On this day in 1970, Taraji P. Henson was born


Taraji P. Henson attends Fox's celebration of the "Empire" and "Star" television shows at One World Observatory on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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Taraji P. Henson, known for her extraordinary talent and captivating performances, celebrates her 53rd birthday today. Born on September 11, 1970, in Washington, D.C., she first garnered widespread recognition for her role in the critically acclaimed film “Baby Boy” (2001).

However, it was her iconic portrayal of Cookie Lyon in the hit television series “Empire,” from 2015 to 2020, that truly solidified her status as an industry powerhouse. Cookie Lyon earned Henson numerous awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe.

Actress Taraji P. Henson, from the cast of the upcoming film The Color Purple, appears at the Essence Festival of Culture on Friday, June 30, 2023, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Her filmography also includes memorable performances in 2016’s “Hidden Figures” and 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

Happy birthday to the one and only Taraji P. Henson!

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