Viola Davis Biography
Viola Davis,an American actress and producer born on August 11, 1965, Saint Matthews, South Carolina.She is the daughter of Mary Alice Logan and Dan Davis.Her father worked as a horse groom at nearby racetracks while her mother took on domestic and factory jobs.
Davis attended Central Falls High School before she enrolled at Rhode Island College, where she majored in theatre and graduated in 1988.She was awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college in 2002.After her graduation from Rhode Island, Davis attended the Juilliard School for four years
Viola Davis Career
Davis made her Broadway debut in 1996 after starring in the film, Seven Guitars in which she played the long-suffering paramour of a musician recently released from prison.
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.
Viola Davis later played a maid who works for a well-intentioned but cloistered housewife Far from Heaven in 2002 and also the mother of the title character in Antwone Fisher in the same year.
in the year 2008 and in the film Doubt, Viola Davis played the mother of a young man who may have been molested by a Roman Catholic priest.Her performance in this film earned her Academy and Golden Globe award nominations for best supporting actress.
Viola also starred in the film The Help in the year 2011 and her performance earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe nods for best actress.
In February 2014, Davis was cast in Peter Nowalk’s pilot How to Get Away with Murder as the lead character.In 2015 she landed the role of a supporting actor in the film Blackhat and later in 2016 she featured in the hit film,Suicide Squad and also in the film Fences.
Viola Davis Husband
The talented actor, Davis married fellow actor Julius Tennon, in June 2003 and the two have a daughter whom they adopted as a newborn in October 2011.
Viola Davis Children
The talented actor, Davis and her actor husband Julius Tennon, have a daughter, Genesis, whom they adopted as a newborn in October 2011 and two other kids from Tennon’s previous marriage.
Viola Davis Networth
Viola Davis has a net worth of $3 million.
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Viola Davis Book
On October 10, Davis announced that she would write the sequel to the classic picture book Corduroy, titled Corduroy Takes a Bow. In a press release, Davis stated that “Corduroy has always held a special place in my life, first as a child paging through it, and then again with my daughter, introducing her to the adventures of that adorable teddy bear”. On March 13, 2018, Davis shared the cover of the book on her Twitter page.
Viola Davis Charity Works
In 2011, Davis donated funds to her hometown public library in Central Falls, Rhode Island to assist in preventing its closure due to a lack of city funding. In 2018, Davis donated funds to her alma mater, Central Falls High School, for its theatre program.
As part of her Partnership with Vaseline to promote the Vaseline Healing Project, Davis attended the groundbreaking of a free community health center in Central Falls, Rhode Island in October 2016 that was sponsored by the project. The project provides dermatological care to help heal the skin of those affected by poverty around the world.
Since 2014, Davis has collaborated with the Hunger Is campaign to help eradicate childhood hunger across America. Speaking on her work, Davis said that “seventeen million kids in this country, so one in five kids in this country, go to bed hungry. I was one of those kids, because I grew up in abject poverty; I did everything that you could possibly imagine to get food: I rummaged in the garbage cans, I stole from the local store constantly.” As an honoree at the 2014 Variety Power of Women luncheon, Davis further commented that “the thing that made me join…was the word ‘eradicate’, ‘get rid of’ – not by thirty-percent not by twenty-percent not by fifty-percent, but to do away with it. Because everyone should be a child, and should grow up and have a chance at the American dream”. In September, 2017, Davis kickstarted the $30K in 30 Days Project with Hunger Is, awarding a $1,000 grant to the Rhode Island Community food bank in her home state.
Viola Davis Awards
The talented actor has been awarded numerous awards for her performances which are as follows: For her work in film, she has won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.For her work in television she has won a Primetime Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. For her work in theatre, she has won two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards.She is also a three-time Academy Award nominee.