Viola Davis is an American actress of the stage, TV and movies, and is also a producer. She wears these multiple hats with ease because of the enormous talent she possesses. Check out the Viola Davis wiki page on the net. Since she produces and acts as well, people are curious about Viola Davis’ net worth. It is a modest $3.0 million because she is known to work on realistic projects and not the stuff produced by the Hollywood dream factory.
A Painful Childhood
Viola Davis was born in St. Mathews, South Carolina on a plantation. Her mother, Mary Alice was a maid, factory worker, homemaker and a civil rights activist. Her father, Dan was a horse trainer. Davis had a very bad childhood. In her own words she describes it as, “having lived in abject poverty and dysfunction.” From an early age, Davis gravitated towards acting. She started acting in school and majored in theater at Rhode Island College. She also attended the Juilliard School in New York City for four years.
Hard Earned Success
Davis started her acting career by appearing in minor roles in small movies. She first came to be noticed when she acted in the drama, King Hedley II for which she received a Tony award and a Drama Desk award. She portrayed a 35-year-old woman fighting with dignity for the right to abort a pregnancy. Her acting career in films took off after this and she appeared in movies like Out of Sight, Solaris, Traffic and Syriana. She also gave brief but effective performances in films like Kate & Leopold and Antwone Fisher.
At the same time, Davis also acted in TV series and on stage. She appeared in the series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Davis played key roles in acclaimed films like Doubt, It’s a Kind of a Funny Story and then she acted in the film which made her famous all over America. She played one of the leading characters in the film The Help, for which she received every major award nomination including the Oscar award.
An Acting Powerhouse
In 2014, Davis turned her attention to TV. She played the lead character in the TV series, How to Get Away with Murder. Her performance was so good that in 2015, she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy award for lead actress in a drama series. Not content with this fantastic achievement, Davis gave stellar performances in the movies Blackhat, Lila & Eve and Custody. She took a break from the usual to play a role in the comic based action film, Suicide Squad. 2016 has been a very satisfying year for Davis professionally.
Viola Davis’ movies have not been the usual big budget extravaganzas that Hollywood offers regularly. Instead her movies have been sensitive, realistic portraits of true to life characters that are human in their goodness and failings. Davis’ movies tell stories that stand out for their honesty and their ability to touch the viewer’s heart. Over the years she has become one of the best actresses in Hollywood, irrespective of race or color.
A Warm Family
Davis’ personal life has been steady and happy. She married actor Julius Tennon in June 2003. They have a daughter named Genesis, whom they adopted in 2011 when she was still a baby. Davis is also the stepmother to two sons of Tennon from previous relationships.
Purely on Merit
At a time when Hollywood is being given flack for not having enough African-American representation, Davis comes across as an anomaly. She has never needed affirmative action to succeed in her career. Davis has got all her substantial achievements purely on hard work and merit. The hard way. The only way Davis has wanted.