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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

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Entertainment Tonigh, 2017-09-18 17:00:01
Viola Davis knows what it’s like to grow up hungry -- and she’s on a mission to not let any more children in the United States experience that pain and suffering. That’s why, ET has exclusively learned, the Oscar and Emmy-winning actress is once again joining forces with the Albertsons ...

Entertainment Tonigh, 2017-09-18 04:05:26
Blessed be the fruit -- Elisabeth Moss has won her first Emmy! The 35-year-old actress took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on The Handmaid's Tale on Sunday night. After eight nominations, Moss was understandably a bit stunned. "This is crazy!" she ...

Variety, 2017-09-16 06:32:51
The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony isn’t until Sunday, but the celebration has already begun. The weekend kicked off in style Friday night at Variety and Women in Film’s annual nominee party, presented by Halo Top Creamery. Emmy nominees including Viola Davis, Samira Wiley, Claire Foy, Alexander Skarsgard and ...

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