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VIOLA DAVIS (Director George) is a critically revered actress of film, television and theater and has won rave reviews for her intriguingly diverse roles. Davis recently returned to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of August Wilson's Fences, alongside Denzel Washington. The 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning drama opened at the Cort Theatre earlier this year.

Davis stars in Showtime's hit series United States of Tara, written by Academy-Award winner Diablo Cody. Davis portrays Lynda P. Frazier, a wildly eccentric artist and friend to Tara (Toni Collette). The second season premiered March 22, 2010.

Davis stars with Julia Roberts in the Sony Pictures film Eat Pray Love, in which she plays Roberts' best friend, Delia. Davis also completed production on It's Kind of a Funny Story opposite Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham and Zach Galifianakis, which Focus Features is releasing in November 2010.

In 2008, Davis starred in the critically revered film Doubt, based on the Tony Award winning play, where she portrayed Mrs. Miller, mother of a young boy who piques the fascination of a Catholic priest. She shared the screen with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the powerful drama directed by John Patrick Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin. For the role, Davis was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The National Board of Review recognized Davis with a "Breakthrough Award.” She was also honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival as a "Virtuoso.”

In September 2008 Davis shared the big screen with Diane Lane, Richard Gere and James Franco in the drama Nights of Rodanthe, directed by George C. Wolfe. Based on the novel of the same name, the film centers around a woman (Lane) who retreats to the tiny North Carolina coastal town of Rodanthe to watch over a friend's (Davis) inn for the weekend. There she meets a male guest (Gere) who is seeking shelter from a pending storm and their lives subsequently begin to intertwine.

In May 2008, Davis starred on the small screen in the A&E mini-series The Andromeda Strain with Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack and Rick Schroeder. When an entire town, with the exception of a baby and an old man, is killed by a mysterious virus brought to earth by a returning satellite, it is up to a crack team of scientists to find a cure before the world is decimated. The Andromeda Strain was nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Mini-Series or Made for Television Movie.

Additional film credits include cameo appearances in Medea Goes to Jail, State of Play and Law Abiding Citizen; and a supporting role in Disturbia starring Shia LaBeouf for director D.J. Caruso. Davis was also seen in the independent film The Architect opposite Anthony LaPaglia; 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.

Davis' television credits also include a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU; a recurring role in the CBS mini-series franchise Jesse Stone opposite Tom Selleck; a starring role as Diane Barrino in Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story for Lifetime; a starring role in ABC's Traveler playing Agent Jan Marlow; CBS' Century City; Lefty, and the Steven Bochco series City of Angels. Additionally, she had roles 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 directed by 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 Obie® and the Audelco Award. Davis was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award as well. She reprised her role at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles where she was recognized with the Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics and the Garland Awards. In 2001, Davis was awarded a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II. Davis also received a Drama Desk Award in recognition of her work.

Davis is a graduate of The Juilliard School and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Julius Tennon.

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