting gig on Smart Guy. In 2001, she got her big break in the film Baby Boy. Her performance led to the role of Shug in Hustle and Flow. In 2008 she earned an Oscar nomination for her part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Henson went to appear in such films as Think Like a Man (2012). She also starred in the television drama Person of Interest from 2011 to 2013.
Henson has worked increasingly frequently as a character actress ever since, including roles in a string of Tyler Perry movies. More recently, Henson appeared in the 2012 comedy film Think Like a Man and 2013’s No Good Deed. She was also on the television series Person of Interest from 2011 to 2013.