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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 46 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Lila & Eve
Lila
 2013 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Helen Hanshaw
- The Buttercups (2013) ... Helen Hanshaw (voice)
 2011 Touch of Evil (Short)
Viola Davis
 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 Traffic
Social Worker
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
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
- Nathan's Hot Dog (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
 2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Celeste
- Blast from the Past (2000) ... Celeste
 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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Stage Play: King Hedley II. Drama. Written by August Wilson. Waltz choreographed by Dianne McIntyre. Directed by Marion McClinton. Virginia Theatre: 1 May 2001- 1 Jul 2001 (72 performances + 24 previews that began on 10 Apr 2001). Cast: Brian Stokes Mitchell (as "King"), Leslie Uggams (as "Ruby"), Charles Brown (as "Elmore"), Viola Davis (... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on performing with Jeremy Irons in 'Beautiful Creatures'] He's a total hippie. Here's this grand, talented man who counters it with just humility - very casual and loose. So it was a joy to work with him in the swamps. See more »

Trivia:

Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be Oscar-nominated for 'Best Actress in a Leading Role'. The others in chronological order are Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe and Quvenzhané Wallis. See more »

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