☆ Daughter of Mary Alice (Logan) and Dan Davis, both originally of South Carolina. Dan was a horse-groomer for the Narragansett and Lincoln Downs racetracks in Rhode Island.
☆ Attended and graduated from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island (1988), where she majored in theater. She later received an honorary degree in Fine Arts from the college (2002).
☆ After her graduation from Rhode Island College, she attended the Juilliard School in New York City for four years, and was a member of the school Drama Division “Group 22” (1989-1993).
☆ Grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Her family moved there when she was 2-months old.
☆ Inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on June 30, 2009.
☆ Announced that she and her husband, Julius Tennon, have adopted a newborn daughter named Genesis Tennon. [October 2011]
☆ In 2012, Davis told Entertainment Weekly that she and her husband stayed at George Clooney’s Italian estate on Lake Como for their honeymoon.
☆ Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be Oscar-nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
☆ Is one of two African-American actresses (the other being Whoopi Goldberg) to be nominated for an Academy Award in both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.
☆ Returned to work 4 months after adopting her daughter Genesis to begin filming Ender’s Game (2013).
☆ Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2012).
☆ Named Glamour magazine’s Film Actress of the Year (2012).
☆ Stepmother to Julius Tennon’s two sons from previous marriage.
☆ Is the first black actress to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder (2014).
☆ Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine’s 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
☆ Is one of five actresses to receive an Oscar nomination for a performance with less than 10 minutes of screen time.
☆ Oprah Winfrey and beau Stedman Graham attended her ‘third’ marriage to Julius.
☆ Counts Cicely Tyson’s Emmy-winning performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) as a pivotal moment in her life when she ultimately understood how acting could be such a transformative craft.
☆ She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 5, 2017.
☆ She was the first black woman to receive three Academy Award nominations.
☆ Is one of 17 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony).
☆ Is one of seven African-American actresses to have won an acting Oscar in a competitive category.
☆ Is one of only nine actors to have won both the Tony and the Oscar for the same role on stage and film.
☆ Friends with Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, and Denzel Washington.
☆ Given the choice, she prefers the stage to film acting.
☆ As of 2018, she is one of three women who have won both the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (hers being for Fences (2016)) and the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy (hers being for How to Get Away with Murder (2014)).
☆ Born on the same date as Embeth Davidtz.
☆ “JuVee Productions” is the company she heads with husband Julius Ju(lius)V(iola).
☆ Though she earned an Oscar nomination for it, she said in an NYT interview that she regrets doing the role of Aibileen Clark in The Help.
☆ Second cousin of Mike Colter. Her maternal grandfather and his paternal grandmother were siblings.