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Walk of Fame Honoree Viola Davis Reveals Her ‘Big A-Ha Moment’ in Hollywood

5 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Ms. Tyson and Ms. Streep were the only actors I talked about back in the day,” Viola Davis says, about her childhood in Central Falls, R.I., when she was “just a little girl with a really, really big dream.”

Fast-forward to today and Davis, 51, is getting her star Jan. 5 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from none other than “Ms. Streep” — as in Meryl.

“That wasn’t part of the dream,” Davis says, chuckling. “I feel like this is the best vision board coming to fruition.”

“Ms. Tyson” — as in Cicely — was also an integral piece to Davis’ childhood vision board when she set out to become an actor at 6 or 7 years old after seeing “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”

“She looked like me,” Davis reminisces. “Her looking like me made me believe I could do it, but what she did for me was something way beyond entertainment »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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