Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress, singer, and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for her performances as a sex-worker in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010 she appeared in the action comedy Date Night, and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.
“Best of Enemies”: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, writer/director Robin Bissell and civil rights activist Bill Riddick (who is portrayed in the movie) discuss why they believe their film is so.. USATODAY.com - Published