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.
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.
Did you know that Viola Davis gives the voice to the parole board interrogator who questions Danny Ocean?
Talk about a stellar performance!
Davis has two stepsons and a daughter, who was adopted at one-month old.
She used acting as a way to escape from her home conditions.
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.
That famous scene where she pulls the wig off her head in How to Get Away with Murder? That was all Davis’ idea.
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?
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.
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