Viola Davis:

Award-winning Actress Changing The Narrative In Hollywood ?? From the shackles of poverty to becoming one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of color. With an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards under her belt, making history as the first black thespian to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, Viola Davis no doubt stands proudly as one of the world’s most influential people.

Born on her grandma’s farm August 11, 1965 in South Carolina to a father, a horse trainer and mother a maid and factory worker, as well as a civil rights campaigner fighting for welfare reform, Davis did not have an easy childhood. She struggled through and held faith. Davis nurtured the acting dream from age six after watching Cicely Tyson in a TV adaptation of The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pitman. She would later enroll in the theatre programme at high school and after graduating from college, auditioned for the drama course at the prestigious Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City.

In 1996, the then upcoming actress made her screen debut with a small role as a nurse in
The Substance of Fire (1996). Davis’s film breakthrough came in 2008, through her role in Doubt, earning her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2010 she established her place amongst the stars firmly winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Fences, while the box office hit The Help (2011), landed Davis a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a SAG Award.  In 2014, Davis starred as Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, a year later, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Davis other hit film roles include Suicide Squad, Widows, City of Angels among others

Shattering glass ceilings in her more than three decade career even in an industry where blacks aren’t given equal opportunities and well deserved royalties, the screen star has most definitely done well for herself, paving way for others. ?


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