Actress Viola Davis to speak at IU; free tickets available Wednesday

Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis is scheduled to speak next month at Indiana University.

Her lecture, slated for 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the IU Auditorium, is part of the university's bicentennial celebration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required, according to a news release from IU.

Davis is the first black actress to win three of the profession's most prestigious awards; an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. Time magazine has named her one of its 100 most influential people in the world twice.

Davis won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2017 for her portrayal of Rose Mazson in the film "Fences." She won the Tony Award for best actress in 2010 for her role in the August Wilson play "Fences." She was the first black actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work on the ABC show "How to Get Away With Murder."

In addition to her 2017 Oscar win, she won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Screen Actors Guild award for the same role in "Fences."

Davis has also been recognized for her activism and philanthropy. In 2012, she and her husband founded JuVee, an artist-driven production company. The Los Angeles-based company produces film, television and digital content.

Davis has received an honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School as well as from her alma mater, Rhode Island College. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Free general admission tickets to Davis' lecture will be issued on the IU Auditorium website beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets also may be picked up in person at the IU Auditorium box office, beginning at the same ime. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

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