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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

329 comments

  • Evelyn M.
    a day

    You're definitely way beyond being somebody. You friggin rock. Look where ur now! 🙏💜💙💚❤

  • Denise M.
    01/07/2022 18:10

    💗

  • Deadrareed R.
    08/09/2021 23:40

    My favorite actress and someone i can relate to. Wont he do it and.she.is.real peeps

  • Joyce O.
    07/09/2021 22:21

    I just love watching her speak. I love Viola Davis so much

  • Serena C.
    06/22/2021 04:59

    Proud of you 💘

  • Sam A.
    06/20/2021 15:11

    Love her so much...so much power, beauty, talent and depth.

  • Vania B.
    06/06/2021 21:04

    First time I saw you, it was on Fences, Broadway. I didnt know who you were! I was AMAZED! How good you were! Keep going!

  • Cindy H.
    06/06/2021 14:00

    This is my story! I was just saying to some friends...I don't know anyone who has some success with my background...you just blew it out of the [email protected]

  • Nicole C.
    06/04/2021 01:57

    You are amazing

  • Sonia A.
    05/26/2021 00:13

    Fabulous Actress 🙂

  • Sharyn K.
    05/24/2021 14:07

    I just love this empathetic strong woman ❣

  • Valerie R.
    05/19/2021 19:35

    💪🏿

  • Derby C.
    05/09/2021 11:55

    😊

  • Toni J.
    05/05/2021 03:33

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Tracey C.
    05/04/2021 22:17

    Shes so talented. No one gives a speech like Voila Davis!

  • Aggeo S.
    05/04/2021 08:19

    Maravilhosa 😍😍😍

  • Sofia C.
    05/02/2021 21:30

    Simply the best actress ever. Love her work, love her honesty, love what she represents 🤩

  • Sheena B.
    05/02/2021 19:47

    Elle est inspirante de malade !

  • April M.
    05/02/2021 15:18

    A woman me my girls and all women can look up to and be inspired by deeply 👊♥️👊 if you thought you loved her before just watch this ! Everything you go through is why you become who you are even those hard and God awful times when you think why...these are the seeds planted who make you the great you you are ! ❣️

  • Susan D.
    04/30/2021 18:20

    She is so fabulous in every way! A triple crown winner!😍

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