Viola Davis is my WCW. She is a strong, talented and powerful black woman. Viola is the first child in the family of six. Born in South Carolina, she grew up in poverty in Rhode Island. She earned a degree in Theatre from Rhode Island College in 1988 and then proceeded to enroll in the prestigious Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City and graduated in 1993. She was listed as one of the100 Most Influential People in the World in 2002.
Her roles in "Doubt" and "The Help" earned her both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Viola was inducted into The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2009.
In 2014, she began starring as Annalise Keating in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder. She further received her Hollywood Work Of Fame in 2013. She received a honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from her alma mata – Rhode Island College in 2002. “Although my childhood was filled with many happy memories, it was also spent in abject poverty,” she said in a moving, emotional speech at the Variety magazine Power of Women event in 2014. “I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where the next meal was coming from, and I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I have befriended people in the neighborhood, who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame.” One of the most raw, chilling and raved-about scenes from Viola Davis’ new show How to Get Away with Murder is when her character Annalise gets ready for bed methodically, removing her makeup, jewelry and wig, and then calmly confronts her husband and his involvement with a murdered girl. As she told Ellen DeGeneres, Viola Davis came up with the idea to remove not just her makeup but her wig, to portray realism that is rarely represented for black women.
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