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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

363 comments

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  • Urvashi A.
    2 days

    She is amazing and I LOVED her in “The Help”. However, Hattie Mcdaniel is the first black woman to have won an Oscar in 1939. And that’s a correction for you Brute India.

  • Sonali A.
    2 days

    Wonderful. An inspiring woman of substance.

  • Ven S.
    2 days

    Wtf does this have to do with India achievements?!

  • Toni J.
    2 days

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Tracey C.
    2 days

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

  • Anwar S.
    2 days

    Look at her shoulders tho

  • Aggeo S.
    2 days

    Maravilhosa 😍😍😍

  • Yasmeen S.
    3 days

    She was great in The Help

  • Roveena R.
    3 days

    ❤️

  • Zoya M.
    3 days

    I have respect at so many levels for her. 👏🏼

  • Nitin S.
    3 days

    Nobody gives a chance to dark skin actress in India , in bollywood as well as south India. All our indian actress are giving competition in fairness to Hollywood actresses. And they say we Indians are not racists. India has always been a racist in terms of color. Here everybody mocks dark skin people.

  • Tamizh A.
    3 days

    Even Halle Berry won Oscar 1 decade ago and she is a Black woman.

  • Lynn L.
    3 days

    I love Viola Davis! She is such a role model of some many levels And then extraordinary actor!

  • Aishwara S.
    3 days

    Just stunning. Her acting is so exemplary!

  • Shallu G.
    3 days

    I just love her...Shes just Brilliant ....Well deserved 👏👏

  • Jayvee S.
    3 days

    <3 <3 <3

  • Snigdha R.
    3 days

    Can't forget HTGAWM!

  • Vikram C.
    3 days

    Wasn’t Halle Berry the first one to win an Oscar ?

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