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2010
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010
Live at Radio City Music Hall

Viola Davis — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Viola Davi

Show:
Fences

Role:
Rose Maxson, the loving, strong-willed 1950s-era wife of tragic hero Troy Maxson and mother of their teen son, Cory.

Bio Brief:
An admired stage actress with an enormous range, Davis now finds herself in demand in movies, as well: She nabbed an Oscar nomination for the screen version of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt and has juicy roles coming up in Eat, Pray, Love and the movie adaptation of The Help.

Other Honors for This Role
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Play
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

Tony History:
1996: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Seven Guitars
2001: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, King Hedley II

Fun Fact:
All three of Davis’ Tony nods have been earned in plays by August Wilson.

Quotable Quote:
“Rose is a rich character in terms of her journey and in terms of realizing her own worth. Feminists would probably call Rose a liberated woman. She has clarity in terms of her power—and not only does she speak it into being, she actually lives it. I think that’s what makes her really extraordinary.” —Davis in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/10

 

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