Received a 1999 Obie Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play "Everybody's Ruby".
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[on playing Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder
(2014)] The challenge for any writer, any artist, is to somehow combine art with the mess that we call life. I spent too much time in my career - probably too much - trying to force writers to write for me in a way that was bold. Well, you know what? This is it. This is bold.
Viola Davis won both a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the role of Rose Maxon in "Fences" (in the 2010 Broadway revival of the play and the 2016 film adaptation, respectively). In the original 1987 Broadway production of the play, the role of Rose was originated by the actress Mary Alice
--which was also the name of Viola Davis's mother.
Often plays longsuffering mothers (e.g. Doubt, Antwone Fisher, Get on Up, Fences)