Viola Davis
Courtesy of Viola Davis
United States
2021

JuVee Productions

Viola
Davis

Davis is an icon known for playing other icons, as only she can. She is an Oscar, Emmy and two-time Tony-award-winning actor and producer, and in March 2021 became the most-nominated Black actress in the history of the Academy Awards, earning her fourth Oscar nod for playing Ma Rainey, the “Mother of the Blues,” in the Netflix adaptation of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Davis also wrapped up a six-year run playing the terrifyingly effective attorney Annalise Keating on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” in 2020 before moving on to playing former First Lady Michelle Obama in upcoming Showtime series “The First Lady,” which she is also executive producing under her JuVee Productions banner.

Career

  • WIDOWS
  • THE SUICIDE SQUAD
  • MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Actors to Watch
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Variety Power of Women

Philanthropy

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Viola Davis Reveals a Director Called Her by His Maid’s Name, Speaks Out on Hollywood’s Slow Race Progress (EXCLUSIVE)

Viola Davis Reveals a Director Called Her by His Maid’s Name, Speaks Out on Hollywood’s Slow Race Progress (EXCLUSIVE)

Viola Davis joined Variety and Kering at the Cannes Film Festival for a powerful Women In Motion conversation in which she revealed a director once called her by his maid's name. The Oscar and Emmy-winning actor was talking about Hollywood's perception of Black actors and how the amount of roles she can play remains limited due to her skin color, even at her A-list stature."I had a director who did that to me. He said, 'Louise!' I knew him for...

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