Viola Davis reveals in memoirs that her father beat her mother, but she forgave him

Viola Davis has published a new memoir entitled Finding Me.

In the book, she recounted that she grew up so poor in Rhode Island that she had to dive into trash cans to find food with her five siblings. The actress also told that she had had stones thrown at her by racists. And worst of all, she saw her father Dan physically and emotionally abused his mother Mae Alice.

In an interview with People magazine, the 56-year-old actress explained why she was eventually able to forgive her father, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006. ‘I would love my father,’ ‘First Lady told the star. magazine.

Difficult: Viola Davis has published a new memoir entitled Finding Me, in which she describes how her father Dan physically and emotionally abused his mother Mae Alice for years. Set in April 2022

Coming soon to a store near you: Finding Me: A Memoir will be released on April 26th

Coming soon to a store near you: Finding Me: A Memoir will be released on April 26th

She continued: ‘And here is the thing: My father loved me. I saw it. I felt it. I received it and I took it.

“For me, it’s a much better gift and less of a burden than going through my whole life with the big, heavy weight of who he used to be and what he used to do,” the Hollywood veteran added.

‘It is my choice. It is my inheritance: to forgive my father. ‘

Forgiveness: In an interview with People magazine, the 56-year-old actress explained why she was eventually able to forgive her father, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006. The picture with Dan

Forgiveness: In an interview with People magazine, the 56-year-old actress explained why she was eventually able to forgive her father, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006. The picture with Dan

Tragic: In the book, she tells that she grew up so poor in Rhode Island that she had to dive into trash cans to find food with her five siblings.  The actress also told that she had had stones thrown at her by racists.  Viola pictured in kindergarten

Tragic: In the book, she tells that she grew up so poor in Rhode Island that she had to dive into trash cans to find food with her five siblings. The actress also told that she had had stones thrown at her by racists. Viola pictured in kindergarten

The Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner explained that although Dan regularly beat Mae Alice, he ‘changed’ later and her mother was able to forgive her father for his mistreatment of her.

“My dad changed,” the Broadway artist explained. ‘My mother said he apologized to her every single day.

‘Every single day he rubbed her feet. Forgiveness is not beautiful. Sometimes people do not understand that life is not a Thursday night on ABC.

'My Dad Changed': The winner of the Academy, Emmy and Tony Award explained that although Dan regularly beat Mae Alice, he 'changed' later and her mother was able to forgive her father for his abuse of her.  Seen with Mae Alice

‘My Dad Changed’: The winner of the Academy, Emmy and Tony Award explained that although Dan regularly beat Mae Alice, he ‘changed’ later and her mother was able to forgive her father for his abuse of her. Seen with Mae Alice

‘It is messy. He hurt me then, but love and forgiveness can work on the same level as anger. ‘

Dan was a horse hairdresser who dropped out of school after second grade. Mae Alice remained married to him for 48 years until his death.

In his memoirs, The How To Get Away With The Murder star described his difficult childhood. Growing up in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Viola grew up in deep poverty.

Back then: Dan was a horse hairdresser who dropped out of school after second grade.  Seen with her father at her graduation

Back then: Dan was a horse hairdresser who dropped out of school after second grade. Seen with her father at her graduation

“I wanted to love my dad,” The First Lady star told the magazine. Viola and Dan pictured together

She remembered how she and her five siblings had to dive for food, and how she endured relentless bullying at school from boys throwing stones at her for being black.

The Vanity Fair cover star told People that her troubled childhood led her to adopt survivability skills at an early age.

“How you react is based on survival,” Viola said. ‘The key is to survive.

Family: Viola has been married to her husband Julius Tennon, 68, since 2003. The two who co-founded the production company JuVee Productions are parents to daughter Genesis, 11. Seen in 2021

Family: Viola has been married to her husband Julius Tennon, 68, since 2003. The two who co-founded the production company JuVee Productions are parents to daughter Genesis, 11. Seen in 2021

‘I did what I had on hand when I was 8 years old. I struggled. And that fight served me because I’m still on my feet. ‘

Viola has been married to her husband Julius Tennon, 68, since 2003. The two who co-founded the production company JuVee Productions are parents to daughter Genesis, 11.

The actress is also the stepmother of Julius’ two children from previous relationships.

Viola reflected back and said she is grateful for all parts of her life and said, ‘I consider it all as joy. I do. All those things happened to me, but I own it. And that’s part of who I am.

“It has given me an extraordinary sense of compassion,” she remarked. ‘It’s reconciling the young girl in me and healing from the past – and finding home.’

Finding Me: A Memoir will be released on April 26th.

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