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Viola Davis

1965 - Today

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Acclaimed actress Viola Davis is the only African-American performer to win Tony, Oscar and Emmy Awards. She is known for her award-winning performances in the television series 'How to Get Away With Murder,' the Broadway productions of 'King Hedley II' and 'Fences' and its film adaptation. Who Is Viola Davis? Born in South Carolina, Viola Davis grew up in Rhode Island, where she began acting — first in high school, and then at Rhode Island College. After attending the Julliard School of Performing Arts, Davis made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Seven Guitars. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in King Hedley II (2001) and a revival of August Wilson's Fences (2010), which co-starred Denzel Washington. Her film work includes Doubt (2008), for which she received an Oscar nomination, The Help (2011), Ender's Game (2013) and Get on Up (2014). In 2015 she became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the television series How to Get Away with Murder. She reprised her role playing Rose Maxson in the 2016 film adaptation of Fences, directed by and co-starring Washington, for which she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2017.

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