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Five other notable roles of 'Fences' star Viola Davis

Five other notable roles of 'Fences' star Viola Davis

Viola Davis, star of “Fences,” opposite Denzel Washington in theaters now, is no stranger to Hollywood. And she’s got the resume to prove it. As the industry sings her praises for the role of Rose Maxson in August Wilson’s theatrical adaptation of his Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, we revisit five other roles of the St. Matthews, S.C. born, Julliard-educated actress.

“Doubt,” 2008

As Mrs. Miller, Davis steals the show in a seven-minute scene opposite Meryl Streep in this film adaptation of the Broadway play “Doubt: A Parable.” The role, as the mother of a boy caught up...