Viola Davis

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Viola Davis poses backstage the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Davis won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in “Fences.” The role has also won her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

Lydia Masset, Staff Writer

Viola Davis is an actress and producer for plays, movies, and television shows. Born in South Carolina, she would be the second youngest of six children. Her, her parents, and two of her sisters later moved to Rhode Island where she spent the majority of her childhood. She attended high school in Rhode Island and a performing arts high school. In high school she participated in several groups that helped her to realize her love for performing. Afterwards she attended Rhode Island College and the Juilliard School.
After school, her career took off. She has now appeared on Broadway multiple times, and received a Tony for her role in King Hedley II. She has appeared in many films including “It’s Kind of a Funny story”, “Lila and Eve,” and “Suicide Squad.” Not only did she play the role of Judge Martha
Sherman in the movie “Custody,” but she was also one of the movies executive producers. Davis is most well known for her lead role as Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder”, a popular television drama.
She has been nominated and won countless awards for film, television, and performing, including being the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also been listed in Time Magazine for being one of the most influential
people in the world.
Davis is married to Julius Tennon, who is also an actor. They adopted their daughter Genesis in 2011. Davis continues to act and win awards for her in TV shows and movies.

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” — speech at  the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards