Viola Davis is a well-known actress and producer in the entertainment industry. While her professional career is well known to her fans and followers, Davis tends to keep her private life low-key. 

Very little is known about her family other than what she shares on her Instagram. Recently, she shared an adorable picture of her family celebrating her daughter’s 11th birthday. 

Viola Davis and Her Daughter, Genesis 

On July 9, 2021, Davis took to Instagram to share a wholesome picture of her, her daughter Genesis, her husband Julius Tennon, and her mom Mary Alice. 

The photo was in celebration of Genesis’ Harry Potter-themed birthday party. It was held at The Sugar Factory in Los Angeles. 

While only four of them celebrated the birthday physically, Genesis received many wishes from her mother’s famous friends. 

Via the picture’s comment section, many celebrities like Octavia Spencer, Bobby Berk, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tina Knowles, and John Amos wished the 11-year-old. 

Genesis is not a biological child of Davis as the actress does not have any biological children. She was married to Tennon in 2003. He is also an actor best known for Dazed and Confused and Soldiers

Tennon was previously married to Sheryl Arnold and Christine White. He shares two kids with Arnold — Sheavonda Diana and Duriel Dwight, making Davis stepmom to two kids. 

The couple has plans to adopt a child in August 2011, and two months later, they adopted baby Genesis. The news was revealed at the 2011 ELLE Women in Hollywood event.

Davis’ Help co-star, Spencer, revealed that her friend became a mother during an honorary speech to the star. Davis confirmed Spencer’s statement during her own speech. Genesis is the only child Davis shares with her husband. 


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Viola Davis’ Professional Life

Davis started her career in 1992 from Broadway, and almost three decades later, she is one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood.

She has starred in over 80 projects and has a couple more lined up for her. 

Davis is best known for many critically acclaimed movies and series like Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, How to Get Away with Murder, The Help, and Suicide Squad

She is the first African American and the youngest woman to win the ‘Triple Crown of Acting.’ The ‘Triple Crown of Acting’ is the highest accolades a person receives in the American entertainment industry. 

It comprises Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award, and the talented actress has won them all. 


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Not only these three, but Davis also has a lot of other awards in her bag. According to IMDb, Davis has won 103 awards and has received 194 nominations. 

The star is also a philanthropist and an activist. She has always raised her voice for burning issues and uses her platform to spread awareness. 

Inspired by her childhood filled with struggles and poverty, Davis has partnered with the Hunger Is campaign to eradicate hunger across the USA. 

She has also collaborated with Vaseline for their Vaseline Healing Project. This project provided skincare universally for the people who were affected by poverty. 

Davis has also used her platform to shine a light on feminism and the Black Lives Matter movement.