Internationally known for her role in the drama How To Get Away With Murder, Viola Davis is among the most prominent Black American women who are making the way for other young women aspiring to reach the top. She is known as not just a source of inspiration but also a role model and clear evidence that whoever works hard gets rewarded. Her road to fame was far from ordinary since she had to fight for both prejudice and sexism. Now that she is at the top of her profession, taking over both TV and film world with many awards including Emmy award, she is focused on making other women grow past the subtle injustices stacked against women, especially people of colour.
The How To Get Away With Murder actor was born on August 11, 1965. She is one of many notable people who didn’t get the chance to enjoy the luxury of hospitals during their birth as her birth happened on her grandmother’s farm in South Carolina. She is of black ethnicity though her nationality is American.
Regardless of her background, Viola Davis knew quite early that she was going to change her story. The family lived in Central Falls in Rhode Island where Viola had her high school education. Upon graduation, she joined the Young People’s School for Performing Arts in West Warwick and later joined Rhode Island College. At the college, her interest in acting grew and she made sure to advance her skills. By 1998, she was done with her theatre art courses at the college. With grit and resolve to rewrite her poor sad childhood financial experience, she furthered her education at Julliard, all in a bid to perfect her skills. After spending four years at the school, the black beauty immediately kicked off her career professionally not just for the money but also to be a source of motivation to other people. Her first role was in a drama titled The Substance of Fire (1996). Thereafter, she started landing guest appearance offers on TV shows, and films.
Since the 2000s, Viola Davis has been picking up awards and recognition for her many great works following her debut. Among the accolades are a Tony and Drama Desk award. Additionally, she is known to be the first black woman to win the Tripple Crown of Acting (for being a Tony, Emmy and an Oscar award winner).
Some of her esteemed films are Fences, Intimate Apparel, Traffic, Out of Sight, Solaris, among others. She also appeared on Broadway in the play King Hedley II and won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a play.
Family – Sister, Husband, Daughter
From what she shared about her childhood, you could tell that the Oscar-winning star didn’t come from a very affluent home. As such, she and her five siblings didn’t live in comfort growing up. Their parents were low-income earners, thus, had to deal with stern financial issues. With whatever their mom got from working as a maid and factory worker plus what their dad, a horse trainer made, they sustained the family.
While the three-time Oscar nominee has been advancing professionally, she has, at the same time, been able to find a balance between her career and creating a happy family for herself. The outspoken actress met her man in early 2000, just when her career began to take shape. His name is Julius Tennon and he is a former college football player. Julius is also a successful actor. The two started dating in early 200 and shortly after that, they both appeared in The City of Angels in Los Angeles. They got married on June 23, 2003, after which Viola became a stepmother to Tennon’s two children from his previous marriage. Apart from the two adorable children, the couple adopted a baby named Genesis in 2011, making a total of three children that they are happily raising.
As one of the most celebrated black actresses of Hollywood, she has accomplished so much over the years even when things seemed not to be in her favour. The star has successfully changed whatever financial constraints she may have experienced in her early days, growing her net worth to a whopping $3 million.
Height, Quick Facts About Viola Davis
Birth City: South Carolina, United States
Birth name: Viola Davies
Date of birth: August 11, 1965
Birth sign: Leo
Education: Rhode Island College
Profession: Actress, Producer
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Julius Tennon (m. 2003)
Net Worth: $3 million