Aibileen Clark; Mrs. Miller; Annalise Keating. These infamous roles were played by none other than Viola Davis, a powerful black actress who had earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Through tireless work and dedication, this 51-year-old Academy Award and Oscar nominee has starred in many enticing and critical roles such as “The Help,” “Suicide Squad,” “Doubt,” and the recently released “Fences,” all while continuing her prime role in the hit TV show “How To Get Away With Murder.”
Set up in front of the Marshalls Store on Hollywood Blvd, and right across from the Hollywood Resort Hotel, fans and other actors and actresses gathered to celebrate the thrilled and teary-eyed actress’s accomplishment.
Amongst the crowd stood her husband, daughter, representatives, and Meryl Streep, who co-starred with Davis in “Doubt.”
“The thing Viola can’t do is be invisible. She just can’t do it,” Streep praised. “She can’t fade away; she can’t recede; she can’t be forgettable. Viola Davis is inevitable. She is like a sure thing, and her star has been waiting here patiently for 50 years for her. So let’s fix her in the firmament of Hollywood. Let’s immortalize her in cement, and thank you for the amazing gift that you have given me and everybody here. And I just look forward to more and more from you.”
Davis, overwhelmed by the amount of support and in awe at the ceremony, wiped a tear away before speaking, “I cannot believe my life right now that Meryl Streep spoke at my Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony with my handsome husband and a beautiful daughter,” she said.
“It’s so great to take time out to just really be with people you love and to embrace your work,” she said. “So thank you everyone who’s come. I am so appreciative, Hollywood Walk of Fame, everyone at Paramount — you guys have been great. My life is good.”
And good it is. After her debut film of “The Substance of Fire” in 1996, and earning an Independant Spirit award just 7 years after the start of her career in 2003 for “Antwone Fisher.” Her career started to take off, and, within the next 14 years, she would star in over 30 movies, receive 79 awards and 167 nominations, raise a family, and become a role model for young girls everywhere.
Davis has long-since had a large following, and now will be immortalized as the star she is on the Walk of Fame.