A Toast To Viola Davis

In 2017 Viola Davis received her first Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Fences. Tonight our official state flower has a very good shot at adding a Best Actress Oscar to her groaning awards shelf, this time for playing the title role in another August Wilson work, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Davis is clearly held in the highest esteem by her fellow actors who honored he Ma Rainey performance at the SAG Awards earlier this month. She is the first African-American to win five Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Go here to watch last week’s profile on “60 Minutes” in which she discusses growing up poor in Central Falls and studying theater at Rhode Island College. (One thing she enjoys about her improved circumstances is fashion. Even for these remote Zoom award events — she goes all out.)

How much do we love Viola Davis? Not only has she become one of the most respected actors working today, but she has not forgotten her home state. For more about her generosity read:

“Actress Viola Davis donates $10,000 to Central Falls High School” ProJo 1.21.20.

“Central Falls native Viola Davis donates meals to local heath care workers” WPRI 5.20.20.

She is ‘The Best’ in all categories. Good luck Viola Davis! You make us so proud.



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