It was 2008 and Streep was accepting the Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress in Doubt, the film that also earned Davis an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
‘My God,’ said Streep, flinging her arms in the air in frustration, ‘Somebody give her a movie!’
It seems that ‘somebody’ was listening. Since then Davis has been in a dozen films, perhaps most memorably as the maid Aibileen in The Help (2011), which won her a number of awards and another Oscar nomination, this time for best actress.
Last year she was listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
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