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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

259 comments

  • Daniel W.
    5 days

    Must be one of Sharpton building

  • Diane F.
    09/16/2020 02:45

    What an incredible woman and role model to every young girl!!!

  • Ana A.
    09/15/2020 00:55

    Great actress nowadays

  • Diane R.
    09/14/2020 11:50

    Won't watch it hate Michelle Obama hope your not racists like her

  • Rodger D.
    09/12/2020 22:34

    A beautiful and very talented actress 👍🇺🇸

  • Pandi M.
    09/10/2020 22:06

    She is amazing and so talented, love her in The Help, I saw that movie many times and cry every time!

  • Josephine L.
    09/10/2020 02:39

    PROUD Of YOU MY QUEEN.

  • Cynthia P.
    09/08/2020 01:06

    Guess Haley berry wining the Oscar didn't count

  • Abraham S.
    09/07/2020 01:32

    Cry baby. Give the money to the people you guys stolen from.

  • Njoko J.
    09/04/2020 15:00

    Don't trust nothing that comes from holloweird

  • Teresa A.
    09/04/2020 06:44

    So did a lot of us..

  • Rick R.
    09/04/2020 02:20

    And you made your way out. This means it’s possible. So your argument of implacability is invalid.

  • Jolie S.
    09/03/2020 00:30

    She is not the first black woman to win the oscar.

  • Haneem P.
    09/02/2020 15:13

    We love you to eternity. Thanks for the inspiration. We understand the tears. It's okay to cry sometimes. Keep up. Kudos!

  • Sylvia M.
    09/01/2020 05:34

    I love her totally a great lady..great actress she puts so much feeling in her characters. Success is hers.🌹❤

  • Patricia B.
    09/01/2020 02:05

    Amazing

  • Purabi P.
    08/31/2020 18:28

    She is really Good. Brilliant acting skills.

  • Brigitte D.
    08/31/2020 12:36

    Viola Davis keep up the good work 👏

  • Jackie M.
    08/31/2020 06:10

    I thought she should have won the Oscar in The Help, love her.

  • Ana T.
    08/31/2020 04:32

    She has done an amazing work in her Netflix series

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