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Viola Davis reveals in memoir her father beat her mother but she forgave him

Viola Davis reveals in memoir her father beat her mother but she forgave him

Viola Davis has released a new memoir titled Finding Me.

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

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

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

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

Coming soon to a store near you: Finding Me: A Memoir is out April 26

Coming soon to a store near you: Finding Me: A Memoir is out April 26

She continued, “And here’s the thing: my father loved me. I saw it. I felt it. I received it, and I took it.

“To me, that’s a much better gift and less of a burden than carrying all my life with that big, heavy weight of who he was and what he used to do,” the Hollywood veteran added.

‘That’s my choice. That is my legacy: forgive my father.’

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

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

Tragically, in the book, she said she grew up so poor in Rhode Island that she and her five siblings had to dive into dumpsters to find food.  The actress also said that she had stones thrown at her by racists.  Viola pictured in kindergarten

Tragically, in the book, she said she grew up so poor in Rhode Island that she and her five siblings had to dive into dumpsters to find food. The actress also said that she had stones thrown at her by racists. Viola pictured in kindergarten

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

“My father has changed,” the Broadway performer explained. “My mother said he apologized to her every day.

“Every day he rubbed her feet. Forgiveness is not beautiful. Sometimes people don’t understand that life isn’t a Thursday night lineup on ABC.

'My father has changed': The Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner explained that although Dan Mae hit Alice regularly, he later 'changed' and that her mother could forgive her father for his mistreatment of her.  Seen with Mae Alice

‘My father has changed’: The Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner explained that although Dan Mae hit Alice regularly, he later ‘changed’ and that her mother could forgive her father for his mistreatment of her. Seen with Mae Alice

“It’s messy. He hurt me then, but love and forgiveness can work on the same level as anger.”

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

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

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

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

Viola Davis reveals in memoir her father beat her mother but she forgave him

“I wanted to love my father,” the First Lady star told the magazine. Viola and Dan together in the picture

She recalled how she and her five siblings had to duck into a garbage dump for food and how she was relentlessly bullied at school by boys who threw rocks at her because she was black.

The cover star of Vanity Fair told People that her difficult childhood led her to take on survival skills at a young 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, aged 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 to do when I was 8 years old. I fought. And that fighting has done me good, because I’m still on my feet.’

Viola has been married to her husband Julius Tennon, aged 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.

Looking back, Viola said she is grateful for every part of her life and said, “I consider it all joy. I do. All those things have happened to me, but I own it. And it’s part of who I am.

“It has given me an extraordinary sense of compassion,” she noted. “It’s that young girl in me reconciling and healing from the past — and finding a home.”

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

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