Viola Davis Success Story

Viola Davis Success Story

Viola Davis


Viola Davis is an African-American actress and producer. She began her acting career through stage shows. She has won an Obie Award for her performance Everybody’s Ruby. She has been nominated for the Tony Award thrice and won twice for her role in 2001 production of King Hedley II and in 2010 for Fences. Davis was nominated for Indie Spirit Award for Antwone Fisher in 2003.

viola davis with brad pitt and actress octavia spencer

Viola Davis With Brad Pitt

Her performance in Doubt earned her several nominations Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress. She became the first African-American to win Emmy for Best lead actress for How to Get Away With Murder.

Early Life

viola davis childhood

Davis was born to Mary Alice and Dan Davis. Davis’s love for stage acting partially goes to her involvement in the arts at Central Falls High School. She majored in theatre in 1988 and received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts in 2002. She was first discovered by director Bernard Masterson when Davis entered the Young People’s School for the Performing Arts program.


viola davis as dr

Davis began her career by performing stage shows and doing theatre. Eventually she appeared in numerous movies including Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic. Davis has worked even in the television industry. Some of her works include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Traveler and Century City. Davis appeared in It’s Kind of a Funny Story as Dr. Minerva in 2010 which was adapted from a 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.

viola davis in movie kate   leopold with hugh jackman

Viola Davis with Hugh Jackman

She has also given brief performances in several films including Kate & Leopold and Antwone Fisher. She appeared in the movie Blackhat in 2015 opposite Chris Hemsworth and directed by Michael Mann. This movie was a action thriller mystery film. Unfortunately the movie failed to create magic on the big screen and became the first biggest flop of 2015.


viola davis with george clooney

Davis received her Screen Actors Guild in 1996 for the film The Substance of Fire. In 2001, she won Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for King Hedley II. In 2004 she won the Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel.  Davis is the second African-American to win the Tony Award. Davis has acquired critical acclaim for her performance in the screen adaptation of the novel The Help.

She earned two Screen actors Guild Awards and also a Golden Globe Award. She also received a nomination in the BAFTA Awards for the same. Davis is announced to play Amanda Waller in the 2016 DC Comics movie Suicide Squad. He started filming for another movie Custody in March 2015. She is also said to be one of the executive producers of Custody.

Personal Life

viola davis with her husband julius tennon

Davis married actor Julius Tennon in 2003. The couple adopted a daughter in 2013. Also Davis is the step-mother to the two sons from Tennon’s previous relationships.


Peoples Choice, Primetime Emmy
Screen Actors Guild, African-American Film Critics Association
NAACP Image, National Board of Review
Crystal, NAACP Image
Black Reel, Critics Choice, National Board of Review, Satellite, Screen Actors Guild, Black Film Critics Circle, Women Film Critics Circle, BET, Hollywood Film Festiva, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Tony, Drama Desk
Black Reel, National Board of Review, African American Film Critics Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, Houston Film Critics Society, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, Gold Derb
Drama Desk
Drama Desk, Tony
Theatre World

Viola Davis on Ellen Show About Her SAG Awards Speech

Full Name :
Viola Davis
Born :
11th-Aug -1965
Birth Place :
St. Matthews
South Carolina
Education :
Juilliard School New York City,
Central Falls High School Rhode Island,
Rhode Island College
Occupation :
Actress , Producer
Industry :
Networth :
$ 3 Million

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