So today we are crushing on no other but the multi-award winning and inspiring actress Viola Davis. Her life inspires many around the world with her strong personality and her exceptional professionalism in her work.
The first black woman to ever be nominated for three Academy Awards, Davis has been paving her own way for more than 30 years, with powerful performances in films like 2011’s The Help and on TV, where she currently stars in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder.
Being born into a poor home didn’t stop her from aiming for the top, Viola Davis doesn’t mince words about her childhood. “I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” she says. “We had nothing.”
Celebrating her historic Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, the 51-years-old, reflects on her journey to the pinnacle of Hollywood success in PEOPLE’s new cover story, saying: ‘I cannot believe my life, I just can’t. I’m so blessed.’
Growing up in Central Falls, R.I., Davis and her five siblings endured harsh living conditions as their parents, Dan and Mae Alice, struggled to make ends meet.
She said: “I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry.
“I never had any kids come to my house because my house was a condemned building, it was boarded up, and it was infested with rats. I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it.”
Davis first envisioned herself as an actor after she watched Cicely Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman when she was a child.
She earned a full scholarship to Rhode Island College, and then graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City. She found success on Broadway, she won her first Tony for 2001’s King Hedley II—and in films such as 2008’s Doubt.
Davis is currently the talk of every black person, as the first black woman to win three resounding awards i.e. Emmy, TONY and now Oscar among other awards.
She is happily married to Julius Tennon since 2003 and they are blessed with a beautiful baby girl Genesis Tennon.