1. Viola Davis was the first African-American woman to win the Outstanding Lead Actress Award in a Drama series and she gave a memorable speech.
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12. Viola Davis was born in St Matthews, South Carolina, at her grandparents' house on the Singleton Plantation.
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14. Viola Davis assumed a supporting role in Michael Mann's cybercrime thriller Blackhat.
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15. In 2014 Viola Davis played the mother of soul singer James Brown in the biopic Get On Up and took a supporting role as a college professor in the romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
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16. In 1996 Viola Davis made her Broadway debut in August Wilson's Seven Guitars, in which she played the long-suffering paramour of a musician recently released from prison, a performance that earned her a Tony Award nomination.
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17. Viola Davis was raised in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father found work as a horse groom at nearby racetracks and her mother took on domestic and factory jobs.
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20. Viola Davis is the second cousin of actor Mike Colter, who is known for portraying the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage.
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21. Viola Davis is the daughter of Mary Alice and Dan Viola Davis and is the second youngest of six children.
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24. In 2015, Viola Davis won an Emmy for her role and made history, becoming the first African-American performer to win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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25. Viola Davis is set to star in the Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows.
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27. Viola Davis steals the spotlight, giving a powerhouse performance in Steve McQueen's Widows.
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31. In 2018, Viola Davis starred in the Steve McQueen–directed heist thriller Widows, an adaptation of the popular 1983 British miniseries.
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33. Viola Davis reprised her role as Rose Maxson for the film adaptation of Fences, for which she received her third Academy Award nomination, making her the first black actress in history to achieve this feat.
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34. On June 12, 2012, Viola Davis was presented with the Women in Film's Crystal Award by her friend and Oscar rival that year, Meryl Streep.
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35. Viola Davis was praised for her performance and eventually received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as her second Academy Award nomination, which she ultimately lost to Meryl Streep.
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40. Steve McQueen didn't want Viola Davis wearing a wig in 'Widows'.
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42. Viola Davis gives a breathtakingly pure performance as Veronica, a high-ranking officer with the Chicago Teachers Union who has been married for 20 years to Liam Neeson's Harry.
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44. Viola Davis thinks Steve McQueen is "one the greatest directors out there".
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49. Viola Davis continues to perform on a level all her own in Steve McQueen's taut and thrilling Widows.
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50. Steve McQueen didn't want Viola Davis wearing a wig in Widows.
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64. In the new film from director Steve McQueen, Viola Davis plays Veronica Rawlins, a woman who takes.
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69. Viola Davis was awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from her undergraduate alma mater, Rhode Island College, in 2002.
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70. Viola Davis is a Christian and regularly attends services at Oasis Church in Los Angeles.
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74. On March 13, 2018, Viola Davis shared the cover of the book on her Twitter page.
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77. Viola Davis reprised her role as Rose Maxson for the film adaptation of Fences, for which she received critical acclaim and her third Academy Award nomination, making her the first black actress in history to achieve this feat.
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78. On September 26, it was announced that Viola Davis had been cast in the Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows, an adaptation of the popular 1983 British miniseries.
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79. In 2016, Viola Davis starred in the courtroom drama Custody, on which she served as an executive producer, and played Amanda Waller in the film Suicide Squad, an adaptation of a DC Comics series of the same name.
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82. On September 20, 2015, Viola Davis became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role on How To Get Away With Murder.
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84. Viola Davis reunited with The Help director Tate Taylor in Get on Up, a biopic of James Brown, playing Brown's mother.
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86. On June 12, 2012, Viola Davis was presented with the Women in Film's Crystal Award by her friend and Oscar rival that year Meryl Streep.
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94. Viola Davis is a second cousin of actor Mike Colter, known for portraying the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage.
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96. Viola Davis was born in St Matthews, South Carolina on August 11, 1965.
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