Inside Taraji P. Henson's career and net worth: Exclusive details here!
At 51, Taraji P. Henson is thriving and unstoppable. She is set to star in the upcoming NBC revival of the musical Annie Live. Best known for playing a prostitute in the 2005 drama Hustle & Flow, for which the actress won a Screen Actor Guild Award. Henson was nominated for Academy Award for her outstanding performance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which shaped the actress's career.
Taraji Penda Henson was born on September 11, 1970, in Washington, D.C. She graduated with a degree in drama from Howard University. Being born in a working-class family, Henson didn't have a great start in life. She'd work as a secretary in the day and singing-dancing waitress at night to pay for her education. Taraji started her professional career as a background performer.
Well, that's about her early life and the start of her career, but what about her wealth. Learn more about that ahead.
How Much is Taraji P. Henson's Net Worth?
From getting her breakthrough with a small role in the 2001 film Baby Boy, Taraji has emerged as a high-profile actress with movies like Hidden Figures, Proud Mary, Acrimony, and What Men Want. Henson's influential career also includes her works in television; the best knowns are The Division, Boston Legal, and Eli Stone.
Henson got her big break in the 2001 film Baby Boy. Photo Source: NBC News
As per a reputed online outlet, Henson has an estimated net worth of a whopping $25 million. The actress derives much of her income from her acting career. Her first major role was as Shug in the 2005 film Hustle & Flow; the movie was a mega-hit, grossing $23.5 million against its budget of $2.8 million. Tara also made her singing debut in the film.
Henson's next high grosser was alongside actor Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; the fantastic romantic drama received thirteen Academy Award nominations and received grossed a whopping $335.8 million. Henson is believed to have earned a hefty sum from her deals with brands. In 2016, she collaborated with MAC and launched her Taraji P. Henson makeup collection.
Taraji launched her hair care line, TPH, in 2020. Photo Source: Extra TV
Henson also owes a portion of her fortune to her smart real estate moves. In 2015, she bought a $1.5 million condo in Chicago. The actress owns two homes in Los Angeles and a whopping $6.4 million mansion in Hollywood Hills. Henson is always on the lookout to expand her brand. She launched her hair care line, TPH, by Taraji Hair Care in 2020.
Taraji P. Henson shares her first look for her upcoming Annie Live!
Henson, 51, was tapped to play Miss Hannigan in NBC's Annie Live. Based on the 1977 musical Annie, the television special will also star Celina Smith, Harry Connick Jr, and Nicole Scherzinger. Taraji, one of the first to join the series, recently shared a look at her character.
Henson to play Miss Hannigan in the upcoming television special. Source: NBC
Taking to her Instagram, the What Men Want actress posted a reel of herself getting into the character "That's about it. See you TONIGHT at 8/7c for #AnnieLive on @nbc," Henson wrote on the post. Henson also shared a post paying tribute to Carol Burnett, who played Miss Hannigan in the original musical.