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Taraji P. Henson attends the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Here’s Taraji P. Henson’s net worth and how she makes her money.

The early years and rise to fame

Taraji P. Henson made her acting debut in 1997 on an episode of The Parent ‘Hood titled “Fast Cash.” That same year, she made an appearance on an episode of Sister, Sister titled “Two’s Company.”

After a few more television roles, Henson got her big break, making her film debut in the 2001 movie Baby Boy. She played the role of Yvette. This was also Tyrese Gibson’s film debut.

Acting career

Taraji P. Henson attends the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Henson is best known for her role as Cookie Lyons in the Fox TV series Empire. She also had starring roles in Hustle & Flow (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), the remake of The Karate Kid (2010), and Hidden Figures (2016).

Before becoming known as Cookie from Empire, Henson was known as Yvette from Baby Boy. She told the Los Angeles Times she spent most of her career being known for her role in the 2001 movie. “I was Yvette before Cookie, and now I’m finally getting rid of Yvette,” Henson told the Los Angeles Times’ Greg Braxton. “In fact, I’ve been Yvette all my life, so I just got used to people calling me that.”

Awards and recognitions

In 2005, Henson won a Black Movie Award for outstanding performance in Hustle & Flow. In 2009, she won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture for her appearance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

In 2016, Henson earned a Golden Globe award in the best actress in a television drama series category for her role as Cookie Lyons in Empire. The following year, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for Hidden Figures. She also received two Emmy nominations. One nomination was in 2011 for Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. The other Emmy nomination was in 2015 for Empire.

Highest-grossing films

Taraji P. Henson attends the World Premiere of Disney's "RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET" at the El Capitan Theatre on November 5, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Taraji P. Henson | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Henson has appeared in several successful films. So far, her highest-grossing film is Ralph Breaks the Internet, with a lifetime gross of $194,203,032. Some of her other high-grossing films include The Karate Kid, with a lifetime gross of $176,591,618; Hidden Figures, with a lifetime gross of $169,607,287; and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with a lifetime gross of $127,509,326, according to Box Office Mojo.

Personal life

Henson told Today she didn’t originally plan on being an actress. She said her father suggested she take on the career. “My father spoke that into me. I was always a rambunctious child. I had a very creative imagination, and I think that’s because I was an only child. My dad recognized that in me as a young kid. What he started telling me is ‘You’re the greatest actress alive; you’re going to win an Oscar. It’s just like cramming for a test. The more you hear it, you know it.”

How she makes her money

Outside of acting, Henson has credits as a producer. In one of her recent projects she starred in and executive produced the films Proud Mary and What Men Want. She also produced the 2014 film No Good Deed, the 2014 TV movie Seasons of Love, and the 2015 TV special Taraji and Terence’s White Hot Holidays.

Furthermore, Henson is a published author. In 2016, she released the book Around the Way Girl.

Taraji P. Henson’s net worth

Taraji P. Henson has a net worth of $16 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Read more: Taraji P. Henson Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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