Viola Davis Biography

Updated On Feb 13, 2019 Published On Oct 23, 2015
Facts of Viola Davis
Date of Birth: 1965 , August-11
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Viola Davis
Father Dan Davis
Mother Mary Alice Davis
Nationality Ameriacn
Birth Place/City St. Matthews, South Carolina
Ethnicity Black
Profession Actress
Net Worth $ 3 million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Brown-Dark
Body Measurements N/A
Weight in KG 59 KG
Married Yes
Married to Julius Tennon (m. 2003)
Children Genesis Tennon
Education Rhode Island College
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Movies The Help 2011
TV Show How to Get Away with Murder Since 2014
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Primetime Emmy Awards winner Viola Davis is a renowned actress from the United States. She has also established herself as a producer. She played an outstanding role in the movie The Help and for that role, she was honored with Alliance of Women Film Journalists twice.

Birth and Age

Viola Davis was from the humble background and was born on August 11, 1965, in St. Matthews, South Carolina, the United States of America, to Mary Alice and Dan Davis. She is an American and is of black ethnicity.

What is Viola Davis Age?

Born on August 11, 1965, her age as of 2019 is 53 years.

Viola Davis Biography

The beautiful lady Viola Davis was born on her grandma's ranch in South Carolina in the United States of America on August 11, 1965. She belongs to dark ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Growing up with her parents in Central Falls in Rhode Island, she has five siblings. Davis' family was poor and were loaded with genuine monetary imperatives. Her mother Mary Alice worked as a housekeeper and a factory laborer while her father Dav Davis was a horse trainer.

Viola went to Central Falls High school where she took part in stage acting and different works of expressions. After she moved on from secondary school, she joined the Young People's School for Performing Arts in West Warwick after which she selected at Rhode Island College.

At Rhode Island College, Davis examined performance center expressions and graduated in 1988. She further went to the Juilliard School for a long time where she played an important part in the school's dramatization club named 'Group 22.'

Marriage, Husband, & Daughter

On 23rd of June, 2003, she got married to husband Julius Tennon, a famous African American actor-producer.

Although the two did not welcome a child of their own, they have adopted an infant, a daughter Genesis Tennon in October 2011.  

Prior to Viola, her husband Julius was married to his first wife and also has two children, a son, and a daughter.  

Who is her husband Julius Tennon? Relationship with Wife Viola Davis

Not every man tend to be as much caring as Julius is to his wife Viola. Born on December 24, 1953, Julius is an American actor and producer popular for his role in movies like Dazed and Confused (1993), Small Soldiers (1998) and Faster (2010).

He comes from a similar acting background as his wife

Tennon, an actor, and previously a football player, left a mark on the world in theater much like Davis did. The 62-year-old Austin, Texas local was offered a full football grant to the University of Tulsa, where he turned into the first African-American student to finish graduation from the school's theater program.

Opened up About His Wife's Emmy Speech

Davis' acknowledgment discourse for her Emmy was a standout amongst the most dominant and motivating especially for the black community in Hollywood. The speech received an amazing reaction from the audience.

In Davis' interview with Ellen DeGeneres, a week following her memorable win, she conceded that Tennon was pretty much concerned about her speech:

My husband said afterwards, "V, I didn't know where you were going with that. I really didn't. When you were saying 'those white women with their arms stretched out over the line,' I was like, What is she doing?"

Davis and her husband work together to uplift black people

Davis has been candid about the issues with Hollywood's incorporation issue for quite a while. In spite of the fact that she has pretty much established herself at present, but before she had such introduction, Davis and Tennon had already founded JuVee Productions in 2012. The organization has a mission to raise voice for unheard voices:

With an emphasis on producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices alike, JuVee Productions aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.

A portion of the extraordinary tasks from JuVee incorporates the ongoing short film The Brink had its premiere in October 2015 digitally. The organization likewise has a few more movies in progress, and fortunately, a significant number of them star Davis herself!

Their First Meeting is Pretty Interesting

Davis and Tennon's first met is the cutest story ever. In a conversation with Us Weekly in 2013, Davis explained that she met her husband after she actually appealed to God for one:

I was the loneliest woman in the world, and someone said, "You should just pray for a husband." I said I wanted a big black man from the South who looked like a football player, who already had children, who maybe had been married before. Three and a half weeks later, I met my husband

He as per Davis has all she wants in her spouse. Furthermore, the two met on the sets of the CBS show City Of Angels.

Viola Davis Has a Net Worth of $12 million

As reported by Celebrity Networth, Viola Davis has a net worth of $12 million. The mentioned figure is inclusive of all her assets.

Since her childhood days, she was interested in acting. When she was in Central Falls High School, she was also actively involved in a stage show. She played her first role in 1996 and that was in the movie, The Substance of Fire.

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Viola Davis facts on timeline

Born in St Matthews, South Carolina

August 11 , 1965

Viola Davis was from the humble background born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, United States of America to Mary Alice and Dan Davis. She is an American and is of black ethnicity. She is of average height. 

Joined Juilliard School


After she graduated from Rhode Island College, she got enrolled at Juilliard School. She joined this school in 1989 and she joined them in Drama Division's Group 22. She stayed there for about four years till the end of 1993. 

Began her acting career


 Viola Davis childhood dreams was also acting. When she was in Central Falls High School, she was also actively involved in stage show. She played her first role in 1996 and that was in the movie, The Substance of Fire.

Rose to prominence


It took her only half decade to finally earn her name and fame as an actress. In 2001, she portrayed her role in the television series, King Hedley II. After playing her role in this series, she rose to prominence as she was honored with Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.

Married to Julius Tennon

June 23 , 2003

She has been married to Julius Tennon since a long time. On 23rd of June, 2003, she got married to with him. He is also the famous African American actor and he is also known as a producer. He is known for his role in the movie, Small Soldiers. 

Adopted a child


Though she got married with Julius Tennon since the end of 2003, she was not able to give birth to her child till the start of 2011. In 2011, she and her husband, Julius Tennon decided to adopt a child and they adopted a daughter named Genesis Tennon in October. 

Won Primetime Emmy Awards


Primetime Emmy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really fells honored if they win this award for the first time. She has also once been honored with this award and that was recently in 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress. 

Won African-American Film Critics Association


She has been honored with the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) twice in her life. She got her first nomination in this award in 2008 and she won this award that year for Best Supporting Actress.

Won Awards Circuit Community Awards


She played an outstanding role in the movie The Help and for that role she was honored with Awards Circuit Community Awards. She won this award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She was nominated in this award for the first time in 2008. 

Won Black Reel Awards


She has been nominated in several prestigious awards and she has also won some of them. She was honored with this award for the first time in her life in 2008 and that was for Best Supporting Actress. It is 2012, she won this award last time and that was for Best Actress.