Viola Davis opens up about a childhood in poverty

By Drum Digital
11 October 2014

Viola Davis says her drive to end childhood hunger is fueled by memories of growing up in abject poverty.

Viola Davis says her drive to end childhood hunger is fueled by memories of growing up in "abject poverty," stealing and crawling through maggot-filled garbage bins to get food.

She told a crowd of Hollywood luminaries that she "sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame."

The 49-year-old actress was recognized for her work to end childhood hunger at the Variety Power of Women luncheon Friday, where honorees included Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez and Reese Witherspoon.

Davis said her work with the Hunger Is campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the United States has been "the joy of my life." She thanked her colleagues and supporters for the chance to "share my testimony and begin the process of healing."

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