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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/viola_davis.jpg]]²Viola Davis (August 11, 1965-) is an American actress known for her work on stage, in {{film}}, and now on [[LiveActionTV television.]] Davis earned acclaim and [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar nods]] for her roles in ''Film/{{Doubt}}'' and ''Film/TheHelp''. She currently stars as criminal law professor Annalise Keating on Creator/ShondaRhimes' ABC drama ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'', for which she won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama, making her the first black actress to ever win the award, and plays [[BlackBossLady Amanda Waller]] in 2016's ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}''. Her role in ''Fences'' earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.²²She is the first black actor to achieve the [[UsefulNotes/TheEGOTs "triple crown of acting"]] - an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony in the competitive acting categories. ²²!! Selected filmography: ²* ''Film/ThePentagonWars'': Sgt Fanning.²* ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]'' (2002) as Dr. Gordon²* ''Film/{{Disturbia}}'' (2007) as Detective Parker²* ''Film/{{Doubt}}'' (2008) as Mrs. Miller [[note]]UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for Best Supporting Actress[[/note]]²* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'' (2009) as Mayor April Henry²* ''Film/KnightAndDay'' (2010) as Director Isabel George²* ''Film/EatPrayLove'' (2010) as Delia Shiraz²* ''Film/ItsKindOfAFunnyStory'' (2010) as Dr. Minerva²* ''Film/TheHelp'' (2011) as Aibileen Clark [[note]]UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for Best Actress[[/note]]²* ''Film/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose'' (2012) as Abby Black²* ''Film/BeautifulCreatures'' (2013) as Amarie "Amma" Treadeau²* ''Film/EndersGame'' (2013) as Major Anderson²* ''Film/TheDisappearanceOfEleanorRigby'' (2013) as Lillian Friedman²* ''Film/{{Prisoners}}'' (2013) as Nancy Birch²* ''Film/GetOnUp'' (2014) as Susie Brown²* ''Film/{{Blackhat}}'' (2015) as Agent Carol Barrett²* ''Film/{{SuicideSquad|2016}}'' (2016) as Amanda Waller²* ''Theatre/{{Fences}}'' (2016) as Rose Maxson [[note]]UsefulNotes/AcademyAward win for Best Supporting Actress (and won a Tony Award for playing the role on the stage)²* ''Film/{{Widows}}'' (2018) as Veronica[[/note]]²²!! Selected television filmography: ²* ''Series/CityOfAngels'' (2000) as Lynnette Peeler²* ''Series/CenturyCity'' (2004) as Hannah Crane²* ''Series/{{Traveler}}'' (2007) as Agent Jan Marlow²* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' (2003 -- 2008) as Donna Emmett²* ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara'' (2009) as Lynda P Frazier²* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' (2013) as Helen Hanshaw (replaced by Dawnn Lewis in her second speaking appearance)²* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' (2014 -- present) as Annalise Keating [[note]]UsefulNotes/EmmyAward win for Best Leading Actress -- Drama[[/note]]

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