Viola Davis Biography

Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. Having won an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, she is the first African-American to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting." Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017. In 2017 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2020, The New York Times ranked Davis ninth on its list of "The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century."

Born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the 2001 Broadway production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Davis's film breakthrough came in 2008, when her role as a troubled mother in the film Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s. She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for playing Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For starring as a 1960s housemaid in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Screen Actors Guild Award.

In 2014, Davis began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series 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. In 2016, Davis reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to receive a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Steve McQueen's heist film Widows (2018). In 2020, Davis garnered universal acclaim for her performance in the titular role of the film adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are founders of a production company, JuVee Productions. Davis is also widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color.

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Viola Davis Videos

Viola Davis talks 'How to Get Away With Murder' going out with a bang l GMA
Viola Davis About Surviving Childhood Poverty, Her Daughter Genesis
Viola Davis: Barnard Commencement 2019

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How much does it cost to book Viola Davis?

Booking fees for Viola Davis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Viola Davis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Viola Davis?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Viola Davis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Viola Davis for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Viola Davis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Viola Davis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Viola Davis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Performing Arts, Overcoming Adversity and Race Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Viola Davis for live events is $200,000 and above, and for virtual events $100,000 - $200,000. Viola Davis generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Issa Rae, Mindy Kaling and Trevor Noah. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Viola Davis for an upcoming event.

Viola Davis Videos

Viola Davis talks 'How to Get Away With Murder' going out with a bang l GMA
Viola Davis About Surviving Childhood Poverty, Her Daughter Genesis
Viola Davis: Barnard Commencement 2019
Viola Davis speaks at Women's March

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How to book Viola Davis?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Viola Davis for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Viola Davis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Viola Davis or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Viola Davis?

Booking fees for Viola Davis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Viola Davis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Viola Davis?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Viola Davis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Viola Davis for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Viola Davis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Viola Davis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Viola Davis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Performing Arts, Overcoming Adversity and Race Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Viola Davis for live events is $200,000 and above, and for virtual events $100,000 - $200,000. Viola Davis generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Issa Rae, Mindy Kaling and Trevor Noah. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Viola Davis for an upcoming event.

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