ABWW Heroine of the Day: Viola Adams

I first saw Viola Davis in Todd Haynes, poor sad white girl epic Far From Heaven. Her few minutes as the maid for the naive, self absorbed lead character was done with dignity and left me wanting to know what her life was like instead of the white female character. I then realized I had seen her a public defense attorney on Law and Order for years. She got bigger parts in Solaris and the TV version, the Andromeda Strain and broke my heart in Antoine Fisher.Lately she had a bravura turn on United States of Tara and actually got to tell of the white folks who had used her the get their groove back!

I admired Viola because she handled every role with honesty and never seem to take any role that demeaned her as a black women. Little did I know that she was a prolific Broadway actress.n 2001, she was awarded the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II, a “35-year-old mother fighting eloquently for the right to abort a pregnancy.”She has also received two Drama Desk Awards, for her work in King Hedley II and, in 2004, for her work in an off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel. Last Sunday she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in the play Fences and has four film projects in production. On top of her sterling career she is happily married actor Julius Tennon.

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