Viola Davis

Born Aug 11, 1965

Viola Davis is an American actress. Beginning her career on the stage, Davis won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in King Hedley II (2001). She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004). She won a second Tony and a third Drama Desk Award for her role in Fences (2010). Some of her notable films include Traffic (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), Solaris (2002) and The Help (2011).… Read More

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1965 Birth Born on August 11, 1965.


1988 22 Years Old Davis partially credits her love of stage acting with her involvement in the arts at her alma mater, Central Falls High School. Davis majored in theater at Rhode Island College, graduating in 1988; in 2002 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college. … Read More


1996 30 Years Old Davis received her Screen Actors Guild card in 1996 for doing one day of work as a nurse who passes a vial of blood to Timothy Hutton in the film The Substance of Fire. … Read More
2001 35 Years Old In 2001, she won the Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II, a "35-year-old mother fighting eloquently for the right to abort a pregnancy."
2003 37 Years Old Davis married actor Julius Tennon in June 2003. … Read More
2004 38 Years Old She has also won another Drama Desk Award for her work in a 2004 off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. … Read More


2008 42 Years Old In 2008, Davis played Mrs. Miller in the film adaptation to the Broadway play Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. … Read More
2009 43 Years Old On June 30, 2009, Davis was inducted into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
2010 44 Years Old On June 13, 2010, Davis won her second Tony Award for her role as Rose Maxson in a revival of August Wilson's Fences. … Read More
2011 45 Years Old In August 2011, Davis played the role of Aibileen Clark in the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help, directed by Tate Taylor. … Read More
In 2012, Time magazine listed Davis as one of the most influential people in the world.
2014 48 Years Old In February 2014, Davis was cast in Peter Nowalk's pilot How to Get Away with Murder (executive produced by Shonda Rhimes for her ShondaLand production company) as the lead character. … Read More
2015 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 20, 2015, she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.


2016 50 Years Old 1 More Event
She received a second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the role in 2016.
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