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    Born on August 11, 1965 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina

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How to Get Away With Murder (2014)

Viola Davis as "Professor Annalise Keating"

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated,Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant, charismatic and seductive professor of defense law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder. Annalise, also a criminal defense attorney, selects a group of students -- the best and the brightest -- to assist with cases at her firm alongside her employees, the trustworthy and discreet Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom ("Gilmore Girls" alum Liza Weil), an associate attorney. Mysteries arise that test everyone's limits and reveal dark truths.

Emmy (Primetime) (2015) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2015) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

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Dec 12th 2014, 10:00AM

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Dec 4th 2014, 7:00AM

'How to Get Away With Murder' Pilot Breaks DVR Ratings Record

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Katie Roberts on Sep 30th 2014, 10:45AM

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Gina Carbone on Sep 24th 2014, 3:22AM

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This 'How to Get Away With Murder' First Look Is Getting Us Excited for ABC's Thursday Night Lineup (VIDEO)

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'Get on Up' Trailer: James Brown Makes Music and Breaks the Rules (VIDEO)

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Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Diet: Viola Davis Gave It a Go While Filming 'Prisoners'

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16 Reasons 'Beautiful Creatures' Is Nothing Like 'Twilight'

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Jan 13th 2012, 2:27AM

Let's Cast the 'Police Academy' Remake

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Mike Ryan on Jan 10th 2012, 9:50AM

Jan 10th 2012, 9:50AM

Academy Awards 2012: One Star, Two Oscar-Worthy Performances

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Dec 23rd 2011, 3:00AM

Today on indieWIRE: 'The Descendants,' Anne Hathaway, John Sayles and More

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