Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several awards, and is one of the few performers to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award, dubbed the Triple Crown of Acting.Born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, Davis began her acting career, 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 supporting and 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 August Wilson's King Hedley II in 2001. Davis' film breakthrough came in 2008, when her supporting role in the drama Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.