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VIOLA DAVIS (Aibileen) received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and a Golden Globe® Award nomination, as well as being voted Best Breakthrough Performance-Female by the National Board of Review, for her role as Mrs. Miller in "Doubt.” Davis' other feature film credits include: "It's Kind of a Funny Story,” "Trust,” "Eat Pray Love,” "Knight & Day,” "Law Abiding Citizen,” "State of Play,” "Madea Goes to Jail,” "Nights in Rodanthe,” "Disturbia,” "Syriana,” "Get Rich or Die Tryin',” "Solaris,” "Antwone Fisher” (for which Davis was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), "Far from Heaven,” "Kate & Leopold,” "Traffic” and "The Substance of Fire,” among others.

On Broadway, Davis won Tony® Awards for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her role in "King Hedley II” (for which she also won the Drama Desk Award) and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for "Fences.” Off-Broadway, in The Roundabout Theatre Company's production of "Intimate Apparel,” she won Best Actress awards from the Drama Desk and the Drama League, and received the Obie Award and the Audelco Award. She was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award as well. Davis reprised her role at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles where she won the Ovation Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Garland Award. On television, Davis was seen last year in a six-episode arc in Showtime's hit series "United States of Tara.” She also starred in the A&E miniseries "The Andromeda Strain,” and enjoyed recurring roles on "Law & Order: SVU” and in the CBS miniseries franchise "Jesse Stone.”

Additional television credits include "Traveler,” "Century City,” "Lefty” and "City of Angels.” She also had roles in Oprah Winfrey's "Amy and Isabelle” and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Grace and Glorie.”

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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