“Ms. Tyson and Ms. Streep were the only actors I talked about back in the day,” Davis told the gathering of family, friends and fans, referring to her childhood in Central Falls, R.I., when she was “just a little girl with a really, really big dream.”
She never imagined that one of those two legendary actresses (her co-star in the 2008 film Doubt would some day honor her with a Hollywood star.
“That wasn’t part of the dream,” Davis said of Streep’s presence, chuckling. “I feel like this is the best vision board coming to fruition.”
“Ms. Tyson” — as in Cicely — first appeared on young Viola’s radar after seeing her in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman at 6 or 7 years old.
“She looked like me,” Davis reminisced. “Her looking like me made me believe I could do it, but what she did for me was something way beyond entertainment value — it was of transformative value. I felt like if I did that, I could make a life and it could be a beautiful life.
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