Taraji P. Henson Net Worth
Taraji P. Henson Net Worth and salary: Taraji P. Henson is an American actress and singer who has a net worth of $16 million. Taraji Henson has appeared in long list of movie an TV roles, but she is probably most famous for playing Cookie Lyon on the Fox series Empire, which premiered in 2015. She was born Taraji Penda Henson on September 11, 1970, in Washington, DC. Taraji initially studied electrical engineering at North Carolina Agric & Tech, and only later she switched her academic focus to theater and graduated from the Howard University in 1995. In order to pay for her studies, Henson worked two jobs. In the morning she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon and at night she was a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship. In the late 1990s, she made her TV debut appearing on NBC's TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street and ER. But her career really took off when she got supporting role in the feature movies Baby Boy (2001) and Hustle & Flow (2004). In the latter, she sang on the track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" for the movie's soundtrack and her incredible rendition fetched her the Best Song Oscar that year. This led to bigger parts for Henson in movies like Smokin' Aces (2006) and Talk to Me (2007). However, Henson's big breakthrough came with her portrayal of Queenie, the mother of the backward-aging Benjamin in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). This heartfelt performance garnered her Best Supporting Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. Since, she has become an in-demand actress and appeared in a series of films including Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (2008), the remake of The Karate Kid (2010), Date Night (2010) and Larry Crowne (2011). In 2012 she joined the ensemble of the hit comedy Think Like a Man (2012). She was a regular on the series Person of Interest 2011-2015. As we mentioned earlier, her biggest role to date, Cookie Lyon on the show Empire, started in 2015.