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VIOLA DAVIS (Jean) is a critically revered actress of film, television and theater who made an indelible impression on the big screen with her heart-wrenching turn in Denzel Washington's "Antwone Fisher,” which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Davis will next star alongside Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the highly anticipated film "Doubt,” written and directed by John Patrick Shanley from his play and slated for a December release. She will also be seen in the features "State of Play,” with Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachael McAdams and Jason Bateman, directed by Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland”) and based on the popular BBC television series; and Tyler Perry's "Medea Goes to Jail,” loosely based on the Atlanta stage production. Both are set to debut in 2009.

Recently, Davis had a supporting role in the thriller "Disturbia,” starring Shia LaBeouf, for director D.J. Caruso. She was also seen in the independent film "The Architect,” opposite Anthony LaPaglia. Her additional film credits include Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'” opposite 50 Cent; "Syriana,” starring George Clooney, directed by Stephen Gaghan and produced by Steven Soderbergh (Davis' fourth collaboration with the Oscar®-winning director); "Far from Heaven,” with Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore; and "Solaris,” "Traffic” and "Out of Sight,” all directed by Soderbergh.

In Summer 2008, Davis starred in the Emmy Award-nominated A&E miniseries "The Andromeda Strain.” Her additional television credits include a recurring role on "Law & Order: SVU”; a recurring role in the CBS franchise "Jesse Stone,” opposite Tom Selleck; a starring role in "Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” for Lifetime; and starring roles in ABC's "Traveler,” CBS' "Century City,” "Lefty” and the Steven Bochco series "City of Angels.” Additionally, she appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "Amy and Isabelle” and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Grace and Glorie.”

In 2004, Davis lit up the stage in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel,” for Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan. She garnered the highest honors for an off-Broadway play, including Best Actress awards from the Drama Desk, the Drama League, the Obies and the Audelco Award, as well as a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award. She reprised her role at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where she was recognized with the Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics and Garland Awards. In 2001, Davis was awarded a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her work in playwright August Wilson's "King Hedley II.” She captured the attention of critics and audiences alike for her portrayal of Tonya, a 35- year-old woman forced to fight for the right to abort an unwanted pregnancy. Davis also received a Drama Desk Award for her performance.

A graduate of Juilliard, Davis also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma mater Rhode Island College. She is married to actor Julius Tennon.


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