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Review of Viola Davis’s Finding Me: a stark, shocking memoir of one of Hollywood’s great actresses

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Viola Davis offers a compelling, often shocking account of her childhood. Photo: Valerie Macon

Viola Davis offers a compelling, often shocking account of her childhood. Photo: Valerie Macon

Finding Me by Viola Davis

Finding Me by Viola Davis

Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder

Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder

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Viola Davis offers a compelling, often shocking account of her childhood. Photo: Valerie Macon

Finding Me Viola Davis Coronet, €17.99

When Viola Davis, the brilliant, award-winning actor (an Oscar, an Emmy, two Tonys), star of How To Get Away With Murder, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Help, Fences and more, was nine she told her mother that she was being chased after school daily by boys who would hit her, hurt her, call her “ugly… Black f**king n****r”. Her mother’s response was to tell her to walk, not run. To stand up to the boys and fight back: ‘Don’t you come back here crying ’bout those boys or I’ll wop yo ass.”


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