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Viola Davis


Davis at the SAG Awards, 2015

Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress and producer. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, Davis began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the films Kate & Leopold (2001) and Far from Heaven (2002), and the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2001, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of King Hedley II.

Fact file

  • Born: August 11, 1965 (age 50) St. Matthews, South Carolina, U.S.
  • Alma mater: Rhode Island College (1988) Juilliard School (1993)
  • Occupation: Actress, producer
  • Years active: 1992–present
  • Home town: Central Falls, Rhode Island
  • Spouse(s): Julius Tennon (m. 2003)
  • Children: 3

Read more about Viola Davis at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Variety, 2017-11-17 18:58:12
In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with Viola Davis attached to star. “Girls Trip” helmer Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct and produce along with Davis, who will produce with her husband Julius Tennon ...

How Viola Davis Is Helping To Fight Childhood Hunger — And You Can Too
MTV News, 2017-11-07 20:00:47
"How To Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis is working with the Hunger Is campaign to end childhood hunger.

Variety, 2017-10-15 04:31:53
Just hours after Harvey Weinstein was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Saturday Night Live” responded with a sketch that saw Aidy Bryant moderating a panel of three screen legends discussing sexual harassment in the industry through the years. Leslie Jones played Viola Davis, Cecily ...

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