1. Viola Davis is an American producer and actress of stage, screen, and television.
2. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the films Kate & Leopold , and the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
3. In 2001, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of King Hedley II.
4. She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxon in the revival of Fences.
5. From 2014 onward, Davis began starring as the lawyer Annalise Keating on the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015 she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The role also won her two SAG Awards in 2015 and 2016.
6. In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions.
7. Davis received her Screen Actors Guild card in 1996 for doing one day of work as a nurse who passes a vial of blood to Timothy Hutton in the film The Substance of Fire.
8. In 2001, she won the Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II, a “35-year-old mother fighting eloquently for the right to abort a pregnancy.” She has also won another Drama Desk Award for her work in a 2004 off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.
9. Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh – Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced.
10. Her television work includes a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, starring roles in two short-lived series, Traveler and Century City, and a special guest appearance in a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode entitled “Badge”.
11. In 2008, Davis played Mrs. Miller in the film adaptation to the Broadway play Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.
12. On June 30, 2009, Davis was inducted into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the second African-American woman to win the award, after Phylicia Rashad.