97 Facts About Viola Davis

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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2. Viola Davis got two SAG Awards for the same role in the year 2015 and 2016.

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3. Viola Davis bagged the lead role in the 2011 film, 'The Help'.

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4. Viola Davis got her breakthrough role in 2008 in the film, 'Doubt' which earned her several nominations in the Golden Globe, SAG and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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5. Viola Davis has graced a number of television shows such as Century City, Law and Order, Traveler, and.

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6. Viola Davis completed her high school education from Central Falls High School.

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7. Viola Davis is an American by nationality and belongs to African-American ethnicity.

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8. Viola Davis has a stepson and a stepdaughter from Tennon's previous relationships.

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9. Viola Davis is stepmother to Tennon's two sons from previous relationships.

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10. Viola Davis appeared in Blackhat, a Michael Mann-directed thriller film starring Chris Hemsworth.

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11. Viola Davis received her Screen Actors Guild card in 1996 for doing one day of work as a nurse who passes a vial of blood to Timothy Hutton in the film The Substance of Fire.

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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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13. Viola Davis reteamed with Washington for the 2016 film adaptation of Fences, which he directed.

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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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18. Viola Davis was the uncredited voice of the parole board interrogator who questions Danny Ocean in the first scene in Ocean's Eleven.

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19. Viola Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh—Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced.

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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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22. Viola Davis lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Julius Tennon.

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23. In 2017 Viola Davis received her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.

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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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26. Viola Davis worked with the director and screenwriter Tate Taylor to refine her character, making sure that her responses and actions were believable.

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27. Viola Davis steals the spotlight, giving a powerhouse performance in Steve McQueen's Widows.

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28. In September, 2017, Viola Davis kick-started 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.

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29. In 2018, Viola Davis donated funds to her alma mater, Central Falls High School, for its theater program.

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30. On October 10, 2017, Viola Davis announced that she would write the sequel to the classic picture book Corduroy, titled Corduroy Takes a Bow.

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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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32. On January 6, 2017, Viola Davis was presented with the 2,597th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by her Doubt co-star and friend Meryl Streep.

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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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36. In 2008, Viola Davis played Mrs Miller in the film adaptation to the Broadway play Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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37. Viola Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh, Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced.

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38. Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965, in St Matthews, South Carolina, the daughter of Mary Alice and Dan Davis.

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39. Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965 and is an American actress and producer.

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40. Steve McQueen didn't want Viola Davis wearing a wig in 'Widows'.

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41. Viola Davis quit a 28-day cleanse after two days and we relate so badly.

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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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43. Viola Davis attending the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017, in New York City.

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44. Viola Davis thinks Steve McQueen is "one the greatest directors out there".

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45. Viola Davis learned quickly that insane cleanses and real life don't mix.

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46. Viola Davis could only last two days on ridiculous cleanse.

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47. Viola Davis gave up on a 28-day juice cleanse after just 2 days : 'I don't have time for this'.

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48. Viola Davis is receiving rave reviews as Veronica Rawlins in "Widows", a role that has put last year's Oscar winner for best supporting actress right back in the awards discussion.

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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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51. Viola Davis talks new film, 'Widows,' and her 8-year-old daughter's wisdom.

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52. Viola Davis is all smiles as she hits the red carpet with her cast mates at the New York special screening of their latest film Widows held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday in New York City.

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53. Viola Davis appeared on Tuesday's "Tonight Show" to share a story many can relate to about how she and the cast of her new movie, "Widows", went on a 28-day cleanse together.

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54. Viola Davis keeps it cool and casual in a blazer while arriving at the discussion for her film Widows held at 92nd Street Y on Tuesday in New York City.

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55. Viola Davis is one of the greatest actors of her generation.

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56. Viola Davis claims that she couldn't hack it in a cleanse challenge with the rest of the cast of 'Widows.

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57. Viola Davis is a total failure at fasting—and she's fine with that.

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58. Viola Davis is taking on her latest role in the upcoming film, "Widows.

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59. Viola Davis talks new film, 'Widows' and the epic life lesson given by her 8-year-old daughter: 'She teaches me a lot'.

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60. Viola Davis sits down for 'Widows' and talks about why her.

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61. Viola Davis plays Veronica Rawlings, a Chicago teachers' union executive who—and this is the one implausible element—happens.

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62. Viola Davis is front and center as Veronica, an unreal housewife to an elite criminal living in a two-tone castle in the skies of Chicago—she says she's got a gig with the Teacher's Union but for all intents and purposes as this movie plays.

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63. Viola Davis says she was inspired to make Annalise Keating pansexual after watching an episode of I Am Jazz.

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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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65. Viola Davis is a three-time Oscar nominee and Oscar-winner for her turn in Fences, but there is something that she has not experienced until her new film Widows.

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66. Viola Davis stars as Veronica Rawlins, the glamorous and fashionable wife of Harry Rawlins.

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67. Viola Davis stars—in a cast that includes Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya and Colin Farrell—as the ringleader of a group of women who plan a robbery after their husbands are killed trying to pull off a different heist.

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68. Viola Davis stars as a bad ass, take charge wife in the upcoming high intensity film, "Widows.

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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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71. Viola Davis is stepmother to Tennon's son and daughter from previous relationships.

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72. In September, 2017, Viola 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.

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73. In 2018, Viola Davis donated funds to her alma mater, Central Falls High School, for its theatre program.

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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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75. On January 22, 2018, Viola Davis debuted Two-Sides, a documentary series exploring police brutality towards the African-American community.

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76. On January 6, 2017, Viola Davis was presented with the 2,597th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Doubt-costar and friend Meryl Streep.

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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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80. In 2015, Viola Davis appeared in Blackhat, a Michael Mann-directed thriller film starring Chris Hemsworth.

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81. Viola Davis won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2014 and 2015.

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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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83. In February 2014, Viola Davis was cast in Peter Nowalk's pilot How to Get Away with Murder as the lead character.

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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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85. On January 5, 2017, Viola Davis received the 2,597th star on the Walk of Fame.

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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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87. Viola Davis described her performance in the film as channeling her mother and grandmother saying, "I feel like I brought my mom to life; I've channeled her spirit.

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88. In August 2011, Viola Davis played the role of Aibileen Clark, a housemaid in 1960s Mississippi, in the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help, directed by Tate Taylor.

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89. Viola Davis played the role of Dr Minerva in It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.

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90. On June 13, 2010, Viola Davis won her second Tony Award for her role as Rose Maxson in a revival of August Wilson's Fences.

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91. Viola Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh—Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced.

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92. Viola Davis received her Screen Actors Guild card in 1996 for doing one day of work, playing a nurse who passes a vial of blood to Timothy Hutton in the film The Substance of Fire.

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93. Viola Davis attended Central Falls High School, the alma mater to which she partially credits her love of stage acting with her involvement in the arts.

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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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95. At the age of two, Viola Davis was taken to jail with her mother after she was arrested during a civil rights protest.

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96. Viola Davis was born in St Matthews, South Carolina on August 11, 1965.

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97. Viola Davis is widely regarded for her advocacy and support of the Civil Rights Movement and equal rights for women and women of color, and identifies as a feminist.

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