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The Life of Viola Davis

She grew up in rat-infested, condemned apartments — but from a young age she had a dream. Now, she's the first black actress to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony. This is the story of Viola Davis.

Groundbreaking actress and liberated activist

She’s been chosen to play Michelle Obama in a new series. She is the first black woman to have won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony Award. She is Viola Davis. Davis was born in 1965 and grew up with her 4 sisters and brother in a mostly white neighborhood in Central Falls, Rhode Island. As a child, despite the food stamps her family received, she sometimes had to look for food in city trash cans or steal from supermarkets. At 7, she discovered theater and dreamed of becoming an actress.

At 26, she enrolled at the prestigious Juilliard School to study acting, after receiving a scholarship. In 1996, she was noticed by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh who offered her a part in Out of Sight alongside George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. At 46, she adopted a little girl with her husband, Julius Tennon. The same year, her part in The Help put her in the limelight and got her nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globes. In 2012, she was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People and founded JuVee Productions, a production company, and with her husband.

At 47, she decided to stop wearing wigs and extensions and to grow out her hair natural. In 2014, she partnered with the “Hunger Is” campaign which fights against child malnutrition. The same year, she was chosen to play an attorney on the hit series How to Get Away with Murder. At 51, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In January 2018, she spoke at the Women’s March organized in Los Angeles. At 53, she spoke out about unequal pay between white actresses and actresses of color. Today, Davis continues her journey as a committed actress and a liberated activist.

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14/10/2019 10:21
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  • Shane O.
    3 days

    This is incorrect. Whoppi Goldberg is the first black woman to win those awards. If you make a video please get your facts. This looks back for her that someone didn’t do their research.

  • Brenda G.
    3 days

    Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actress to win an Oscar in Gone With The Wind.

  • Olga T.
    5 days

    I love this woman

  • Angela D.
    5 days

    She may be the first black woman to win all three awards, but NOT the first to win an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel was the FIRST African American to win an Oscar in 1939 for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind.

  • Joanne D.
    5 days

    What a woman!

  • Nazarie C.
    5 days

    Yes she are the first and is so far the only nergro woman to ever win she's the best

  • Aimee L.
    6 days

    SuperbLADY I wish to WORK for YOU-we will SUCCEED FULLY ❤️💖 💛💕Aimee.

  • Marie R.
    6 days

    Beautiful,setting, talented woman.!

  • Harkesh B.
    05/08/2020 16:57

    She is a great actor. ❤️

  • Anne-Marie R.
    05/08/2020 14:36

    Love Viola Davis

  • Julia B.
    05/08/2020 14:22

    Love her!!!

  • Rose M.
    04/08/2020 22:24

    Viola keep your head up You are somebody work what you got ❤️❤️❤️

  • Elsie C.
    04/08/2020 01:41

    You are somebody, Ms Davis. You are beautiful, talented, smart & fierce 😘

  • Gloria G.
    01/08/2020 15:51

    You deserve it so much. God bless you

  • Vanessa P.
    01/08/2020 12:45

    I love her

  • Katherine W.
    31/07/2020 16:57

    Bravo. What a wonderful soul, actress. To be admired.

  • Kathy B.
    30/07/2020 18:45

    Your not the only one

  • Susan A.
    30/07/2020 02:09

    Such a talented and classy woman!! Can’t wait to see her play Michelle Obama!! I know it will be fabulous!!🌟

  • Elena D.
    28/07/2020 23:59

    Such a great actress and such a good kind person. 💕❤️💕

  • Michael W.
    27/07/2020 16:20

    Hard world payed off. And belive that you ,can be somebody,you are.

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