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Viola Davis

Author of Finding Me: A Memoir

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Works by Viola Davis

Finding Me: A Memoir (2019) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 621 copies, 36 reviews
Corduroy Takes a Bow (2018) — Author — 320 copies, 3 reviews

Associated Works

The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (2001) — Narrator, some editions — 554 copies, 11 reviews
The Help [2011 film] (2011) 539 copies, 3 reviews
Ender's Game [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 359 copies, 2 reviews
Knight and Day [2010 film] (2010) 312 copies, 2 reviews
Kate & Leopold [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 274 copies, 1 review
Suicide Squad [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 252 copies, 3 reviews
Eat Pray Love [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 224 copies, 1 review
Solaris [2002 film] (2000) — Actor — 189 copies, 3 reviews
Beautiful Creatures [2013 film] (2013) 186 copies, 1 review
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close [2011 film] (2012) — Actor — 175 copies, 2 reviews
Law Abiding Citizen [2009 film] (2009) — Actor — 171 copies
Nights in Rodanthe [2008 film] (2008) — Actress — 166 copies, 1 review
Doubt [2008 film] (2006) 158 copies, 3 reviews
Far from Heaven [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 143 copies, 3 reviews
Fences [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 133 copies, 2 reviews
The Suicide Squad [2021 Film] (2021) — Actor — 107 copies, 2 reviews
Antwone Fisher [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 103 copies, 3 reviews
Prisoners [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 91 copies, 2 reviews
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise [2006 TV movie] (2006) — Actor — 85 copies, 1 review
Jesse Stone: Night Passage [2006 TV movie] (2006) — Actor — 82 copies, 2 reviews
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 71 copies, 3 reviews
Jesse Stone: Sea Change [2007 TV Movie] (2007) — Actor — 64 copies, 2 reviews
Widows [2018 film] (2019) — Actor — 56 copies, 2 reviews
Blackhat [2015 film] (2015) — Actor — 47 copies, 1 review
It's Kind of a Funny Story [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 43 copies
Niobe: She Is Life (2017) — Foreword, some editions — 41 copies, 1 review
The Woman King [2022 film] (2022) — Actor — 33 copies
Get On Up [2014 film] (2016) — Actor — 31 copies
Air [2023 film] (2023) — Actor — 21 copies, 1 review
Won't Back Down (2015) — Actor — 9 copies
Trust [2010 movie] (2010) — Actor — 8 copies
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [2020 film] (2020) — Actor — 7 copies
Custody [2016 film] — Actor — 2 copies
The First Lady [2022 TV series] (2022) — Actor — 1 copy

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Birthdate
1965-08-11
Gender
female
Nationality
USA

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A internacionalmente aclamada atriz Viola Davis narra em sua biografia, Em busca de mim , tudo o que viveu desde a infância difícil até o estrelato. Nesta biografia você vai conhecer uma garotinha chamada Viola, que fugia de seu passado até tomar a transformadora decisão de parar de fugir para sempre.
 
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JeanArtacho | 35 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
Real, raw, moving, passionate, honest.
 
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winterskiss | 35 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
I’ve been trying to verbalize how fantastic this is. Viola Davis and her story is so compelling. It’s a story that needs to be told. It’s written so beautifully and relatable. She has been through and endured so much at times it almost painful to think any person went through all which she has. But through it you get to see her strength and resolve. She knew what she wanted and despite all the odds she managed to make it happen.
 
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Frogiekins04 | 35 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |
I turned the page and I was at the end and I was all, "Wait!? That's it!" I hope that Viola Davis graces us with a second memoir. This was the third memoir in my unintentional reading of memoirs this year. I've read Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, and now Viola Davis's Finding Me.

I've been a fan of Davis's work, but it was her portrayal of Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom that clinched it for me. She strode onto that screen and manifested Rainey. I've been reading August Wilson's Century Cycle of plays with a group at the Seattle Athenaeum and reading her memoir, Davis has appeared in several of Wilson's plays including playing Rose on the big screen in Denzel Washington's Fences.

This quote about playing Rose:
"Because I had to start finding me in How to Get Away with Murder, the making of the film Fences was perfect. Perfect material for the screen based on the play by August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted ordinary people. To me, the original Troy was my father Dan Davis, born in 1936, who groomed horses, had a fifth-grade education, and didn't know how to read until he was fifteen years old. These characters in Fences were real to me, they were my life. August's material is great because he lets us bleed and he lets us talk. Rose was a fully realized character....

In ten cycles of plays that August Wilson wrote (often referred to as his Century Cycle), he portrayed Black American life in every decade in the twentieth century. So, you get a history lesson, but you also get to sit with us as human beings and see how that time period affected us. In Fences, Rose is a housewife who just wants to keep her family together. She is an absolute produce of the 1950s, suppressing her own dreams, even being cheated on after she gives her whole life to her family."

The book takes us through Davis's journey from her childhood poverty and abuse, to her discovery of acting, through her acting education, and various roles she has played up until about Fences. It also includes her love story--and I love a love story that happens in later life. I hope the next book will cover the roles she had next and may she have a long career. Ultimately, it is a memoir about finding oneself, working through trauma, making art, and the power of family love.

I also thought Davis's description of the privilege that exists in the acting profession to be a lesson for those hiring in the arts. She writes about it in Chapter 15 but I'll sum it up here with a one-sentence quote, "He who has choices has resources." If you are in the Arts, or hiring for the Arts, you should at least read this one chapter.

So my tally so far on my memoirs...
1. Viola Davis has moved into the top spot because she deftly blends her life and her art and left me wanting to learn more. I also have now been watching Viola Davis clips and interviews on Youtube, I've included a few below.
2. Barbra Streisand moves into second place simply because she said too much.
3. Britney Spears--entertaining, but not even in the same intellectual league as Streisand and Davis.

Links to trailers for two August Wilson plays that Ms. Davis appeared in:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spCxVd9ctFs&ab_channel=ParamountPictures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ord7gP151vk&ab_channel=Netflix

And her appearance on Hot Ones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzKZNM2Ir8A&ab_channel=FirstWeFeast
Appropriately titled, Viola Davis Gives a Master Class While Eating Spicy Wings.
I love Hot Ones!
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auldhouse | 35 other reviews | Mar 17, 2024 |

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ISBNs
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