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Viola Davis reveals she used to jump in the trash with maggots for food

Viola Davis reveals she used to jump in the trash with maggots for food

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) --Viola Davis opened up about her humble upbringing while addressing the audience during Variety's 2014 Power of Women luncheon Friday.
Veronica Linares
Jessica Chastain talks bullying, says she was called 'ugly' everyday at school

Jessica Chastain talks bullying, says she was called 'ugly' everyday at school

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) --Jessica Chastain is often praised as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, but the 37-year-old actress hasn't always felt this way.
Veronica Linares
Jane Fonda reveals mother was molested before suicide at 42

Jane Fonda reveals mother was molested before suicide at 42

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Jane Fonda spoke at a brunch celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center when she revealed that her mother was a victim of sexual abuse.
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Shonda Rhimes takes NYT critic to task for calling her an 'angry black woman'

Shonda Rhimes takes NYT critic to task for calling her an 'angry black woman'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) --Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter Friday to express her anger toward New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley for deeming her an "angry black woman."
Aileen Graef
Debra Messing, Sofia Vergara to be presenters at next week's Emmys ceremony

Debra Messing, Sofia Vergara to be presenters at next week's Emmys ceremony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Debra Messing, Sofia Vergara, Allison Janney and Lucy Liu are to be presenters at the 66th Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, producers announced.
Karen Butler
Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt in 'Get On Up'

Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt in 'Get On Up'

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) --Octavia Spencer says she signed on to play James Brown's aunt in the bio-picture "Get On Up," in large part, because his was a story that hadn't been told.
Karen Butler
Dan Aykroyd recalls seeing James Brown perform at a Montreal bar in 1968

Dan Aykroyd recalls seeing James Brown perform at a Montreal bar in 1968

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Dan Aykroyd, who plays James Brown's manager in "Get On Up," says he spent an unforgettable night with friends watching the music icon perform on stage.
Karen Butler
Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in 'Get On Up'

Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in 'Get On Up'

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Chadwick Boseman admits there was no easy part to playing funk music legend James Brown in the biopic "Get On Up."
Karen Butler
James Brown was 'annoyed' when Stones closed show instead of him, says Mick Jagger

James Brown was 'annoyed' when Stones closed show instead of him, says Mick Jagger

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) --Mick Jagger says he remembers the night his band the Rolling Stones closed a multi-artist show featuring James Brown in the early 1960s.
Karen Butler
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up' clip

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up' clip

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) --Chadwick Boseman plays the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown in the upcoming film "Get on Up."
Aileen Graef
Shonda Rhimes renews contract with ABC Studios through 2018

Shonda Rhimes renews contract with ABC Studios through 2018

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) --"Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes renewed her contract with ABC studios through 2018 on Tuesday, and announced the new show "How to Get Away with Murder."
Aileen Graef
Viola Davis, Ryan Phillippe, Felicity Huffman to star in new ABC shows

Viola Davis, Ryan Phillippe, Felicity Huffman to star in new ABC shows

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) --ABC says it has ordered the new series {i:American Crime}, {i:Black-ish}, {i:Marvel's Agent Carter}, {i:Secrets and Lies}, {i:Selfie} and {i:The Whispers}.
Karen Butler
James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' releases first trailer

James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' releases first trailer

March 14 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures promises music, dancing and drama in the first trailer for upcoming James Brown biopic "Get On Up."
Annie Martin
'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

"Gravity" and "American Hustle" go into Sunday's Oscar race in Los Angeles with 10 nods apiece, while "12 Years a Slave" is close behind with nine nominations.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Poitier, Field, Hawn set to be Oscar presenters

Poitier, Field, Hawn set to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey and Glenn Close are to serve as presenters at Sunday's Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, producers said.
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Viola Davis arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Phil McCarten)
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Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress. Known primarily as a stage actress, Davis won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for her role in King Hedley II (2001). She won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role in the 2010 production of Fences. She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004).

Her films include Traffic (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), and Solaris (2002). Her eight-minute-long performance in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008) garnered several honors, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Davis was born on her grandmother's farm in St. Matthews, South Carolina, the second youngest of six children. Her mother, Mae Alice, was a maid, factory worker, and homemaker, and her father, Dan Davis, was a horse trainer. Her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island when she was two months old. Davis has described herself as having "lived in abject poverty and dysfunction" during her childhood.

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