Viola Davis
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JuVee Productions

Viola
Davis

President / CEO / Actress

Oscar winner Viola Davis has become one of the most in-demand actresses of her generation, scoring top roles in big studio blockbusters, challenging independent films, network television, and the hot-lights of Broadway.

Her career went to a whole new level in 2017 when she took home an Academy Award for reprised her stage role from the August Wilson drama “Fences,” taking it to the big screen for director and co-star Denzel Washington.

Born in South Carolina but raised in Rhode Island, she became interested in acting as a high school student, before majoring in theater at Rhode Island College. After attending the Young People’s School for the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School, she starred in an off-Broadway show before securing early small-screen roles and making the leap into features. She also co-starred in the 2016 global sensation “Suicide Squad,” which racked up close to $800 million in worldwide ticket sales.

In 2014, Davis was cast as lawyer Annalise Keating on ABC’s smash-hit “How to Get Away with Murder,” and won the 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first black woman of any nationality to do so. Davis is the only black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony.

Davis is also busy as a producer via Juvee Productions, her company with husband Julius Tennon. Among their projects was an hourlong special about high-school education, “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” which aired on four broadcast networks.

Career

  • SUICIDE SQUAD
  • BLACKHAT
  • FENCES

Education

  • Rhode Island College (RI, USA)
  • The Juilliard School (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 10 Actors to Watch
  • Variety Power of Women

Philanthropy

News from Variety

TV News Roundup: Viola Davis to Produce 'XQ Super School Live' Event

TV News Roundup: Viola Davis to Produce 'XQ Super School Live' Event

In today's roundup, NBC gives a commitment to drama pilot "The Unrequited," while Viola Davis will exec produce the multi-network live event "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live."DEVELOPMENTNBC has given showrunner Kevin Falls a put pilot order for "The Unrequited," Variety has confirmed. The hourlong drama series will tell the story of four adult siblings who descend on their mother’s home for their father's funeral, the former governor of California. After the youngest and only son finds an old, unopened love letter...

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