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Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker, was also a civil rights activist. Davis was educated at Central Falls High School, where she developed a love of acting. She studied theater at Rhode Island College, and also attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.Davis made her screen debut with a small role as a nurse in 1996's The Substance of Fire (1996). Guest spots followed in various TV shows and films, and in 2000 she won the role of Nurse Lynnette Peeler in City of Angels (2000). In 2001, Davis appeared on Broadway in the play, 'King Hedley II', for which she was awarded a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.Davis has worked with Steven Soderbergh on three projects - Traffic (2000), Solaris (2002) and Syriana (2005). Other projects include Far from Heaven (2002), Antwone Fisher (2002) and Disturbia (2007). In 2008, she played Mrs. Miller in Doubt (2008), for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. In 2011, she won critical acclaim for her starring role as Aibileen Clark in the box-office hit The Help (2011).

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Aug 11, 1965 In Saint Matthews, South Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-05-25
Latest Project:
Series How to Get Away with Murder 2014-09-25

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 46 wins & 44 nominations.

Known For
Poster of How to Get Away with Murder
Poster of United States of Tara
Poster of Traveler
Poster of Brothers & Sisters
How to Get Away with Murder Annalise Keating 90 episodes, 2014-2020 2014-09-25
Oprah Prime Unknown 2012-01-01
Sofia the First Unknown 2012-11-18
United States of Tara Unknown 2009-01-18
Traveler Agent Jan Marlow 8 episodes, 2007 2007-05-10
Brothers & Sisters Unknown 2006-09-24
Threshold Unknown 2005-09-16
Without a Trace Unknown 2002-09-26
The Division Unknown 2001-01-07
The Guardian Unknown 2001-09-25
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
Third Watch Unknown 1999-09-23
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
New York Undercover Unknown 1994-09-08
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25