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VIOLA DAVIS (Delia Shiraz) made an indelible impression with her performance in Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Davis turned in a critically acclaimed performance in Doubt, for which she earned Academy Award®, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations and a Breakthrough Award from The National Board of Review. Recently, Davis made cameo appearances in Madea Goes to Jail, State of Play, and Law Abiding Citizen; she next appears in Knight and Day, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Trust. This summer, Davis will begin production in The Help, in the lead role of "Abileen”. Her additional film credits include Nights in Rodanthe, the Emmy-nominated A&E miniseries "The Andromeda Strain,” Disturbia, The Architect, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Syriana, Far from Heaven, Solaris, Traffic, and Out of Sight. Davis' television credits include recurring roles on "United States of Tara,” "Law & Order: SVU” and "Jesse Stone,” "Traveler,” "Century City,” "Lefty,” and "City of Angels.” In 2004, Davis won best actress awards from the Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, and Audelco in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of "Intimate Apparel.” In 2001, Davis won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in "King Hedley II.” Davis is currently winning rave reviews as "Rose” in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's play "Fences” opposite Denzel Washington. She has garnered another Tony Award, as well as honors from the Outer Critics' Circle, Drama League and the Drama Desk. Davis is a graduate of The Julliard School and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.


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