Viola Davis named one of Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’

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The undeniable talent of Viola Davis has taken her from relatively unknown to one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world. In a letter introducing this year’s list, Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel wrote that the magazine tried “to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable.”

Screen legend Cicely Tyson wrote a short note on Davis’ entry on the list. “Her life tells a story of personal and professional excellence,” Tyson writes. “Viola, 46, has given her stage and screen characters true presence, depth and authenticity because of her uncompromising real-life character. She is a serious and soul-stirring actress, and her rich body of work represents the full range of our humanity.”

Read the full list here.

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