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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

311 comments

  • Roxanne V.
    10/11/2020 13:58

    Annalise Keating ❤

  • Toni M.
    10/10/2020 18:46

    I tried to separate the two but it's too difficult to set them apart what a resemblance.

  • Amy N.
    10/09/2020 11:59

    She is probably hands down my favorite actress. I have never seen anyone put as much passion and their own emotion into the character they are playing. She's so inspirational... 🖤

  • Richard O.
    10/09/2020 04:37

    Viola, God bless you and your family and I hope you continue to have great success as you go down the road of life!!!

  • Xenia K.
    10/08/2020 14:10

    Extraordinary achievement

  • Ivana S.
    10/08/2020 07:04

    Hallie Berry is the first black women to win Oskar.

  • Isaiah T.
    10/08/2020 04:47

    Whoopi was the first! She also has an Emmy, which puts Whoopi in the EGOT club!

  • Sande I.
    10/08/2020 02:00

    Love love this woman.

  • Sally B.
    10/07/2020 22:29

    I adore her!! Such an awesome actress.

  • Arnold J.
    10/07/2020 22:29

    She Is just AMAZING!

  • María D.
    10/07/2020 21:50

    Waoo!

  • Kristine M.
    10/07/2020 20:29

    : how to get away with 'an award'? 😀

  • Michelle B.
    10/07/2020 18:02

    Whoopi Goldberg got one first though.

  • Jessy A.
    10/07/2020 17:43

    Quelle femme magnifique🙏🙏🙏

  • Mubarak H.
    10/07/2020 16:36

    Much love 💕

  • Khawla B.
    10/07/2020 15:53

    Her role in "the help " was just inspiring ...great actress

  • Alan C.
    10/07/2020 15:34

    Congratulations!

  • Christina G.
    10/07/2020 15:17

    Love Viola Davis, but doesn’t Whoopi Goldberg also have an Oscar, Tony, and Emmy?

  • Elsa L.
    10/07/2020 10:56

    Well done!!

  • Stella K.
    10/07/2020 06:42

    Τι ομορφιά είναι αυτή ♥️ μέσα κι έξω ♥️ Σεβασμός 👏👏

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