Viola Davis

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  • Birth Name: Viola Davis
  • Birth Place: Saint Matthews, SC
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/11/1965, Leo
  • Profession: Actor
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Viola Davis: Most Roles Offered to Black Actresses Are “Mammy-ish”

Viola Davis says she's tired of being offered roles that she describes as "downtrodden" or "mammy-ish."

In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, the How to Get Away with Murder star says there simply aren't enough meaty roles being offered to black women in Hollywood — and, she adds, those given to Halle Berry and her Shondaland counterpartScandal's Kerry Washington, don't count.

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Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo Is Quitting Acting?!

For Ellen Pompeo, there's really nowhere to go after Grey's Anatomy — at least as far as acting is concerned.

"I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's," Pompeo said at a BuzzFeed Brews event Wednesday. read more

Ask Matt: The Fall Season, Once Upon a Time, USA Shows, Emmys, Longmire and More

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I really enjoy your column and appreciate your insights. You've done well for me over the past few years, suggesting great shows that I really loved including Friday Night Lights, Lost, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife. I even watched the entire series of Fringe on Netflix based upon your recommendation. Now though, nothing looks that great for this coming fall. Can you tell me if there is something coming that is worth adding to my list? — Julie

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Videos

Oprah's Oscar® Special - clip - Octavia Spencer's Cinderella Moment
Beautiful Creatures: I Have A Petition
Beautiful Creatures: Kyle Gallner On W
Syriana Scene: These Gentlemen Are Wit

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Won't Back Down
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Help (2010)
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Ender's Game
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Prisoners (2013)

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The Buttercups
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Doubt
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Doubt
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Sen. John Kerry: Jonathan Alter, Author

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Credits

Year Title Description
2014 Get On Up Movie, Actor - Susie Brown
2014 66th Primetime Emmy Awards TV Show Series, Appearing
2014 How to Get Away with Murder TV Show Series, Actor - Annalise Keating
2014 Thank God It's Thursday on ABC TV Show Series, Appearing
2014 86th Academy Awards TV Show Series, Appearing

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News

VIDEO: Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo Welcome Viola Davis to Shondaland

Shondaland has a new resident.

This fall, ABC's Thursday night lineup will be all Shonda Rhimes all the time, with Grey's Anatomy and Scandal leading into Rhimes' latest effort, the law school drama How to Get Away with Murder.

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Critic's Notebook: ABC at TCA

The verdict is still out regarding ABC's middling batch of new shows for the fall — as often happens, many of the network's more tantalizing projects are being held until midseason — but as ABC stepped into the TCA press-tour spotlight on Tuesday, the vibe was unusually positive because of one overarching hot-button issue: diversity. (For more ABC news, go here.)

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VIDEO: Get a First Look at ABC's Selfie, New Shonda Rhimes Drama and More New Fall Shows

ABC has released trailers for its new fall series, including the comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, as well as Shonda Rhimes' new drama How to Get Away with Murder. Check out the first looks below:

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Viola Davis Lands Lead in ABC Pilot How to Get Away With Murder

Viola Davis has landed the leading role in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller... read more

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Charlie Rose - Peter Beinart; Viola Davis and Kenny Leon (June 8, 2010)
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Charlie Rose - Rick Stengel and Kurt Andersen / Viola Davis (December 14, 2011)
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