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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
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'Gravity,' 'Prisoners' to screen at Toronto film festival

'Gravity,' 'Prisoners' to screen at Toronto film festival

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- The big-screen dramas "Prisoners" and "Gravity" have been added to the lineup of September's Toronto International Film Festival, Warner Bros. announced.
Emmy Rossum relishes bad-girl 'Beautiful Creatures' role

Emmy Rossum relishes bad-girl 'Beautiful Creatures' role

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and singer Emmy Rossum says she relished the chance to play a magical trouble-maker in the new romantic fantasy flick, "Beautiful Creatures."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Kerry Washington tops at Image Awards

Kerry Washington tops at Image Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "Django Unchained" and "Scandal" actress Kerry Washington was the night's top winner with three awards at the 44th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
Cranston, Poehler to be SAG Awards presenters

Cranston, Poehler to be SAG Awards presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Rose Byrne, Bryan Cranston, Amy Poehler and Noah Wyle are to be presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
Day-Lewis, Chastain, Arkin, Field to present SAG Awards

Day-Lewis, Chastain, Arkin, Field to present SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Nominees Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and John Goodman will be presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

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Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin hurt in acid attack ... Anthony Ryan Auld wins 'Project Runway' ... Lohan's dad denies making escort claims ... Affleck, De Niro join SAG presenter list ... News from United Press International.
Washington, Affleck, De Niro join SAG presenter list

Washington, Affleck, De Niro join SAG presenter list

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Ben Affleck, Robert De Niro, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts are to be presenters at Hollywood's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.
Kidman, Daniels to present SAG Awards

Kidman, Daniels to present SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Jeff Daniels, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Busy Philipps have joined the lineup of presenters for Hollywood's SAG Awards ceremony.
Davis, Cooper, Hathaway to be SAG Award presenters

Davis, Cooper, Hathaway to be SAG Award presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are to be presenters at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
Kanye, Jay-Z, 'The Help' win big at BET Awards

Kanye, Jay-Z, 'The Help' win big at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 2 (UPI) -- Rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z and the film "The Help" were the big winners at the BET Awards in Los Angeles night.
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Streep donates $20,000 in Davis' honor

Streep donates $20,000 in Davis' honor

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Meryl Streep made two $10,000 charitable donations this week in honor of her friend and "Doubt" co-star Viola Davis, officials said.
'Loud' role lured new mom Bullock back to work

'Loud' role lured new mom Bullock back to work

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock says she wasn't eager to go back to work after she adopted her newborn son, won her first Oscar, then watched her marriage to reality TV star Jesse James collapse in 2010.
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Viola Davis
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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