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

Viola Davis


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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