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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 11, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Matthews, South Carolina, USA Profession: actress

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Tony-winning actress Viola Davis' powerful and emotional performances in such plays as "Intimate Apparel" and "King Hedley II" made her a formidable presence on the American theater scene in the late 1990s and 2000s. Her profile in film and on television was somewhat lower, though she worked steadily in bit and supporting parts for directors ranging from Steven Soderbergh with "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Solaris" (2002) and Oliver Stone with "World Trade Center (2006), as well as in countless television series. Her turn as the morally ambiguous mother of a sexually abused student in "Doubt" (2008) gained near-universal acclaim from critics, as did her turn as a strong-willed Civil Rights-era maid in the smash hit "The Help" (2011). With each new role Davis demonstrated an impressive range that assured her considerable talent would be given the opportunity to shine for years to come.

Tony-winning actress Viola Davis' powerful and emotional performances in such plays as "Intimate Apparel" and "King Hedley II" made her a formidable presence on the American theater scene in the late 1990s and 2000s. Her profile in film and on television was somewhat lower, though she worked steadily in bit and supporting parts for directors ranging from Steven Soderbergh with "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Solaris" (2002) and Oliver Stone with "World Trade Center (2006), as well as in countless television series. Her turn as the morally ambiguous mother of a sexually abused student in "Doubt" (2008) gained near-universal acclaim from critics, as did her turn as a strong-willed Civil Rights-era maid in the smash hit "The Help" (2011). With each new role Davis demonstrated an impressive range that assured her considerable talent would be given the opportunity to shine for years to come.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lila and Eve (2015)
4.
 Get On Up (2014)
6.
 Dark Girls (2013)
7.
8.
 Prisoners (2013)
9.
 Ender's Game (2013)
10.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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1996:
Played a nurse in film debut "The Substance of Fire"
1996:
First TV role, a small part on an episode of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
1996:
Made Broadway debut in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars"; earned a Tony nomination
1998:
Cast as Cary Elwes' secretary in HBO film "The Pentagon Wars"
1998:
Featured in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
2000:
Played Nurse Lynnette Peeler on short-lived CBS drama "City of Angels"
2000:
Re-teamed with director Soderbergh to play a social worker in "Traffic"
2001:
Portrayed Tonya in Broadway production of August Wilson's "King Hedley II"
2001:
Appeared in ABC telecast of Oprah Winfrey's "Amy & Isabelle," an adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's acclaimed debut novel
2002:
Cast in Denzel Washington's directorial debut "Antwone Fisher"
2002:
Third collaboration with director Soderbergh, "Solaris"
2002:
Featured in Todd Haynes directed "Far from Heaven," starring Julianne Moore
2003:
Landed recurring role on NBC drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2004:
Starred in off-Broadway production of "Intimate Apparel"
2004:
Cast in short-lived CBS series "Century City" as lawyer Hannah Crane
2005:
Played the grandma in "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" directed by Jim Sheridan and starring 50 Cent
2006:
Played Fantasia's mother in Lifetime biopic "Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story"
2007:
Cast in short-lived ABC series "Traveler" as Agent Jan Marlow
2008:
Cast as Mrs. Miller in John Patrick Shanley's film adaptation of his play "Doubt"
2009:
Appeared as a minister in Tyler Perry's "Medea Goes to Jail"
2009:
Cast as a pathologist in thriller "State of Play"
2010:
Joined Denzel Washington for the Broadway revival of August Wilson¿s "Fences"
2010:
Played supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in action/comedy "Knight and Day"
2010:
Co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Roberts portrayed the author who, after a painful divorce, goes on a life-changing journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia
2011:
Earned critical raves for playing strong-willed 1960s maid Aibileen Clark in film adaptation of bestseller "The Help"
2011:
Cast opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel
2012:
Played a determined teacher alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in inner city school drama "Won¿t Back Down"
2013:
Cast as seer Amma in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"
2013:
Featured in the drama "Prisoners"
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Education

Rhode Island College: Providence , Rhode Island -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

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companion:
Julius.

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