Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis received the first Hollywood Walk of Fame star of the new year. Davis, 51, said she once dreamed of getting her own star as a child. Her idols were living legends Cicely Tyson and Meryl Streep.
“Ms. Tyson and Ms. Streep were the only actors I talked about back in the day,” Davis says, about her childhood growing up in Central Falls, R.I. “That wasn’t part of the dream,” Davis said after receiving the honor from Ms. Streep. “I feel like this is the best vision board coming to fruition.”
Davis, who adopted a mixed race girl, said she was inspired by Ms. Tyson, in particular.
“She looked like me,” Davis reminisces. “Her looking like me made me believe I could do it, but what she did for me was something way beyond entertainment value — it was of transformative value. I felt like if I did that, I could make a life and it could be a beautiful life.”
Ms. Davis’ adopted daughter Genesis Tennon, 5, and her husband, Julius Tennon, were among her special guests. Davis and her husband recently sold their Granada Hills, Calif. home for $1.15 million. The couple purchased a home in Toluca Lake, near the Warner Bros. studio, for $1.17 million.
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