Viola Davis becomes first black woman to win Oscar, Emmy,Tony

American actress and producer, Viola Davis, has become the first black female to win the Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.

Davis just ended the award season with a bang as the best supporting actress in movie ‘Fences’ at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday.

With the win for her work in the 2016 film “Fences”, Davis becomes the 23rd person to complete the so-called triple crown of acting, which is the term used to describe actors and actresses who have won at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys.

Davis, who beat out the likes of Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) and Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), gave an emotional speech that honored the acting profession and playwright August Wilson.

“There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered — one place — and that’s the graveyard,” she said.

“People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies”.

Davis is also a producer who graduated from the Juilliard School in 1993.

She began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby.

Davis features on the popular American drama television series ‘How to Get Away with murder’.

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