The Oscar nominee said it isn’t love that drives her to keep working in Hollywood.
“What keeps me in the business is hope, and that’s the hope that women of color are also part of the narrative,” Davis said. “(I’m) sending a telepathic message to you: Every time some young actress of color comes in a room with a character they’re auditioning for that’s not ethnically specific, that you have a space in your brain that can open up and embrace them and allow them in, because I’m telling you, their lives are just as fascinating and multifaceted.”
The audience gave her a standing ovation, and welcomed Streisand the same way.
The Women in Hollywood honorees are featured in Elle’s November issue.
Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen on Twitter at www.twitter.com/APSandy.
AP Entertainment Writer Natalie Rotman contributed to this report.
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