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10 Things about Viola Davis you probably didn't know

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What you don't know — but should! — about How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know who Viola Davis is. You may know her from the movie The Help or you may know her as bad girl Annalise on How to Get Away with Murder. But I’m sure there are a few things you don’t know about Viola Davis.

1. Ms. Davis was an amazing scholar

Davis won awards and graduated not only from Juilliard but also from Rhode Island College. At both schools she majored in performing arts. All of this training led to Davis’ winning two Tony awards for her work on the stage.

2. Viola Davis has won awards ranging from Tony awards to SAG awards and garnered dozens of nominations as well:

She has been nominated for Academy Awards for The Help and Doubt. Her SAG awards included wins for The Help and How to Get Away with Murder and nominations for Doubt. She has won two Tony awards (King Hedley II and Fences) as well as a nomination for Seven Guitars. She's garnered 49 other nominations for different awards and won 42 other awards including BAFTA and NAACP awards.

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3. Listen closely to the voices in Ocean's Eleven, you might be surprised

Did you know that Viola Davis gives the voice to the parole board interrogator who questions Danny Ocean?

4. Davis played in only one scene in the movie Doubt, which resulted in several award nominations

What you don't know — but should! — about How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis
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Talk about a stellar performance!

5. She's a mother

What you don't know — but should! — about How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis
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Davis has two stepsons and a daughter, who was adopted at one-month old.

6. Davis grew up in poverty with five siblings

She used acting as a way to escape from her home conditions.

More: Viola Davis recounts personal, heartbreaking story about childhood hunger

7. She had a small start

Davis received her SAG card for a small, one-day role where she handed Timothy Hutton a vial of blood. Viola played a nurse in the movie The Substance of Fire where she worked with Hutton and Sarah Jessica Parker.

8. Davis improvises some of her own scenes

What you don't know — but should! — about How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis
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That famous scene where she pulls the wig off her head in How to Get Away with Murder? That was all Davis’ idea.

9. In The Help, Davis portrayed Aibileen, a maid and child-care provider

What you don't know — but should! — about How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis
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In her home life growing up, Davis watched her mother be a maid and civil rights activist. What a great background to give to her role?

10. Annalise is not Davis’ first foray into the bad girl involved in law role

What you don't know — but should! — about How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis
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Davis portrayed serial killer Terry Randolph on the show Law and Order: Criminal Intent. It appears to be one of her favorite roles as she was able to portray the character to her own desires.

More: Viola Davis wants her true-life rags to riches story to be a fairy tale

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