Taraji P. Henson

Award-winning actress

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Biography

African-American actress Taraji Henson was born to a working-class family in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 1970. When Henson was 2 years old, her parents divorced. Henson has described both of her parents as loving and attentive. She has pointed to her father, Boris—a metal fabricator who was forced to live in his van after being laid off—as a main source of moral support during her upbringing.As a teenager, Taraji Henson applied to a performing-arts high school but didn’t get in. Instead, she attended Oxon Hill High School, graduating in 1988.Henson

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  • Awards

    • 2008, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
    • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
    • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
    • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
    • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
    • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
    • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
    • 2015, Critics’ Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
    • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
    • 2009, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
    • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
    • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
    • 2015, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
    • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
    • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee

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