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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Viola Davis, Claire Danes make Time’s 100 most influential people list

Viola Davis. (Joe Klamar - AFP/Getty Images)
Viola Davis, Claire Danes, Rihanna and a handful of other Hollywood entertainers have landed on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. (Please say that last part of that sentence in an appropriately dramatic fashion.)

Davis was toasted in an essay written by her “The Help” co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson.

“She is a serious and soul-stirring actress, and her rich body of work represents the full range of our humanity,” Tyson wrote of Davis for Time.

Davis cited Tyson as one of her acting inspirations in her acceptance speech at the SAG Awards.

Claire Danes also made the list, thanks to her role as a CIA officer in the TV-show-you-should-be-watching-because-it’s-so-good “Homeland.”

Valerie Plame, the former CIA covert-operations officer who was at the center of a Washington scandal almost a decade ago, wrote in Time,“Danes breathes life and realism into a character who, for once, goes against the clichés of what a female CIA officer is supposed to do and look like.”

Read the praise-singing essays for other Time 100 celebrities below. (Honored entertainer is in bold.)

Judd Apatow on Kristen Wiig

Joan Rivers on Louis CK

Stella McCartney on Rihanna

Kathy Griffin on Chelsea Handler

Sally Potter on Tilda Swinton

.— Pink on Adele

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Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Viola Davis, Claire Danes

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