Viola Davis is a famous African-American actress and producer whose wonderful performance has kept her in the limelight for quite some time. Her proficient and outstanding roles in movies have earned her many awards and recognitions including Primetime Emmy Award, Alliance of Women in Film Journalists, and she is the only black actor to have won the Triple Crown of Acting – Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Awards………..
Biography (Age and Family Life)
The brilliant actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother’s farm in South Carolina in the United States of America on August 11, 1965. She belongs to the black ethnicity and holds an American nationality. She grew up with her parents and five other siblings in Central Falls in Rhode Island. Davis’s family was very poor and were burdened with serious financial constraints. Her mom Mary Alice worked as a maid and a factory worker while her dad Dav Davis was a horse trainer just to make ends meet.
However, Viola attended Central Falls High school where she participated in stage acting and other works of arts. After she graduated from high school, she joined the Young People’s School for Performing Arts in West Warwick after which she enrolled at Rhode Island College.
At Rhode Island College, Davis studied theatre arts and graduated in 1988. She further attended the Juilliard School for four years where she was part of the school’s drama club named ‘Group 22.’
After her graduation from Juilliard School, Viola started her acting career with a debut in a drama titled The Substance of Fire which was released in 1996. For her brilliant performance, she started getting guest spots in several reality television shows and films.
In 2000, she starred in as Nurse Lynnette Peeler in the movie titled City of Angels and the following year she made her first Broadway appearance in the play titled, King Hedley II where she co-starred alongside Denzel Washington. The play, however, earned her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
After she got the award, her popularity began to increase as she caught the attention of many directors who wanted her to feature in their projects. The star actress has featured in several movies, reality television series and has won several awards, all thanks to her brilliant and excellent performances.
Some of her movies include Far From Heaven released in 2002, Get Rich or Die Trying in 2005, World Trade Centre in 2006, Disturbia in 2007, Doubt in 2008, Law Abiding Citizen in 2009, Knight and Day in 2010, The Help in 2011, Ender’s Game in 2013, Blackhat in 2015, Suicide Squad in 2016 Widows in 2018.
The award-winning actress has co-starred alongside famous actors including Jessica Chastain, August Wilson, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard just to mention a few.
Awards and Recognitions
When you think of the few black women who have made history in the American film industry be sure to count Viola Davis as one of them. She has shown great skills, determination, consistency, and brilliance throughout her movie career and this has contributed to her recognition with several awards as we can see below:
Viola Davis is the first black actor to win the Triple Crowns in acting which include an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Awards. The first black woman to win the Screen Actors Guild Award five times.
Furthermore, Davis became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award in 2015 and in 2017, Viola was honored with an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, NAACP, and BAFTA Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie titled Fences.
Viola Davis Net Worth
The talented black-American actress Viola Davis has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She has been a prominent figure in the American Film Industry and has acquired huge wealth for herself. The iconic actress earned her net worth from her outstanding and excellent achievements in her movie career.
Personal Life: Husband, Daughter
During the early 2000 while Viola was still very much focused on her career, she met the man of her dreams, a former college football player named Julius Tennon. The duo was on set for the movie The City of Angels in Los Angeles after which they started their relationship.
Julius Tennon was previously married and had two children from the marriage, a son and a daughter who later became Viola’s step-children after their marriage. The couple tied the knot on June 23, 2003, and their marriage has been blossoming ever since.
More so, the couple adopted a baby girl named Genesis in 2011 and they have all been living happily including her step-children.
Quick Facts about Viola Davis, Height / Wiki
Birth name: Viola Davies
Date of birth: August 11, 1965
Birth City: South Carolina, United States
Birth sign: Leo
Education: Rhode Island College
Profession: Actress, Producer
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Julius Tennon (m. 2003)
Net Worth: $3 million