More Viola Davis Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Doubt)Viola Davis made an indelible impression on the screen with her heart-wrenching performance in Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Immediately upon wrapping production on Doubt, Davis began production on State of Play, with Russell Crowe and Rachael McAdams. The film, directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), will be released in April 2009.
Davis had a supporting role in the thriller Disturbia starring Shia LeBeouf for director D.J. Caruso. Additional film credits include Far From Heaven with Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore, and Solaris, Traffic and Out of Sight.
In 2001, Davis earned rave reviews for her performance in August Wilson's King Hedley II, directed by Marion McClinton. She went on to win the Tony Award that year for Best Featured Actress.
In 2004, Davis lit up the stage in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Lynn Nottage's play, 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.
Davis is a graduate of The Juilliard School and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.
Biography #3 (for Far From Heaven)Viola Davis received the 2001 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Tonya in August Wilson's King Hedley II. The performance also garnered her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She had previously been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance as Vera in August Wilson's Seven Guitars, which brought her an Outer Critics Circle Award as well as a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.
Her stage credits also include the title role in Everybody's Ruby (at New York's Public Theatre, for which she received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination); New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Pericles, and As You Like It; God's Heart (at New York's Lincoln Center); and August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Davis has performed with, among other theater companies: American Conservatory Theatre, Sundance Theatre Institute, and Trinity Repertory Company. She has performed around the country at, among other theaters: The Goodman, The Guthrie, and The Huntington.
Her screen credits include three films directed by Far from Heaven executive producer Steven Soderbergh: the Academy Award-winning TRAFFIC, OUT OF SIGHT, and the upcoming SOLARIS; James Mangold's KATE & LEOPOLD; Richard Benjamin's THE SHRINK IS IN; Daniel Sullivan's THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE; and the soon-to-be-released ANTWONE FISHER, directed by Denzel Washington.
Davis' television work includes a regular role on the Steven Bochco-produced series CITY OF ANGELS; the Oprah Winfrey Presents telefilm AMY & ISABELLE (directed by Lloyd Kramer); the Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm GRACE AND GLORIE (directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman); Richard
Benjamin's telefilm THE PENTAGON WARS; and guest appearances on THE GUARDIAN, JUDGING AMY, THIRD WATCH, PROVIDENCE, NYPD BLUE, and LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT.
She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.
Bio courtesy Focus Features for "Far From Heaven" (08-Nov-2002)