Viola Davis appears at University of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A recent Oscar winner paid a visit to University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts on Thursday.

Viola Davis just won an Oscar for her role in the movie Fences.

She is also the star of the hit TV series “How to Get Away with Murder.”

On Thursday evening, Davis talked about her career in TV, movies, and theater.

Davis says she especially enjoyed performing in plays written by August Wilson, saying the writer gives African-Americans a voice.

Davis is the first African-American actor to win a Tony, an Emmy, and an Oscar in acting categories.


3/2/17 11:46 a.m.

Oscar winner Viola Davis to speak at University of Kentucky

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is going to speak at the University of Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ( a sold-out crowd will hear Davis talk Thursday night about her life and experience of growing up in poverty in Central Falls, Rhode Island, as well as her acting roles.

The UK Student Activities Board has been working for years to bring Davis to campus.

Many say now, the timing is perfect. Davis on Sunday won the best supporting actress Oscar for “Fences,” a role she originated in a Broadway revival seven years ago for which she won a Tony Award.

Two years ago, she became the first black woman to win for lead actress in a drama series, and she’s the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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