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Watch Viola Davis Receive Her Star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’

Actress Viola Davis attends a ceremony honoing her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
Actress Viola Davis attends a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

*Meryl Streep had the honor of helping to present Viola Davis with her long-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which took place during a ceremony today (Jan 5).

“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.”

Viola Davis and Meryl Streep attend Davis' Walk of Fame ceremony at 7013 Hollywood blvd in Hollywood, on January 5, 2017.
Viola Davis and Meryl Streep attend Davis’ Walk of Fame ceremony at 7013 Hollywood blvd in Hollywood, on January 5, 2017.

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.”

Now, Tyson plays her on-screen mother in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder.”

(L-R) Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, and Genesis Tennon attend a ceremony honoing Viola Davis with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
(L-R) Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, and Genesis Tennon attend a ceremony honoing Viola Davis with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

Davis’ current role in “Fences” has already earned her Golden Globe and SAG acting nominations, and follows her Tony Award for the same role in the 2010 Broadway revival.

And don’t forget, Davis will be the subject of tonight’s “Inside the Actors Studio” special on Bravo, beginning at 8 p.m.

Watch her entire “Walk of Fame” ceremony below:

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