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Davis is no overnight sensation: A Juilliard graduate, she won a 2001 Tony Award for her performance in August Wilson's play King Hedley II and has been a luminous presence in films like Antwone Fisher. But since her scene-stealing turn as Mrs. Miller in Doubt, "I've been catapulted out of my former life," she says. What sustains her is a sense of "what is reliable and constant and true." Next up for Davis: playing the mayor of Philadelphia in Law Abiding Citizen, an action thriller with Jamie Foxx. Full skirt, Michael Kors, $1,095. Tulle skirt (worn underneath), H&M, $50. Shirt, Thomas Pink, $150.
Earrings, David Yurman. Pearls, Kenneth Lane. Sunglasses, Karl Lagerfeld Eyewear. Ring, Noir Jewelry. Shoes, Christian Louboutin.