Black Excellence: The Success Story Of How Viola Davis Went From Stealing Money For Food To Becoming A Star With Huge Net Worth

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Viola Davis

The American actress and film producer Viola Davis began her career as a stage actress. She began acting in high school, and she was quickly discovered. She continued her education at Rhode Island College, majoring in theater. After graduating from college, Davis honed her acting skills at the renowned Juilliard School.

Davis’s first paid role was in the 1996 film “The Substance of Fire.” Her breakthrough, however, occurred when she portrayed Tonya in the Broadway play “King Hedley II.” Since then, she has starred in a number of films and television series and received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. She is the first African-American actress to win all three awards (earning a Tony Award, an Emmy Award, and an Academy Award in the acting categories).

Davis is also the Black woman with the most Oscar nominations in history. The New York Times has also included her on its list of the decade’s ten greatest actors.

Among her well-known films are “Intimate Apparel,” “Out of Sight,” “Solaris,” “Antwone Fisher,” “Traffic,” and “Syriana.” Among the others are “Doubt,” “Far From Heaven,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and “Kate & Leopold.”

Her successful acting career has made her one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. Celebrity Net Worth estimates that her net worth is $25 million. According to the platform, the actress’s earnings between September 2019 and September 2020 were approximately $15 million.

In addition to acting, Davis is an activist against child hunger. In the Showtime anthology series The First Lady, she portrays Michelle Obama, the former first lady. She explained to the Wall Street Journal how her difficult upbringing influenced her role.

Davis referred to Michelle Obama’s support for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by saying, “I mean, her Hunger-Free program for children.” “I bring this up because I was a hungry child. I was raised in extreme poverty. I engaged in dumpster diving. I stole funds to buy food. Coming from Chicago’s South Side, I believe Michelle Obama was acutely aware of [this type of poverty].”

In another interview, she elaborated on her role as Michelle Obama, stating that filling the shoes of the former first lady was not easy. “She walks like a boss,” Davis reportedly told Variety.

She said, “During the pandemic, I was ready to jump out of an airplane.” “I’m willing to do something that jolts me awake, good or bad. And sometimes you need that to rediscover your enthusiasm for your work.”

Davis, who was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina on August 11, 1965, is married to fellow actor Julius Tennon. She became the stepmother of the children from Tennon’s previous marriage. In addition, they have an adopted daughter.

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