Viola Davis
American actress
Viola Davis
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).
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Viola Davis won an Oscar and gave an amazing speech; no one is surprised
Chicago Times - about 13 hours
As expected, Viola Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Fences." As soon as she took the stage, everyone knew we were in for a heck of a speech. "You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that's the graveyard," a teary-eyed...
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Real talk, casual vibe at annual Oscar-week Sistahs Soiree
LATimes - 3 days
“Can I wrap myself in this blanket, or is that tacky?” Viola Davis asked, pointing at a faux fur throw. “Girl, of course,” Alfre Woodard replied, encouraging Davis to break up the  just-so couch arrangement. At any other Oscar-week gathering it  might seem uncouth to  actually use the fancy blanket...
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The Essence Women In Hollywood Event Was Full Of Black Girl Magic
Huffington Post - 3 days
Essence magazine held its 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday night, where four black women were honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry.  Among the nominees were Aja Naomi King of “How to Get Away With Murder”, Yara Shahidi of "Black-ish", Janelle Monae of "Hidden Figures" and Issa Rae of "Insecure." The four women each took the stage to accept their awards at the Beverly Wiltshire Four Seasons, where guests in attendance included Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis.  The event will air on March 5 on OWN, but until then, check out some of the beauties who attended below:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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There Are No Words To Describe How Good Viola Davis Looked Last Night
Huffington Post - 4 days
We’d love to tell you all about how absolutely stunning our national treasure Viola Davis looked at the 8th Annual Oscars Sistahs Soiree in Beverly Hills Wednesday night. Unfortunately, we can’t. Because there are no words that could do her and her dress justice. We could say the perfectly form-fitting, plunging black dress looked great on her figure, and that still wouldn’t sum it up. We could explain how the edgy cut-outs are a welcome departure from Davis’ typically classic style, and bask in how good she looks from every angle. Yet, that still wouldn’t be enough to express our many feelings. We might even try to capture through written word how beautiful some of the other attendees ― including Octavia Spencer, Ruth Negga, Rosario Dawson and Tracee Ellis Ross ― looked in fringe, bold patterns and sheer outfits.   Unfortunately, we’re too busy trying to emulate their magic to do it. So, in lieu of all that, here are a few more photos to swoon over. You’re ...
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Oscars red carpet: Stylists to Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams share secrets
ABC News - 5 days
The stylists dish on how they dressed this year's nominees.
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Viola Davis says being an Oscar frontrunner isn't always great: 'It makes it worse'
Fox News - 8 days
The 51-year-old actress isn't going to expect to win.....
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At the Oscars Governors Ball, the truffle popcorn will be dusted with gold and the corn dogs made of lobster
LATimes - 11 days
After months of SoulCycle classes, trips to the sweat lodge and scant carbohydrates, most of the stars who walk into the Governors Ball after the Academy Awards are ready to indulge. And if Emma Stone, Viola Davis or Ryan Gosling want to pig out post-Oscars, Wolfgang Puck will be prepared. The...
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The Oscar Hunt: Smiling, Even When the Oscar Race Is a Losing Marathon
NYTimes - 11 days
Viola Davis has collected a pile of awards for “Fences” and is expected to win an Oscar, too. Yet her contenders remain upbeat. They have their reasons.
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The Ever-Sophisticated 'Grimm' Star Bitsie Tulloch Looks Toward A Bright Future
Huffington Post - 12 days
"I love doing period pieces!" Gushed the classically stunning actress of both The Artist and Parkland, San Diego native Bitsie Tulloch, finishing the thought by saying; "When you get to be in wardrobe from another time it's so much easier to envision being there." And luckily for the enchanting starlet, her timeless beauty and poised talent can translate to any moment in history from the renaissance to the present. Elegant and statuesque in a Mad Men like way, Tulloch could very easily party with Don Draper and Holly Golightly one second, then immediately transform into an upper-class mademoiselle ready to walk down the stairs of the Titanic the next, while always managing to be able to play someone completely contemporary that the every girl can relate to in modern day. And perhaps that is why the fan-favorite actress has become so vehemently adored with such a loyal fan-base. On the cult phenomenon Grimm, Tulloch has really managed to tap into the sweet spot of all of her mos ...
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Women's mentorship takes spotlight at the Watermark Conference
The Huffington Post - 14 days
One could hear a pin drop as Emmy-winning actress and keynote speaker Viola Davis talked about growing up in abject poverty in North Carolina and being inspired by Cecily Tyson. "I'm going to control the narrative out there for people of color. I'm going to be the change. If you own your own story, that is how you live life bigger than yourself," Viola asked the six thousand female executives in the audience at the 2017 Watermark Conference for Women at the San Jose convention center this February to embrace their roots and own their story. More...
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12 Baby Names Inspired By Black Stars Who Are Making History
Huffington Post - 17 days
In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to activists, pop culture icons and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, we’re focusing on the present ― the history that’s being made right now with this year’s increased numbers of nominees and winners of various screen awards. Many more people of color made the lists this year than in years past, and these include not just actors, but also directors, producers, writers and musicians. Here are some of the more outstanding names for baby name inspiration. August August Wilson ― the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. ― wrote both the play and screenplay for “Fences,” which won him a posthumous Oscar nom. August is by far the most popular month name for boys, now at number 195, and a celebrity favorite.  Ava Ava DuVernay has won several past awards and is the first black woman nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, for her film “13th.”  The na ...
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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis detail their three favorite 'Fences' scenes
LATimes - 18 days
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis played married couple Troy and Rose Maxson 114 times in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences.” That number came up often in a recent conversation with the pair while Davis was on her lunch break from shooting her TV series, “How to Get Away With...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Viola Davis
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    In 2016, Davis starred in the courtroom drama Custody, on which she also served as an executive producer, and played Amanda Waller in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad, a film adaptation of a comic book series of the same name.
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    She received a second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the role in 2016.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    In 2015, Davis appeared in Blackhat, a Michael Mann-directed thriller film starring Chris Hemsworth.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Lila & Eve with Jennifer Lopez. Davis also served as a producer.
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It began as a series in September 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    On June 25, 2012, The Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Davis was part of the new group of entertainment professionals who have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Davis reunited with The Help director Tate Taylor in Get on Up, a biopic of James Brown, playing Brown's mother. Her daughter Genesis also appeared in the movie.
    On June 12, 2012, Davis was presented with the Women in Film's Crystal Award by her friend and Oscar rival that year Meryl Streep.
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    Also in 2012, Glamour magazine named Davis Glamour's Film Actress of the year.
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    In 2012, Time magazine listed Davis as one of the most influential people in the world.
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  • 2011
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance, Davis garnered great critical acclaim, and eventually received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as her second Academy Award nomination, which she ultimately lost to Meryl Streep. She also received Golden Globe Award and BAFTA nominations for the same performance.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    On June 13, 2010, Davis won her second Tony Award for her role as Rose Maxson in a revival of August Wilson's Fences.
    More Details Hide Details She is the second African-American woman to win the award, after Phylicia Rashad. Davis played the role of Dr. Minerva in It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    On June 30, 2009, Davis was inducted into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    In 2008, Davis played Mrs. Miller in the film adaptation to the Broadway play Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.
    More Details Hide Details Though Davis had only one scene in the film, she was nominated for several awards for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 38
    She has also won another Drama Desk Award for her work in a 2004 off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.
    More Details Hide Details Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh – Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced. Viola was also the uncredited voice of the parole board interrogator who questions Danny Ocean (George Clooney) in the first scene in Ocean's Eleven. She also gave brief performances in the films Kate & Leopold and Antwone Fisher. Her television work includes a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, starring roles in two short-lived series, Traveler and Century City, and a special guest appearance in a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode entitled "Badge".
  • 2003
    Age 37
    Davis married actor Julius Tennon in June 2003.
    More Details Hide Details They have a daughter, Genesis, whom they adopted as a newborn in October 2011. Davis is stepmother to Tennon's two sons from previous relationships. Davis has a younger sister who was a child victim of sexual assault. She is a cousin of actor Mike Colter, who is known for portraying the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    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."
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  • 1996
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was paid $528.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was involved in the federal TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services programs. While Davis was a teenager, her talent was recognized by Bernard Masterson when she entered the program at the Young People's School for the Performing Arts in West Warwick, Rhode Island while he was the director. She also attended the Juilliard School for four years, as a member of the Drama Division's Group 22 (1989–1993).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on August 11, 1965.
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