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Birth information

11 August 1965 Saint Matthews, South Carolina, USA

How tall is Viola Davis?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Julius Tennon

Life Story of Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker, was also a civil rights activist. Davis was educated at Central Falls High School, where she developed a love of acting. She studied theater at Rhode Island College, and also attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

Davis made her screen debut with a small role as a nurse in 1996's The Substance of Fire (1996). Guest spots followed in various TV shows and films, and in 2000 she won the role of Nurse Lynnette Peeler in City of Angels (2000). In 2001, Davis appeared on Broadway in the play, 'King Hedley II', for which she was awarded a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Davis has worked with Steven Soderbergh on three projects - Traffic (2000), Solaris (2002) and Syriana (2005). Other projects include Far from Heaven (2002), Antwone Fisher (2002) and Disturbia (2007). In 2008, she played Mrs. Miller in Doubt...

Significant features of Viola Davis

Her natural hair
Often plays longsuffering mothers (e.g. Doubt, Antwone Fisher, Get on Up, Fences)

What movies did Viola Davis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Sonata , Hanging By A Thread , How to Get Away with Murder (2019) , Emanuel (2019) , The Last Defense (2018) , Two Sides (2018) , XQ Super School Live (2017) , American Koko (2017) , Emerging Artist Series (2017) , Night Shift (2017) , Custody (2016) , The Brink (2015) , Lila & Eve (2015) , Driving Fish (2002) ,
Actors Filmography
Untitled Harriet Tubman Project Harriet Tubman, The Suicide Squad (2021) Amanda Waller, How to Get Away with Murder (2019) Annalise Keating, Troop...

Birth information

11 August 1965 Saint Matthews, South Carolina, USA

How tall is Viola Davis?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Julius Tennon

Life Story of Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker, was also a civil rights activist. Davis was educated at Central Falls High School, where she developed a love of acting. She studied theater at Rhode Island College, and also attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

Davis made her screen debut with a small role as a nurse in 1996's The Substance of Fire (1996). Guest spots followed in various TV shows and films, and in 2000 she won the role of Nurse Lynnette Peeler in City of Angels (2000). In 2001, Davis appeared on Broadway in the play, 'King Hedley II', for which she was awarded a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Davis has worked with Steven Soderbergh on three projects - Traffic (2000), Solaris (2002) and Syriana (2005). Other projects include Far from Heaven (2002), Antwone Fisher (2002) and Disturbia (2007). In 2008, she played Mrs. Miller in Doubt...

Significant features of Viola Davis

Her natural hair
Often plays longsuffering mothers (e.g. Doubt, Antwone Fisher, Get on Up, Fences)

What movies did Viola Davis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Sonata , Hanging By A Thread , How to Get Away with Murder (2019) , Emanuel (2019) , The Last Defense (2018) , Two Sides (2018) , XQ Super School Live (2017) , American Koko (2017) , Emerging Artist Series (2017) , Night Shift (2017) , Custody (2016) , The Brink (2015) , Lila & Eve (2015) , Driving Fish (2002) ,
Actors Filmography
Untitled Harriet Tubman Project Harriet Tubman, The Suicide Squad (2021) Amanda Waller, How to Get Away with Murder (2019) Annalise Keating, Troop...

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Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)

Won the 2005 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for "Intimate Apparel" (2004).

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Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)

Attended and graduated from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island (1988), where she majored in theater. She later received an honorary degree in Fine Arts from the college (2002).

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Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)

After her graduation from Rhode Island College, she attended the Juilliard School in New York City for four years, and was a member of the school Drama Division "Group 22" (1989-1993).

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Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)

Grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Her family moved there when she was 2-months old.

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Viola Davis in Blackhat (2015)

Inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on June 30, 2009.

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Viola Davis and Chris Hemsworth in Blackhat (2015)

Announced that she and her husband, Julius Tennon, have adopted a newborn daughter named Genesis Tennon. [October 2011]

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Viola Davis and Chris Hemsworth in Blackhat (2015)

In 2012, Davis told Entertainment Weekly that she and her husband stayed at George Clooney's Italian estate on Lake Como for their honeymoon.

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Viola Davis and Leehom Wang in Blackhat (2015)

Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be Oscar-nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The others in chronological order are Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe and Quvenzhané Wallis.

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Viola Davis in Out of Sight (1998)

Is one of two African-American actresses (the other being Whoopi Goldberg) to be nominated for an Academy Award in both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.

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Allison Janney and Viola Davis in Troop Zero (2019)

Returned to work 4 months after adopting her daughter Genesis to begin filming Ender's Game (2013).

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Named Glamour magazine's Film Actress of the Year (2012).

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Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo in Widows - Tödliche Witwen (2018)

Won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in "Fences" (2010).

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Viola Davis in Widows - Tödliche Witwen (2018)

Stepmother to Julius Tennon's two sons from previous relationships.

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As of 2017, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Traffic (2000), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), The Help (2011) and Fences (2016).

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Viola Davis, Garret Dillahunt, Colin Farrell, etc.

Is the first black actress to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder (2014).

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Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki in Widows - Tödliche Witwen (2018)

Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong'o, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

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Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in Widows - Tödliche Witwen (2018)

Is one of five actresses to receive an Oscar nomination for a performance with less than 10 minutes of screen time.

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She was nominated for the 1996 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "Seven Guitars" on Broadway in New York City.

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Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, etc.

She was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Performance for "Seven Guitars" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, etc.

She was awarded the 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance for "Intimate Apparel" in association with Roundabout Theatre Company production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Oprah Winfrey and beau Stedman Graham attended her 'third' marriage to Julius.

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Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in Widows - Tödliche Witwen (2018)

She was awarded for a 2001 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "King Hedley II" on Broadway in New York City.

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Casey Affleck, Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, and Emma Stone in The Oscars (2017)

She was awarded the 2004 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for "Intimate Apparel" in association with Roundabout Theatre Company production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Viola Davis and Liza Weil in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

She was awarded for a 2001 New York Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "King Hedley II" on Broadway in New York City.

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Viola Davis, Matt McGorry, and Aja Naomi King in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

She was awarded for the 2004 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Performance for "Intimate Apparel" in association with Roundabout Theatre Company production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Viola Davis and Liza Weil in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 5, 2017.

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Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

She was the first black woman to receive three Academy Award nominations. Octavia Spencer (in 2017, also for acting) and Ruth E. Carter (in 2018, for costume design) followed.

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Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

In 2017, Davis became the 25th performer (and first African-American actress) to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony). She won the 2001 Best Featured Actress in a Play Tony Award for "King Hedley II" and the 2010 Best Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award for "Fences", the 2015 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Award for How to Get Away with Murder (2014), and the 2017 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Fences (2016).

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Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

Is one of seven African-American actresses to have won an acting Oscar in a competitive category. The others in chronological order are Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost (1990), Halle Berry for Monster's Ball (2001), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Mo'Nique for Precious (2009) and Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011).

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Viola Davis, Matt McGorry, and Aja Naomi King in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

Was the 147th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Fences (2016) at The Oscars (2017) on February 26, 2017.

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Viola Davis and Liza Weil in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

Is one of only nine actors to have won both the Tony and the Oscar for the same role on stage and film. The others are Yul Brynner (The King and I (1956)), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady (1964)), Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker (1962)), Joel Grey (Cabaret (1972)), Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons (1966)), Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses (1968)) and José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)).

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Casey Affleck, Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, and Emma Stone in The Oscars (2017)

With her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Fences (2016), Viola Davis became the first black woman to have won a Tony, an Emmy, and an Oscar for acting. Whoopi Goldberg not only has all three awards; she also has a Grammy (making her one of the few "EGOT" honorees, someone who has won all four awards)--but Goldberg won her Tony Award for producing the Broadway show "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1999-2003).

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Julianne Moore and Viola Davis in Dem Himmel so fern (2002)

Friends with Octavia Spencer Meryl Streep, and Denzel Washington.

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Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

Given the choice, she prefers the stage to film acting.

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Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

Born on the same date as Embeth Davidtz.

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Viola Davis in Suicide Squad (2016)

"JuVee Productions" is the company she heads with husband Julius Ju(lius)V(iola).

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Viola Davis in Suicide Squad (2016)

Though she earned an Oscar nomination for it, she said in an NYT interview that she regrets doing the role of Aibileen Clark in The Help.

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Second cousin of Mike Colter. Her maternal grandfather and his paternal grandmother were siblings.

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Viola Davis in Suicide Squad (2016)

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Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

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