Viola Davis
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United States
2018

JuVee Productions

Viola
Davis

Actor

Davis is one of the most in-demand actresses of her generation, scoring top roles in studio blockbusters, independent films, network television and Broadway. Her career went to a whole new level in 2017 when she took home an Academy Award for “Fences.” Her most recent praiseworthy role is in Steve McQueen’s thriller “Widows,” which debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The only black thespian to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony, in 2015 Davis became the first black woman to win the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” which just entered its fifth season. She’s also busy as a producer via JuVee Productions, her eponymously named company with husband Julius Tennon.

Career

  • THE HELP
  • FENCES
  • HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Actors to Watch
  • Variety Power of Women
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Viola Davis Says She Regrets Her Role in 'The Help'

Viola Davis Says She Regrets Her Role in 'The Help'

Viola Davis revealed that she has some regrets about one of her Oscar-nominated roles."Have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and 'The Help' is on that list," Viola Davis told the New York Times at the Toronto Film Festival Tuesday. As part of a slew of questions submitted by Times readers, Davis shared personal ruminations on her career, including the constant pressure to be a beacon of hope for women of color. "Being that role model and picking...

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