She is known for her award-winning performances on screen and stage
Actress Viola Davis turns 55 today
Born in South Carolina, Viola Davis grew up in Rhode Island, where she began acting first in high school and then at Rhode Island College. After attending the Juilliard School of Performing Arts, Davis made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Seven Guitars. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in King Hedley II (2001) and a revival of August Wilson’s Fences (2010), which co-starred Denzel Washington. Her film work includes Doubt (2008), for which she received an Oscar nomination, The Help (2011), Ender’s Game (2013) and Get on Up (2014). In 2015, she became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the television series How to Get Away with Murder. She reprised her role-playing Rose Maxson in the 2016 film adaptation of Fences, directed and co-starring Denzel Washington, for which she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2017. Davis married actor Julius Tennon, in June 2003. In 2011, Davis and her husband adopted an infant daughter. Davis is stepmother to Tennon’s son and daughter from previous relationships.
Watch Viola Davis in the heist thriller film “Widows”
Also, watch Viola Davis wins Best Supporting Actress for the film “Fences”
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