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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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Help
The Help Aibileen Clark
(2011)
Prisoners
Prisoners Nancy Birch
(2013)
Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad Amanda Waller
(2016)
Fences
Fences Rose Maxson
(2016)

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 2018 Widows (post-production)
Veronica
 2015 Lila & Eve
Lila
 2013 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Helen Hanshaw
- The Buttercups (2013) ... Helen Hanshaw (voice)
 2011 Touch of Evil (Short)
The Vengeful Caretaker
 2010 The Unforgiving Minute (Short)
Narrator
 2010/I Trust
Gail Friedman
 2008/I Doubt
Mrs. Miller
 2003-2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Donna Emmett
- Retro (2008) ... Donna Emmett
- Cold (2008) ... Donna Emmett
- Cage (2006) ... Donna Emmett
- Doubt (2004) ... Donna Emmett
- Birthright (2004) ... Donna Emmett
 2007 Fort Pit (TV Movie)
 2006 Laws of Chance (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2006)
 2005 Syriana
CIA Chairwoman (uncredited)
 2005 Threshold (TV Series)
Victoria Rossi
- Shock (2005) ... Victoria Rossi
 2003 The Practice (TV Series)
Aisha Crenshaw
- We the People (2003) ... Aisha Crenshaw
 2003 Hack (TV Series)
Stevie Morgan
- Third Strike (2003) ... Stevie Morgan
 2002 Father Lefty (TV Movie)
 2002 Solaris
Gordon
 2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Attorney Campbell
- The Execution of Catherine Willows (2002) ... Attorney Campbell
 2002 Antwone Fisher
Eva May
 2002 The Division (TV Series)
Dr. Georgia Davis
- Remembrance (2002) ... Dr. Georgia Davis
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Terry Randolph
- Badge (2002) ... Terry Randolph
 2001 Kate & Leopold
Policewoman
 2001 Third Watch (TV Series)
Margo Rodriguez
- Act Brave (2001) ... Margo Rodriguez
 2001 The Guardian (TV Series)
Suzanna Clemons' Attorney
- The Men from the Boys (2001) ... Suzanna Clemons' Attorney
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Dr. Eleanor Weiss
- You Can Count on Me (2001) ... Dr. Eleanor Weiss
 2001 The Shrink Is In
Robin
 2001 Amy & Isabelle (TV Movie)
Dottie
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- Pick and Roll Over (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- SWAT's Happening (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- Smoochas Gracias (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- Saving Faces (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- The Lone Free Ranger (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
 2000 Traffic
Social Worker
 2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Celeste
- Blast from the Past (2000) ... Celeste
 1998 Miss Apprehension and Squirt
Sharon Hughes
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Rosemary Allbright
 1998 Out of Sight
Moselle
 1998 The Pentagon Wars (TV Movie)
Sgt. Fanning
 1996 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Mrs. Stapleton
- Smack Is Back (1996) ... Mrs. Stapleton
 1996 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Woman
- Moby Greg (1996) ... Woman
 1996 The Substance of Fire
Nurse
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She acted in August Wilson's play, "Seven Guitars," on Broadway in New York City with Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Michele Shay, in the cast. Lloyd Richards, was director. Scott Bradley was scenic designer. Christopher Akerlind was lighting designer. See more »

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1 Interview | 8 Articles | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on television roles for women] I look at them sometimes and don't recognize them. They're watered-down femininity. Like when your mom told you to make sure when you sat down to keep your legs closed, or not mess up your hair, it's the famous saying: "The well-behaved woman seldom makes history". And it's very true. But in our lives we are bold, we are messy, we are psychotic at times, and then ... See more »

Trivia:

Is one of only nine actors to have won both the Tony and the Oscar for the same role on stage and film. The others are Yul Brynner (The King and I (1956)), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady (1964)), Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker (1962)), Joel Grey (Cabaret (1972)), Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons (1966)), Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses (... See more »

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Star Sign:

Leo

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