What makes a real life fighter? Here is the stunning journey of Viola Davis: “I Have Stolen, Jumped in Garbage Bins With Maggots For Food”
Dedicated to the beautiful and ever charming Viola Davis, an inspiration for millions –
A night which ended with a caricature of the greatest order, the 89th annual Academy Awards certainly had its moments of blushes and plaudits. While the mainstream media turned its focus on the winners and the glam and thrill of the night, I would like to take couple of moments away from the centre of attention and dedicate few lines to a very beautiful and charming lady, who battled all hardships in life and broke all racial barriers to prove that no race or caste or creed can define success.
Viola Davis, basked in her latest glory and subsequently became the first black artist to receive an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting. But all wasn’t so merry in the beginning. This is the intriguing story of the struggle and poverty and penury of the remarkable Viola Davis:
Imagine not having the privilege of having food for one night? How terrible would that be? Imagine not having your own room? Sounds excruciating. Now imagine a person who is born in a one-room home sharing it with five of her siblings, and whose parents had to pay rent with crops because they had no money. Such was the shocking childhood conditions in which young Viola had to scuffle.
“The only picture I have of my childhood is the picture of me in kindergarten,” the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress winner said. “I have this expression on my face — it’s not a smile, it’s not a frown. I swear to you, that’s the girl who wakes up in the morning and who looks around her house and her life saying, I cannot believe how God has blessed me.”
But in many cases, a person meeting success tends to forget his or her nonage. Not Davis though. Even after countless awards recognising her talent and hard work, it is incredible to think that she hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings. A childhood marred by abject poverty and struggle for survival and racial entitlement and abuses, she came through the years of fracas and blemish, to win the the stage set by life.
In every aspect and orientation, isn’t Viola Davis, an inspiration, a winner in the truest sense of the word?
It was her painful past that led Davis to get involved with the Hunger Is campaign, which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help hungry children and their families in the United States. “I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where the next meal was coming from.”
Even after years of success on the big screen, the smallest things matter to her the most. “Spending the day with my daughter at Chuck E. Cheese or going to the mall and playing in the play area,” she says. “That’s what makes me happy.”
The most important lesson we could learn is that, even though in a time of turbulence, stay true to yourself. Sometimes true happiness lies in the little things in life. It’s has become an old cliche but none apter in this situation, “keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word”
– Martin Luther King Jr.