Viola Davis recalls stealing, searching for food in maggot-infested garbage bins as a child

October 12, 2014 3:54 PM

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Viola Davis recounted her extreme poverty-stricken childhood on Friday during a speech at Variety's Power of Women event in Los Angeles.

The How to Get Away With Murder star, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards in her career, said she grew up in “abject poverty.”

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