Viola Davis Is the First Black Woman to Wear the Triple Crown of Acting: Oscar, Emmy, and Tony
Viola Davis just became the first black women to wear the so-called 'triple crown of acting' by winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony.
Not only is she the first black woman to earn all three awards, she is also the 23rd person in history to win all three.
On Sunday night, Davis, who holds three Oscar nominations, won her first Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Rose Maxson in "Fences."
"Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life," Davis said as she accepted her Oscar.
She won an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performances in "How To Get Away With Murder" as Annalise Keating.
Davis also won two Tony Awards: one for her work in "King Hedley II" in 2001:
And then again for her work in the Broadway rendition of “'Fences" in 2010:
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