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The Help

Viola Davis is brilliant in Tate Taylor's adaptation of a 2009 bestseller

Viola Davis stars as Aibileen Clark in 'The Help'

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Viola Davis plays Aibileen Clark in The Help, the new film version of the best-selling novel.

The Help was a runaway bestseller, but it wasn’t without controversy in its telling of  the plight of African-American housekeepers in 1960s Mississippi.

See also: Bill Newcott reviews The Help.

As the film’s central character, Viola Davis gives an Oscar-worthy performance...but she tells Bill Newcott why she had to think twice before taking the role.

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