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American Actress Viola Davis, Nominated Oscar 2012 in "The Help" Profiled

by cancreate on 25/02/12 at 9:11 pm

Viola is not only a Double "Tony" Award Winner but she has been nominated for "Best Actress" at the Oscars in February 2012. My article Profiles Viola’s rise from small beginnings to Hollywood Star.


Viola an American was born on August 11th 1965

Early Times

Viola Davis was born on her grandmothers farm in St Matthews, South Carolina, she was the second youngest of five other siblings.

Her mother “Mae Alice” worked as a maid and also as a factory worker as well as maintaining the family home. Her father “Dan Davis” was a horse trainer.

The family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island when Viola was just a tiny baby of two months old. She has described herself as having lived in “abject poverty.”

Viola has been married to Julius Tennor since June 2003, she has a baby daughter “Genesis” born in July 2011 and two step sons from Mr Tennor ’s previous relationship.

Early career

Viola has said that she got the “bug” for a stage career from her introduction to the stage at “The Alma mater “Central Falls High School,” where she majored in theatre and and she progessed from that to graduate in 1988 at Rhode Island College.

Her Career from 2001

Viola received a “Tony” Award and Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of “Tonya” in King Hedley II. The film centred around a 35 year old woman who fought for the right to abort her baby.

Viola received an “Honorary Doctorate” in Fine Art from Rhode Island Colege in 2002.

She also become actively involved with the Federal Trio Upward Bound and also the Trio Student support Services. Her outstanding talent was recognised by Bernard Masterson and as a result Viola received a scholarship with the “Young Performing Arts Society.”

In 2004 she won another “Drama Desk Award” off Broadway for “Initimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage.

Film Credits


Out Of Sight, Solaris & Traffic by Steven Soderbergh.

Voiceover as a parole board interogator of “Danny Oceans” played by George Clooney.

Plus brief appearances in Kate, Leopold and Antwone Fisher.

Television Credits were:

Law and Order – Special Victims Unit

Starring role sin Traveler and Century City

2008 onwards

In 2008 she played “Mrs Miller” in the film adaptation of the Broadway play “Doubt” starring alongside Meryl Streep.

In 2009 she was inducted into “The Acadamy of Motion Pictures for Arts and Sciences.

In June 2010 she won her second “Tony Award” for her role as “Rose” in the revival of “Fences.” She was only the second African American to win this award, the other being “Philicia Rashed” who played the role of “Dr Minerva” in “It’s a kind of a funny story” a coming of age comedy, written and directed by Anne Boden.

August 2011

Viola played the star role as Aibileen Clark, a stalwart domestic maid, directed by Tate Taylor. the film “The Help” has received wide acclaim. Viola’s co star was Octavia Spencer. Viola won the Screen Actors Guild award for “Help” at the BAFTA’s in London this year.

Oscar Nomination

Viola has ben nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark the domestic in “The Help” she has strong competition from others such as “meryl Streep” for her portrayal of the Iron Lady.

What The Papers Are Saying

The New York Daily News reports on Viola’s success at the 2012 “SAG Awards, where she triumphed with “The Help.”

In Style .com said that her husband had said of Viola “Wearing alternative hair for your career is fine, but in your life wear your hair naturally and step into who you are” and Viola reportedly viewed this as a powerful statement.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Viola had not ruled out returning to alternatives rather than her “au natural style” currently.

Metro, London reports that Meryl Streep has siad that she would like her friend to win the Oscar namely “Viola Davis.”

It would appear to me that Viola Davis who appears to have come out of total obscuraty to forge an impressive and sustainable career and that her credit performances are likely to go from, strength to strength and if she gets her “Oscar Gong” following her nomination then the future I believe will be significantly enhanced and I view her career to date as “outstanding” and wish her well in the decades to come.


New York Daily News

In Style .com

The Los Angeles Times


Metro, London

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