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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

353 comments

  • 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

  • Dele A.
    07/25/2021 14:54

    Amen

  • Patricia L.
    07/22/2021 21:10

    Praise God for he said tarry a while ,it will surely come.

  • Marilyn S.
    06/30/2021 14:11

    Hope she finds what she is looking for.

  • Stacy F.
    06/22/2021 08:53

    This woman is just incredible. She is a shining light for children everywhere and especially for little girls and young women. Hard work and inner work gets you somewhere. Dreams have value but also..it is not all rosy. You not only get to where you are and it is all wonderful. There are hidden and continuing struggles that are just life. I think she also really really really embodies that attitude gets you so so so far. I would love to meet her and tell her that she has had such an impact. I see her and I see someone who validates that despite my struggles my attitude has got me to where I am. Who validates that hard work and inner reflection are key and someone who is authentic like I try to be. And someone who my baby girl can see and say, there is another strong woman, just doing her thing and speaking her truth.

  • Sam A.
    06/20/2021 15:11

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

  • Brenda C.
    06/19/2021 06:48

    I just Love her, she is an extraordinary woman.

  • 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]

  • Keki G.
    06/04/2021 06:51

    Love her 💜

  • Nicole C.
    06/04/2021 01:57

    You are amazing

  • Donna B.
    06/02/2021 13:53

    ALWAYS HAS to come down to race EVERY SINGLE TIME.I start hearing that crap I'M OUT!!!!!!

  • Sonia A.
    05/26/2021 00:13

    Fabulous Actress 🙂

  • Carolyn R.
    05/25/2021 23:41

    Awesome actress with a purpose

  • Sharyn K.
    05/24/2021 14:07

    I just love this empathetic strong woman ❣

  • Jessica S.
    05/24/2021 03:47

    She is incredible. Such an amazing actress, she always blew me away in How to Get Away With Murder. Just seriously so phenomenal.

  • Susan G.
    05/20/2021 17:07

    Beautiful family god bless

  • Mea R.
    05/20/2021 12:13

    👏👏👏

  • Valerie R.
    05/19/2021 19:35

    💪🏿

  • Lois D.
    05/18/2021 18:33

    👍👍👍👏👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️❤️😇😇😇😇