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Viola Davis to Star as Shirley Chisholm in Amazon Project
By Associated Press
Published December 5, 2018

Viola Davis attends the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is gearing up to play groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm in a film for Amazon Studios.

The company said Thursday that Davis has signed on to star in and produce the project about Chisholm, who was the first black woman ever elected to the United States Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Shirley Chisholm presidential campaign, 1972

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She represented New York’s 12th District in the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1983, and sought the presidential nomination in 1972. Chisholm died in 2005 at age 80.

Maggie Betts will direct Davis in “The Fighting Shirley Chisholm” off of a screenplay from “Silicon Valley” writer Adam Countee.

The Hollywood trade website Deadline first reported the news.

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