Internationally known for her role in the drama How To Get Away With Murder, Viola Davis is one of the most prominent black American women who is paving the way for other young women seeking the way to the top. She is known not only as a source of inspiration but also as a role model and clear proof that those who work hard are rewarded. Her path to fame was anything but ordinary, as she had to fight for both prejudice and sexism. Now that she is at the top of her profession and has conquered both the television and film worlds with many awards, including the Emmy Award, she is concentrating on helping other women rise above the subtle injustices that pile up against women, especially those of color.
Brief Biography of Viola Davis
The “How To Get Away With Murder” actor was born on August 11, 1965. She is one of many remarkable people who did not have the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of hospitals during her birth because her birth took place on her grandmother’s farm in South Carolina. She is of black ethnicity, although her nationality is American.
Regardless of her background, Viola Davis knew early on that she would change her history. The family lived in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where Viola received her high school education. After graduating, she entered the Young People’s School for Performing Arts in West Warwick and later Rhode Island College. At this college, her interest in acting grew and she made sure that she developed her skills.
In 1998 she finished her drama courses at the college. With the will and determination to rewrite her pathetic, sad financial experience from her childhood, she continued her education at Julliard to perfect her skills. After spending four years at school, the black beauty immediately started her professional career, not only for the money but also to be a source of motivation for other people. Her first role was in a drama called The Substance of Fire (1996). After that, she began to land guest appearance offers in TV shows and movies.
Since the 2000s Viola Davis has been collecting awards and recognition for her many great works after her debut. Among the awards are a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. She is also known as the first black woman to win the Tripple Crown of Acting (for her Tony, Emmy, and Oscar awards).
Some of her prized films include Fences, Intimate Clothing, Traffic, Out of Sight, Solaris. She also appeared on Broadway in the play King Hedley II and won a Tony as best actress in a play.
Family Details: Sister, Husband, Daughter
From what she told about her childhood, you could tell that the Oscar-winning star did not come from a very wealthy home. As such, she and her five siblings did not live in a comfortable environment. Her parents were low-income earners, so they had to struggle with serious financial problems. With what her mother got from her work as a maid and factory worker and what her father, a horse trainer, earned, they supported the family.
While the three-time Oscar nominee rose professionally, she was able to find a balance between her career and the creation of a happy family. The outspoken actress met her husband in early 2000, just as her career was beginning to take shape. His name is Julius Tennon and he is a former college football player. Julius is also a successful actor. The two began dating in early 200 and shortly thereafter they both performed in The City of Angels in Los Angeles. They married on June 23, 2003, after which Viola became 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, so they have a total of three children who are happily raising.
What Is Viola Davis’s Net Worth?
As one of Hollywood’s most celebrated black actresses, she has achieved so much over the years, even though it didn’t seem to work out in her favor. The star has successfully changed all the financial constraints she faced in her early days and increased her net worth to a whopping $3 million.
Height, Quick Facts About Viola Davis
- Hometown: South Carolina, United States
- Name at birth: Viola Davies
- Date of birth: 11 August 1965
- Birthmark: Leo
- Ethnicity: Black
- Nationality: American
- Education: Rhode Island College
- Profession: Actress, Producer
- Height: 5 feet 5 inches
- Marital status: Married
- Husband: Julius Tennon (m. 2003)
- Children: 3
- Net Worth: $3 million