“You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” ~Viola Davis, Actress & Humanitarian

Summary: Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting. In 2012 and 2017, she was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since 2014, Davis has played lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her portrayal also won her two SAG Awards in 2015 and 2016. In Febuarary 2017, Actress Viola Davis named Harvard Artist of the Year. Additionally, Actress Viola Davis supports a few charities including, Friendly House, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Rape Foundation, Safeway Foundation, and Soles4Souls.

Nationality: African-American

Industry: Entertainment & Activism

Q: How did your childhood affect your work? on Time.com

A: I stole for food, I jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I didn’t join the hunger is campaign to save the world. I set out to save myself.