Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. After graduating from the Julliard School in 1993, Davis began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the films Kate & Leopold (2001) and Far from Heaven (2002), and the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2001, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of King Hedley II. Viola Davis was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, at her grandparents’ house on the Singleton Plantation.She is the daughter of Mary Alice Logan and Dan Davis. By winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (for Fences ), Davis became the first African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting: winning a competitive Emmy, Tony and Oscar in acting categories. She is also the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to win five Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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