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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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10/14/2019 10:21 AM
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257 comments

  • Cynthia A.
    9 hours

    So much respect for her!

  • Wanda F.
    18 hours

    With age she has become more beautiful

  • Shiryl C.
    2 days

    Absolutely Powerful & blessed

  • Lucita L.
    2 days

    WOW! More power to you, Sister! I salute you!

  • Vivian O.
    3 days

    THANK YOU for Being so Raw AND HONEST.!!!!!!!

  • Safia A.
    3 days

    Weldon dear

  • Tk K.
    3 days

    U want 2 live in FGFF Ireland u now what poverty is. The rich get richer the poor die. In the land of saint's and scholars

  • Laura D.
    3 days

    I love you

  • Ruth L.
    3 days

    Please Ms Davis: can you help thousands of Floridians — mostly people of color —-who are being shut out of VOTING by cruel and ridiculous fines and fees, courtesy of Trump apologist Gov. DeSantis?? We need a few wealthy folks to step up & pay the $2million hostage payment to free these people in time for Nov 3rd.

  • Donna K.
    3 days

    Love her spirit❣️

  • Mitra K.
    4 days

    Sophie Okonedo won an Oscar for Hotel Rwanda in 2005, and Halle Berry in 2002

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    SHE DESERVES TO BE THE WIFE OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND HE SHOULD BE ... LATINO ;)

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    THEY ARE THE LIVING REINCARNATIONS OF MATA HARI

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    BUT AT THE BACK PAGE OF TIMES

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    NOT ONLY BABE AT THE FORE FRONT

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    BUT SHE IS THE OLDER SISTEL OF MCHL OB

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    NOW THIS WOMAN COULD BE HER

  • Alexandros Z.
    4 days

    THAT'S WHEN SHE DECIDED B.T. TO BE A COP

  • Rayave V.
    4 days

    Fabulous actress

  • Tina A.
    4 days

    Hattie McDaniel I believe was the first, she played mamie in gone with the wind, not to take anything away from this very talented women