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VIOLA DAVIS (Gordon) is making her third appearance in a Steven Soderbergh film, following roles in the Academy Award-winning "Traffic" and "Out of Sight." Later this year, she will be seen in "Far From Heaven," written and directed by Todd Haynes, which Soderbergh executive produced.

Her additional screen credits include James Mangold's "Kate & Leopold," Richard Benjamin's "The Shrink is In," Daniel Sullivan's "The Substance of Fire," Jerry Zaks' "Marvin's Room," and the soon-to-be-released "The Antwone Fisher Story," directed by Denzel Washington.

Last year, Davis received the 2001 Antoinette Perry (Tony)® Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Tonya in August Wilson's "King Hedley II." The performance also earned her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance as Vera in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," which brought her an Outer Critics Circle Award as well as a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

Davis's additional stage credits include the title role in the New York Public Theatre's production of "Everybody's Ruby," for which she received an Obie® Award and a Drama Desk Award. She also performed in the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Pericles" and "As You Like It;" "God's Heart" at New York's Lincoln Center and August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Trinity Repertory Theatre.

The actress has performed with, among other theatre companies, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Sundance Theatre Institute, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Nationally, she has performed in productions at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The Guthrie in Minneapolis and The Huntington in San Francisco.

Davis' television work includes a regular role on the Steven Bochco-produced series "City of Angels," the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" telefilm "Amy & Isabelle" (directed by Lloyd Kramer), the Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm "Grace and Glorie" (directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman), Richard Benjamin's telefilm "The Pentagon Wars," plus guest appearances on "The Guardian," "Judging Amy," "Third Watch," "Providence," "NYPD Blue" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Davis recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.

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