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Viola Davis is a renowned American actress as well as producer

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BirthdayAugust 11, 1965
NationalityAmerican
FamousJuilliard School, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateSouth Carolina
SpousesJulius Tennon (m. 2003)
Universities
  • Juilliard School
Notable Alumnis
  • Juilliard School
Birth PlaceSt. Matthews, South Carolina, United States
Height165cm
GenderFemale
FatherDan Davis
MotherMary Alice Davis
Net Worth$3 million as of Jan 29,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inSt. Matthews, South Carolina, United States
Famous asActress

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Who is Viola Davis?

Viola Davis is a renowned American actress as well as producer. This Primetime Emmy Award winner is of black ethnicity. Born in a poverty-stricken family, Davis worked hard to overcome her challenging early years. She ventured into acting and appeared on TV, films, and stage and earned considerable name and fame in less than a decade. She is the first black actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting—Oscar, Emmy and Tony Awards—and also the first black actress to be nominated for three Academy awards. Besides this, Viola Davis was also honored by the African-American Film Critics Association twice. Working steadily on screen and stage since the late 1990s, Davis earned scholarships and studied theater in New York. She first performed on stage out of New York and subsequently landed on the small screen, doing occasional roles. The actress also began doing small roles on the big screen simultaneously. It was Davis’ passion and love for acting that fetched her dozens of television sitcoms and films. No doubt, both her small and big screen credits are truly remarkable, but it is on the stage where her talents have truly shone. Over the years, Davis has been frequently doing stereotypical African-American roles, bringing a distinguished maturity to even small parts. The actress had also been listed as one of the hundred most influential people in the world by the ‘Time Magazine.’

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Childhood & Early Life

Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965 at her grandparents’ home in St. Matthews, South Carolina.

Her father, Dan Davis, was a horse trainer and mother, Mary Alice, was a maid and factory worker besides been a civil rights activist. The actress is the second youngest child of her parents’ six children.

Two months after Davis was born, the family moved to Rhode Island taking her and two of her sisters along and leaving her older brother and sister with her grandparents.

Her parents’ income was insufficient to support the family. They lived in abject poverty in rat-infested apartments and endured occasional food shortages.

At the age of two, Davis along with her mother was taken to jail after the latter was arrested during a protest.

She attended the Central Falls High School where she developed the love for stage. Following her schooling, she studied theatre at Rhode Island College, graduated in 1988. After graduation, she attended the Juilliard School in New York City.

Career

In 1996, Viola Davis made her Broadway debut in ‘Seven Guitars’. In this play, she played the role of a musician. The same year, she appeared as a nurse in ‘The Substance of Fire’. This drama was her screen debut for which she got her Screen Actors Guild card.

In 1998, she played a small role in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Out of Sight’.

In 2001, she appeared as a mother who fights for the right to abort a pregnancy in the play ‘King Hedley II’. Davis was awarded the Tony Award for this Broadway play.

Davis also did many television series. One of her most notable roles was of a serial killer in the television show ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ episode named ‘Badge’.

In 2002, this African-American beauty caught the attention of critics when she appeared in ‘Antwone Fisher’. In this film, she hardly had any lines, yet her presence was noticeable.

In 2008, Davis's career reached great heights after she portrayed the character of ‘Mrs. Miller’ – the mother of a boy who may have been molested by a priest in ‘Doubt’.

In 2010, Viola Davis retuned to the stage one again and gave another show-stopping performance in August Wilson's ‘Fences’.

In 2011, she appeared in the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel ‘The Help’. This film highlighted the racial divide between the white housewives and their black servants.

In 2014, she again teamed with ‘The Help’ director in ‘Get on Up’ – a biopic of singer James Brown. In the movie, she played the role of the singer’s mother. The same year, she was cast as Professor Annalise Keating in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. This mystery drama series is running on ABC television since then.

Major Works

In 2008, Viola Davis’ nuanced performance in ‘Doubt’ made her acting career achieve new heights. Her character of ‘Mrs. Miller’ made a tremendous impression with such a small role.

In the film adaption of Kathryn Stockett’s book ‘The Help,’ the star appeared as the maid who gets interviewed by a white writer for a book. This role resembled the real-lives of her mother and grandmother – typical African women working in cotton and tobacco fields and cleaning other people’s homes.

Awards & Achievements

In 2001, Viola Davis won the ‘Tony Award’ for Best Featured Actress in a Play as well as the ‘Drama Desk Award’ for the portrayal of her character ‘Tonya’ in ‘King Hedley II’.

In the year 2010, she won the Tony Award for ‘The Best Actress in a Play’ for her character of Rose Maxson in ‘Fences.’

In 2011, she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for ‘The Help’ in the categories ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’.

In 2014, she won Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series’ for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.

In 2015, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series’ for ‘Fences’. The same year, she won, Emmy’s ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series’ Award for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.

In 2016, she won the prestigious Oscar award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Fences.’ The same year, she received British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for the same role.

Viola Davis is the first African-American actor/actress to win five Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also became the first black actress to fetch the Triple Crown of Acting, winning the Oscar, Emmy and Tony in different acting categories in different years.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2003, Viola Davis married the actor Julius Tennon.

In October 2011, the couple adopted a girl who was named Genesis. The couple also has a son and a daughter who were born from Tennon's previous marriage.

Humanitarian Work

Viola Davis has contributed a lot to her hometown of Central Falls that is situated in Rhode Island. In the year 2016, she inaugurated a community health center there.

She has also donated a lot to the Central Falls High School and the city’s library.

Net Worth

Viola Davis has a net worth of $3 million.

Trivia

She took help from her mother regarding the portrayal of a maid’s character in ‘The Help’.

She along with her daughter Genesis appeared in ‘Get on Up’.

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Viola Davis awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2017Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleFences (2016)

Golden Globe Awards

2017Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureFences (2016)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2015Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHow to Get Away with Murder (2014)

BAFTA Awards

2017Best Supporting ActressFences (2016)

People's Choice Awards

2015Favorite Actress in a New TV SeriesWinner

Viola Davis biography timelines

  • // 11th Aug 1965
    Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965 at her grandparents’ home in St. Matthews, South Carolina.
  • // 1988
    She attended the Central Falls High School where she developed the love for stage. Following her schooling, she studied theatre at Rhode Island College, graduated in 1988. After graduation, she attended the Juilliard School in New York City.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Viola Davis made her Broadway debut in ‘Seven Guitars’. In this play, she played the role of a musician. The same year, she appeared as a nurse in ‘The Substance of Fire’. This drama was her screen debut for which she got her Screen Actors Guild card.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, she played a small role in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Out of Sight’.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she appeared as a mother who fights for the right to abort a pregnancy in the play ‘King Hedley II’. Davis was awarded the Tony Award for this Broadway play.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, Viola Davis won the ‘Tony Award’ for Best Featured Actress in a Play as well as the ‘Drama Desk Award’ for the portrayal of her character ‘Tonya’ in ‘King Hedley II’.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, this African-American beauty caught the attention of critics when she appeared in ‘Antwone Fisher’. In this film, she hardly had any lines, yet her presence was noticeable.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, Viola Davis married the actor Julius Tennon.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Davis's career reached great heights after she portrayed the character of ‘Mrs. Miller’ – the mother of a boy who may have been molested by a priest in ‘Doubt’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Viola Davis’ nuanced performance in ‘Doubt’ made her acting career achieve new heights. Her character of ‘Mrs. Miller’ made a tremendous impression with such a small role.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, Viola Davis retuned to the stage one again and gave another show-stopping performance in August Wilson's ‘Fences’.
  • // 2010
    In the year 2010, she won the Tony Award for ‘The Best Actress in a Play’ for her character of Rose Maxson in ‘Fences.’
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she appeared in the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel ‘The Help’. This film highlighted the racial divide between the white housewives and their black servants.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for ‘The Help’ in the categories ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’.
  • // 2011
    In October 2011, the couple adopted a girl who was named Genesis. The couple also has a son and a daughter who were born from Tennon's previous marriage.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, she again teamed with ‘The Help’ director in ‘Get on Up’ – a biopic of singer James Brown. In the movie, she played the role of the singer’s mother. The same year, she was cast as Professor Annalise Keating in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. This mystery drama series is running on ABC television since then.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, she won Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series’ for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series’ for ‘Fences’. The same year, she won, Emmy’s ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series’ Award for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.
  • // 2016
    In 2016, she won the prestigious Oscar award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Fences.’ The same year, she received British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for the same role.
  • // 2016
    Viola Davis has contributed a lot to her hometown of Central Falls that is situated in Rhode Island. In the year 2016, she inaugurated a community health center there.

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  • What is Viola Davis birthday?

    Viola Davis was born at 1965-08-11

  • Where is Viola Davis's birth place?

    Viola Davis was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, United States

  • What is Viola Davis nationalities?

    Viola Davis's nationalities is American

  • Who is Viola Davis spouses?

    Viola Davis's spouses is Julius Tennon (m. 2003)

  • What was Viola Davis universities?

    Viola Davis studied at Juilliard School

  • What was Viola Davis notable alumnis?

    Viola Davis's notable alumnis is Juilliard School

  • How tall is Viola Davis?

    Viola Davis's height is 165

  • Who is Viola Davis's father?

    Viola Davis's father is Dan Davis

  • Who is Viola Davis's mother?

    Viola Davis's mother is Mary Alice Davis

  • What is Viola Davis's sun sign?

    Viola Davis is Leo

  • How famous is Viola Davis?

    Viola Davis is famouse as Actress