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Happy birthday Viola Davis!

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: Actress Viola Davis

MULTIPLE AWARD-winner Viola Davis, who turns 52 today, captured hearts as one of Shonda Rhimes's genius TV characters Annalise Keating, a tough, edgy lawyer with a well-disguised tender side, heading-up her own practice and going above and beyond for her group of mentees.

Like many actors who meet their 'suddenly' moment in public view, Davis had been honing her craft long before we had even heard of Rhimes.

QUICK VIOLA DAVIS FACTS:

- Davis is the only black woman in the Academy's history to be nominated three times

- Davis is also the only black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015 for How to Get Away with Murder

- Davis scooped the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for Fences earlier this year

- Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, twice - first in 2012 and then again in 2017

- Davis graduated from the famed Julliard in 1993 and started her career on the stage

- Davis was born in North Carolina

- Davis is married to Julius Tennon and together they have a daughter, Genesis.

WATCH OUR INTERVIEW WITH VIOLA DAVIS, BELOW:

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