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Viola Davis

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A big happy birthday is in order for Viola Davis!

Ringing in 50 years today, the How to Get Away with Murder actress has plenty to celebrate (aside from the obvious). For starters, her hit ABC show is returning for its second season this fall. Plus, her stellar performance on the show earned her a big Emmy's nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. (Check out our coverage of everything Emmys.)

So ahead of her appearance at TV's biggest awards show, we're commemorating the actress' birthday by paying tribute to her best red carpet hits.

Suffice to say, Viola's a big fan of neutral and red-hued gowns. Which absolutely works for the 50-year-old, considering she's undeniably elegant in those shades be it a raspberry Escada dress or a crisp white halter design by Max Mara. However, Viola's scarlet Donna Karan Atelier gown is arguably her best red carpet moment of all time. 

Still, there's no denying she's flawless in a regal white and gold Marchesa number, or her ethereal merlot-toned Emilio Pucci confection.

Ready for even more of the birthday girl's best looks? Then head over to her gallery below!