Viola Davis Biography

Love, Marilyn

Love, Marilyn

Score: 9 / 10
Released: April 5, 2013 - Toronto
Director: Liz Garbus
Producer: Amy Hobby, Liz Garbus, Stanley Buchthal
Studio: Mongrel Media
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Evan Rachel Wood, Ben Foster, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Viola Davis, Adrien Brody, Jeremy Piven, Ellen Burstyn, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Lindsay Lohan
Genre: Documentary
Length: 105 minutes
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Viola Davis Biography

VIOLA DAVIS

Date of Birth: August 11, 1965

A graduate of Juilliard, Viola Davis built an exceptional background in theater productions and has continued to perform on-stage throughout her television and film career.

Making her feature film debut in 1996 as a nurse in The Substance of Fire, Davis followed that up with several TV movies and guest-star appearances on dramatic series like Law & Order and NYPD Blue. She went on to play another nurse in City of Angels, a hospital drama with a predominately African-American cast that didn't last long on CBS. She began collaborating with Steven Soderbergh for Out of Sight, and went on to star in two of the director's next few films, Traffic and Solaris.

In 2001, she appeared in Kate and Leopold and in Oprah Winfrey's television presentation of Amy & Isabelle. The next year Davis played parts in both Far From Heaven and Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher.

In 2009 Davis received her first Academy Award nomination for her exceptional performance in Doubt (2008). Since then she's appeared in a number of major motion pictures, including Law Abiding Citizen (2009) with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, Knight and Day (2010) with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Eat Pray Love (2010) with Julia Roberts and Won't Back Down (2012) with Maggie Gyllenhaal. In 2012, she received her second Academy Award nomination and her second Golden Globe nomination, this time for her leading role as Aibileen Clark in The Help. She followed this up with roles in Prisoners (2013) alongside Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, Ender's Game (2013), Get On Up (2014), and Lila & Eve (2015).

Davis can now be seen starring in the hit ABC series How to Get Away with Murder. Recent movie appearances include the action flick Suicide Squad (2016) and the drama Fences (2016).

For her role in the latter, she received numerous awards including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, SAG Award and a Golden Globe.

Filmography:

Fences(2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Lila & Eve (2015)
Blackhat (2015)
Get on Up (2014)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Ender's Game (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
Prisoners (2013)
Won't Back Down (2012)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
The Help (2011)
Trust (2010)
Eat Pray Love (2011)
KIt's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
night and Day (2010)
Beyond All Boundaries (2009) (voice)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
State of Play (2009)
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
Doubt (2008)
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Disturbia (2007)
World Trade Center (2006)
The Architect (2006)
Syriana (2005) (uncredited)
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Solaris (2002)
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Far from Heaven (2002)
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Traffic (2000)
Out of Sight (1998)
The Substance of Fire (1996)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Suicide Squad (2016)
Actor Suicide Squad 3D (2016)
Actor Blackhat (2015)
Actor Lila & Eve (2015)
Actor Get on Up (2014)
Actor Ender's Game (2013)
Actor Love, Marilyn (2013)
Actor Prisoners (2013)
Actor Won't Back Down (2012)
Actor The Help (2011)
Viola Davis The Help interview
Actress in a Leading Role Nominee
Actor Eat Pray Love (2010)
Actor Knight and Day (2010)
Actor Doubt (2008) Actress in a Supporting Role Nominee
Actor Far From Heaven (2002)
Actor Solaris (2002)