Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965, in St. Matthews, a town in South Carolina. She came from a large family and was the second youngest of six children. Her family struggled financially during Davis's upbringing. She moved to Rhode Island at a young age, and as a high schooler attended Central Falls High School, where she focused on the arts. Davis went on to attend Rhode Island College and Juilliard School, honing her acting skills. She landed a number of roles in movies directed by Steven Soderbergh, including Out of Time (1998), Traffic (2000) and Solaris (2002). In 2008, she appeared in Doubt, earning a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. Davis also made several guest appearances on the TV program Law and Order. In 2011, Davis appeared in a leading role in the movie The Help. She was nominated for a Best Actress award during the 2012 Academy Awards due to her role as Aibileen Clark. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, have an adopted daughter, and Davis is also a stepmother to Tennon's two sons.