Viola Davis
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United States
2019

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, television shows and Broadway productions. Her career jumped to a new level in 2017 with the Academy Award for “Fences.” The only black thespian to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony, in 2015 Davis became the first black woman to win the lead drama actress Emmy for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” and she nabbed yet another nomination as the show heads into its final season before wrapping in 2020. This summer, Davis — who runs JuVee Productions with actor-producer husband Julius Tennon — inked another small-screen project that could become her buzziest role yet: portraying Michelle Obama in Showtime’s one-hour drama “First Ladies.” 

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
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Actors to Watch
  • Variety Power of Women
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