Davis, Viola

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Davis, Viola Gender: F
born on 11 August 1965
Place St.Matthews, South Carolina, 33n40, 80w47
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Scholfield
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Viola Davis (at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con)
photo: Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], v, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American screen and stage actress, producer, philanthropist and social activist whom Time magazine named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017. Having won an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, Viola Davis is the first African-American actress to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting".

Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the 2001 Broadway production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Davis's film breakthrough came in 2008, when her role as a troubled mother in the film Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s. She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for playing Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For starring as a 1960s housemaid in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a SAG Award. In 2014, Davis began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero film Suicide Squad and its upcoming sequel and reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to receive a BAFTA nomination for starring in the heist film Widows (2018).

Davis and her husband, actor Julius Tennon, are founders of a production company, JuVee Productions. Davis is also widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color.

Davis married Julius Tennon in June 2002. In 2011, the couple adopted an infant daughter. Davis is also a stepmother to Tennon's children from previous relationships.

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  • Work : Prize 3 June 2001 (Tony, Best Featured Actress in a Play)
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  • Work : Prize 13 June 2010 (Tony, Best Leading Actress in a Play)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2011 (Adopted an infant daughter)
  • Work : Prize 20 September 2015 (Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
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  • Work : Prize 5 January 2017 (Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)
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  • Work : Prize 26 February 2017 (2016 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes her on Twitter, "The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life....I own it....all of it" (posted 11 August 2000) [1], and in an interview, "In a sit-down with Jess Cagle, editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, Davis recounted her short time living on her grandmother’s farm, which was on Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. “I wasn’t on it long, because I was the fifth child, and so we moved soon after I was born,” she said during the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview" ("Viola Davis recalls her grandmother's home on a former plantation" gy Kara Warner, Entertainment Weekly, 4 Aug 2016 [2]).


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, African-American)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Abject poverty)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second youngest of six)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, TV, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award