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Viola Davis Biography

 
Bio:
Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in several films and television ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in several films and television ... (read complete bio)

Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the 2001 Broadway production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Davis's film breakthrough came in 2008, when her role as a troubled mother in the film Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s. She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for playing Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For starring as a 1960s housemaid in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a SAG Award. In 2014, Davis began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero film Suicide Squad and its upcoming sequel and reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to receive a BAFTA nomination for starring in the heist film Widows (2018).

Viola Davis Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, Fences
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Special Citations Gold Star
Viola Davis
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis , Fences
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, Fences
 
The Lortels - 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Obie Awards - 2004 - Performance Gold Star
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, King Hedley II
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, King Hedley II
 
Obie Awards - 1999 - Performance Gold Star
Viola Davis, Everybody's Ruby
 
Theatre World Awards - 1996 - Performance Gold Star
Viola Davis, Seven Guitars
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Viola Davis, Seven Guitars