Viola Davis is known as an American actress. She is most famous for being the only African-American performer to win Tony, Oscar and Emmy Awards.
Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina. Growing up poor in Rhode Island, Viola Davis found a mental fantasy garden from her family's monetary troubles in watching motion pictures. Her father worked as a steed groomer. She found affection and passion for acting right off the bat in high school. She first started working on her acting craft in high school and afterward at Rhode Island College. In the wake of going to the Juilliard School of Performing Arts, Davis made her Broadway debut in 1996.
In 2011 Davis co-featured with Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard in the film adaptation of the top-selling book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This 1960s drama shows the racial separation between white housewives and their African-American service helpers in a Southern town.
In the film, Davis plays Ailbileen, a house cleaner who is interviewed by a youthful white writer named Skeeter for a book about the lives of "the help." Davis worked with the director and screenwriter Tate Taylor to refine her character, ensuring that her reactions and activities were convincing and real. Since racial pressures were so intense during the time that the film is set in, she trusted her character would have been anxious about saying a lot to anybody. Davis played Aibileen with extraordinary skill and won broad commendation for her work on the film.
Davis kept on taking on fascinating parts after her big hit with The Help. She appeared in the 2013 science fiction flick Ender's Game and played singer James Brown's mom in the 2014 biopic Get on Up. After her roles in the 2015 features Blackhat, with Chris Hemsworth, and Lila and Eve, with Jennifer Lopez, Davis featured prominently in the court drama Custody and the hero action film Suicide Squad the next year. Next up was the Steve McQueen-directed heist spine chiller Widows (2018), trailed by the main role in the dark horse comedy-drama Troop Zero (2019).
In September 2019, at the 2019 Emmy Awards show, Davis was nominated for the Lead Actress in a Drama Series because of performance on How to Get Away with Murder.
Davis is married to an actor named Julius Tennon. The couple adopted a girl named Genesis in 2011.
Last Modified: Feb 1, 2021