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 Fast Facts:Her introduction to acting came in her teens during her time with Upward Bound, a program that assists low-income students in graduating high school and enrolling in college; Davis continues to support the organization as a speaker, role model and cofounder of an endowment fund.
  • Traveled to Africa when awarded a scholarship in 1981 to study the role of art in native cultures.
  • Made her feature-film debut in 1996's The Substance of Fire.
  • Among her theater awards: a Tony nomination for August Wilson's Seven Guitars (1996); an Obie for Everybody's Ruby (1999); a Tony and a Drama Desk Award  for Wilson's King Hedley II (2001); Drama Desk and Obie Awards for her role in Intimate Apparel (2004); and a Tony Award for Fences (2010).
  • Has worked several times with director Steven Soderbergh, including the films Out of Sight (1998), Traffic (2000) and Solaris (2002).
  • Received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree in 2002 from Rhode Island College, her alma mater.
  • Consulted with her mother frequently about her mom's experiences working as a maid to help create the backstory for Aibileen, Davis' character from 2011's The Help.
  • Named to the 2012 TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • Viola Davis Relationships:
  • Genesis - Daughter
  • Julius Tennon - Husband
  • Dianne Wright - Sister
  • Dan Davis - Father
  • Deloris Grant - Sister
  • Mary Davis - Mother
  • Viola Davis Awards:
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2011 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 2011 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Leading Actress - Nominee
  • 2010 Tony: Actress (Play) - Winner
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2001 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
  • 2012 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1996 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2008 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • College:
  • Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (BA in Theater, 1988); The Juilliard School, New York, NY (Theater Arts, 1994)

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