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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon have a new baby girl

October 18, 2011 | 10:59 am

Viola Davis adopts a baby girl with Julius Tennon

Viola Davis has one new bundle of joy and could be expecting another in February. The first is a daughter, Genesis. The second would be named Oscar — cold, gold and bald.

Davis became a mom "like, two days ago," Octavia Spencer announced Monday in Beverly Hills, at the Elle Women in Hollywood event during a speech honoring her friend and "The Help" costar.

The new mom confirmed the news in her acceptance speech, People said. Davis and husband Julius Tennon, also an actor, had spilled the beans on their intention to adopt back in August.

"Yes we are," she said on the red carpet at "The Help" premiere. "We're about to adopt a baby."

Davis has wowed with her performance in "The Help," and pundits are saying it's Academy Award material. In it, she plays a maid who is treated cruelly by the white family she works for in Jackson, Miss. The 46-year-old also was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in 2008's "Doubt."

At the movie's premiere, she told the Ministry, "You work on something and you work on something and you know how you want people to receive it, but when it's finally out there in the world and they get it and they're moved by it, that's why you wanted to become an actor."

Davis knows the joys of being an actor. Now she'll be busy learning the joys of being a parent. Genesis is her first child and Tennon's third.


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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Julius Tennon and Viola Davis arrive at the 18th Annual Elle Women in Hollywood celebration in Beverly Hills on Oct. 17. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press