Book Summary: Finding Me by Viola Davis

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Finding Me is an autobiography written by Viola Davis, an award-winning American actress and producer. The book chronicles her journey from humble beginnings in Rhode Island to becoming one of the most respected and celebrated actresses in Hollywood. In this memoir, Viola shares her personal story of overcoming poverty, abuse, and adversity to find her true calling in life.

Chapter Summaries

  1. Chapter 1: Viola introduces herself and her family, growing up in a small town in Rhode Island. She talks about her parents’ struggles with addiction and how they impacted her childhood.
  2. Chapter 2: Viola shares her experiences with racism and how it affected her self-esteem growing up.
  3. Chapter 3: Viola talks about her journey to college and how she discovered her love for acting.
  4. Chapter 4: Viola discusses her early acting career and the challenges she faced as a black actress in a predominantly white industry.
  5. Chapter 5: Viola shares her struggles with body image and how she learned to embrace her natural beauty.
  6. Chapter 6: Viola talks about her personal life and her marriage to her husband, Julius Tennon. She also opens up about her struggles with infertility.
  7. Chapter 7: Viola discusses her breakout role in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder and how it changed her career.
  8. Chapter 8: Viola shares her thoughts on activism and the importance of using her platform to raise awareness for social issues.
  9. Chapter 9: Viola talks about the importance of mentorship and how she has mentored young actresses throughout her career.
  10. Chapter 10: Viola reflects on her journey and how she has found her true purpose in life.


Finding Me is a powerful and inspiring memoir that showcases Viola Davis’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Through her personal story, Viola shares her journey of self-discovery and how she overcame the obstacles in her life to find her true calling. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or has struggled to find their place in the world. Viola’s honesty and vulnerability make this book a relatable and inspiring read for all.

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