Viola Davis is the first celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017 with the help of friend and fellow icon Meryl Streep and became the 2,597th entertainer to make the career milestone.
“The thing Viola can’t do is be invisible. She just can’t do it,” Streep said. “She can’t fade away; she can’t recede; she can’t be forgettable. Viola Davis is inevitable. She is like a sure thing, and her star has been waiting here patiently for 50 years for her. So let’s fix her in the firmament of Hollywood. Let’s immortalize her in cement, and thank you for the amazing gift that you have given me and everybody here. And I just look forward to more and more from you.”
Accepting her star, a tearful Viola said: “The truth is I was going to treat like this any other day. I wasn’t going to cry or anything. The only thing I can think about is my dad, I wish he were here. He died in 2006 and he would think this was pretty fantastic.”
"The only picture I have of myself as a kid in kindergarten is with a little ... sucker and an expression that’s not really a smile, not really a frown, just something. But every time I look at the little girl, I always thought, ‘Oh, that’s a cute outfit but she was always hungry, she was always shy, she was always kind of in the background, but inside she had big dreams bursting.'"
"And the only thing I could think about is that saying, 'What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly,'" she continued. "I cannot believe my life right now … that Meryl Streep spoke at my Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony with my handsome husband (actor Julius Tennon) and a beautiful daughter (Genesis) and my family and my representatives … all I can say is, 'God has blessed my life in abundance.'"