IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
VIOLA DAVIS (Dr. Eden Minerva) notably starred on-screen
opposite Meryl Streep in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, earning Screen
Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award
nominations; and a National Board of Review award, among other
She recently won her second Drama Desk and Tony Awards. The two
sets of honors recognized her performances in plays by August Wilson;
Fences and King Hedley II, under the direction of Kenny Leon and
Marion McClinton, respectively. Ms. Davis has previously earned
Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations for her Broadway debut in
Mr. Wilson's Seven Guitars, directed by Lloyd Richards. The latter also
brought her Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards.
Her performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of
Lynn Nottage's play, Intimate Apparel, directed by Daniel Sullivan,
brought her Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, and Audelco Awards as
well as a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. Ms. Davis reprised her role
at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and was honored with the
Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics, and Garland Awards.
Her other stage credits include the title role in Thulani Davis' play
Everybody's Ruby, at NYC's Public Theater, winning an Obie Award and
receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination, under the direction of
Kenny Leon; the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of
Pericles and As You Like It; the Lincoln Center staging of God's Heart;
and productions by and with the American Conservatory Theatre, the
Sundance Theatre Institute, Trinity Repertory Company, the Goodman
Theatre, the Guthrie, and the Huntington.
Ms. Davis' television work includes guest-starring arcs on United
States of Tara and Law & Order; Special Victims Unit; series regular
roles on Traveler, Century City, and City of Angels; multiple Stone
Cold telefilms opposite Tom Selleck; the "Oprah Winfrey Presentsâ€ť
telefilm Amy & Isabelle, directed by Lloyd Kramer; and Debbie Allen's
telefilm Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, opposite
Her many feature films include Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love, opposite
Julia Roberts; James Mangold's Knight and Day; F. Gary Gray's Law
Abiding Citizen; Kevin Macdonald's State of Play; Tyler Perry's Madea
Goes to Jail; George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe; D.J. Caruso's
Disturbia; Oliver Stone's World Trade Center; Jim Sheridan's Get Rich
or Die Tryin'; Stephen Gaghan's Syriana; Todd Haynes' Far from
Heaven, also for Focus Features; and, for director Steven Soderbergh,
Out of Sight, Traffic, and Solaris. Her performance in Denzel
Washington's Antwone Fisher earned her an Independent Spirit Award
nomination. Her upcoming movies include David Schwimmer's Trust,
with Clive Owen and Catherine Keener; and the screen adaptation of
Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel The Help. In the latter, Ms. Davis
stars opposite Emma Stone for writer/director Tate Taylor.
A Juilliard School graduate, she also holds an Honorary Doctorate of
Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.
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