Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress, producer and entrepreneur. She is the only African-American to achieve the Tripple Crown of Acting: she has won an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards.
Thank you to the Academy. You know there’s one place that all the people with the greatest
potential are gathered, one place and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time what kind of stories do you want to tell viola and I’d say exhume those bodies exhume those stories, the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank GOD I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. – 2017 Viola Davis Oscars Speech
She has been featured twice in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world – 2012 and 2017.
Viola Davis was ranked as the ninth greatest actor of the 21st century by the New York Times.
In April 2022, Viola Davis released her very vulnerable and interesting memoir about her life titled “Finding Me: A Memoir”. Viola chronicles her roller-coaster journey from growing up in abject poverty to Hollywood fame. Viola is deeply personal, vulnerable, reflective, funny and emotional about the path she took from being a scared young girl to becoming one of the most influential actress of her generation.
Finding Me: A Memoir 1 is one of the most interesting and deeply touching autobiographies have ever read. Viola is raw, funny, down to earth and spills it all out: The good, the bad and the ugly. Highly Recommended.
On August 11, 1965, in St. Matthews, South Carolina, I was born, the fifth of six children, in my maternal grandmother and grandfather’s house on the Singleton Plantation. And yes, it was and still is a plantation. Not a farm. 1
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