Viola Davis

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  • Name: Viola Davis ( Viola Davis )
  • Date of birth: 11 August 1965
  • Age: 51 years
  • Place of birth: Saint Matthews, United States
  • Height: 165
  • Activities: actress
  • Marital status: married

    Viola Davis: biography

    The theater and film actress viola Davis born August 11 1965 in the American town of St. Matthews. She was the fifth of six children of the horse trainer Dan Davis and maid Mae Ellis. Viola was a year old when the family moved to Rhode island. Their financial situation left much to be desired: the children had to continue wearing clothes for the older, and the toys were a rare treat in the family. The guys came up with entertainment, often played small scenes with fictional characters. Subsequently, this hobby viola Davis developed already in the school drama Studio. Talented student even paid a stipend.

    After graduating College in 1988, viola enrolled at the University. Academic years were productive in 2002 she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts. Their acting skills she honed in new York, the Juilliard school. It was there that Davis received valuable experience that helped her to develop her skills in the future.


    In the biography of viola Davis the first success of the actor’s craft associated with theatre. In 2001, she was awarded the prize «Tony» and «drama Desk» for her role in the play «King Hedley II».

    Three years later the Broadway production of «Intimate Apparel» has again brought the actress a victory in the theatrical award «the drama Desk». In 2010, viola Davis received her second statuette «Tony» for participation in the play «the Fence».


    The first steps viola Davis in film began in 1996 with the film by Daniel George. Sullivan’s «Essence of fire», where the actress played a nurse. Since then, it seems, was following her cameo role.

    Viola starred in numerous television projects, the serious proposals from the Directors was received. The exception was Steven Soderbergh. He invited the actress to star in the Thriller «Out of sight». Working with Soderbergh, viola also played in «Traffic» and «Solaris». The latter brought the actress a long-awaited success. The Director made the film adaptation of LEM’s novel, but made the plot some adjustments: instead of one of the male astronauts, the audience saw a woman who played viola.

    The actress refused a small role. So in her filmography there were «twin Towers», «Architect», «Tryin’ or die», «Paranoia». In the detective drama directed by John Patrick Shanley, «Doubt» viola played 8-minute episode. However, this role has been momentous for the actress. Critics gave the work high praise, and in 2009, the viola for the first time in his career became the nominee for two awards – the «Oscar» and «Golden globe» for best actress the second plan. And although in both cases the victory came to her colleagues, it was a significant breakthrough Davis in Hollywood.

    Each role brought the actress greater visibility, however, the real triumph and glory, the actress realized in 2011. Then the screens released film the help where viola Davis appeared in the title role – a black maid Aibileen Clark. Her character, serving in the white house, tried to fight the racial prejudice that existed in America of the 1960s. This role was very close to the viola, because even as a schoolgirl she faced similar stereotypes and discrimination.

    For two consecutive years for participation in a drama series «How to get away with murder» the screen actors Guild Award nomination the United States recognized viola Davis for best actress. This work brought her the statuette «Emmy» in 2015. It was a milestone, because for the first time in the history of cinema victory in the category «best actress in a drama series» has received a black actress.

    In 2016, the screens out a fantastic Thriller David Eyre «suicide Squad» featuring viola Davis.

    Personal life

    Viola Davis tied the knot quite late, at the age of 37. Her lover was an actor and producer, Julius Tennon. The wedding was held on 23 June 2003. The older man viola for 11 years: at the time of his marriage he already had two children from a previous marriage.

    Since 2011, the couple has a daughter, Genesis, Tennon. In 2016 viola Davis appeared in the TOP 50 most powerful mom (according to the magazine «Working Mother»).


    • «Providence»
    • «Kate and Leo»
    • «Taxi driver»
    • «Rich or die tryin'»
    • «Paranoia»
    • «Law abiding citizen»
    • The help
    • «Captive»
    • «Cyber»
    • «Suicide squad»


    Viola Davis

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