Sep. 11th, 1970
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Taraji P. Henson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Karate Kid
2010 - Once Fallen
2010 - Date Night
2009 - I Can Do Bad All By Myself
2009 - Not Easily Broken
2008 - The Family That Preys
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2007 - Talk to Me
2006 - Smokin' Aces
2005 - Four Brothers
2005 - Hustle & Flow
2001 - Baby Boy
2000 - The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
Guest TV Roles
Henson was born in southeast Washington, D.C., the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Henson, a janitor and fabricator. She is a relative of the Arctic explorer, Matthew Henson, who was with the Peary expedition, thought to have been the first to reach the North Pole, in 1909. (Peary's claim has been disputed.) Her first and middle name are of Swahili origin, taraji meaning hope and penda meaning love.
Henson spent summers at her grandparents' house in suburban southern Maryland. She attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She first attended NC A&T, where she started a major in Electrical Engineering. She later transferred to Howard University. She worked two jobs—in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon and in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship—The Spirit of Washington—to pay for Howard University. She won the Triple Threat Award and graduated with a degree in Theater Arts.
- First attended North Carolina Agric & Tech where she attempted to study Electrical Engineering. She failed Pre-Calculus so she transferred to Howard University. She worked two jobs: in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon; in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship to pay for Howard. She graduated from Howard University in 1995.
- Contrary to previously published accounts, Taraji is a relative, not a descendant, of North Pole explorer Matthew Henson.
- Voted one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of 2001" by the readers of Black Men Magazine.
- An only child.
- First and middle names are Swahili for 'hope' and 'love', respectively.
- Has a son named Marcel.
- The father of her only son died unexpectedly in 1997.
- Born and raised in Washington, DC and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland.