Received a 1999 Obie Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play "Everybody's Ruby".
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[on her Fences
(2016) role] That was the role of womanhood in the '50s. You were an instrument for everyone else's joy except for your own. The '50s in America had the highest rate of alcoholism and depression. There were whole manuals out there that were being passed out about how to make your husband happy - put on make-up when he walks through the door, after a long day of work, don't weigh ...
Viola Davis won both a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the role of Rose Maxon in "Fences" (in the 2010 Broadway revival of the play and the 2016 film adaptation, respectively). In the original 1987 Broadway production of the play, the role of Rose was originated by the actress Mary Alice
--which was also the name of Viola Davis's mother.