Academy Award-winning actress and philanthropist Viola Davis will publish a memoir, titled Finding Me, on April 26, 2022, via HarperOne (in partnership with Ebony Magazine Publishing) and today, Oprah Daily is exclusively revealing the cover. Publisher Judith Curr tells Oprah Daily that the photograph Davis chose for it, “reflects editorially how raw, real, and unfiltered the book is.”
The autobiography will chart her course from an impoverished childhood beginning in South Carolina, where she and her family lived in a one-room shack before relocating to Rhode Island, where they remained desperately poor. Davis is the fifth of sixth children. Her father was a horse trainer, an alcoholic who was frequently violent; her mother worked as a maid and a factory worker, as well as a civil rights activist.
Though Davis was frequently in trouble during high school, during a time when a cafeteria lunch was often her only meal, she went on to college and then was awarded a scholarship to Juilliard. She is the first African-American to achieve the “triple crown of acting”: An Oscar for her role in Fences, two Tony Awards, and an Emmy for playing the lead in How To Get Away With Murder.
Davis’s 2021 Best Actress Oscar nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which she starred in alongside the late Chadwick Boseman and is available on Netflix, made her the most-nominated Black woman in the history of the Academy Awards.
“Finding Me is a generous, breathtaking, and heartbreaking memoir. Viola Davis writes every chapter of her life with tremendous feeling and captures the intensity and magnificence of the human spirit,” says Curr.
When Oprah Daily asked Davis what compelled her to write the book, she had this to say: “Sharing my story is incredibly frightening but liberating. More importantly, it’s my way of helping people feel less alone in a world that is so isolating. It’s part of the building block of my legacy.”
Viola Davis is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater who first gained widespread acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her role in 2008’s Doubt, in which she co-starred with Meryl Streep. She won a Tony in 2010 for playing Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences, and in 2011 was again nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a maid in 2011’s The Help.
In addition to acting, Davis currently produces alongside her husband and producing partner, Julius Tennon, through their JuVee Productions banner. Together they have collaborated on award-winning projects across theater, television, and film
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