Geena Davis

Actor, Producer, Writer
Since the early 1980s, this statuesque (about 6') former fashion model has carefully crafted a winning screen persona that has made her one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. While Davis' somewhat goofy charm has ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Grey's Anatomy 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Marnie Was There 2015 (Movie)

Yoriko Sasaki (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Coma 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

In A World... 2013 (Movie)

Katherine Huling (Actor)

Accidents Happen 2008 (Movie)

Mrs. Conway (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Commander in Chief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Little (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Geena Davis Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Little (Actor)

Sunday at the Oscars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Through: The First Superstars 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Through: Our Turn to Play 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Through: Women Behind the Wheel 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

Samantha Caine--Charly (Actor)

American Heroes & Legends 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cutthroat Island 1995 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

Angie Scacciapensieri (Actor)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Julia Mann (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Dottie Hinson (Actor)

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero 1992 (Movie)

Gale Gayley (Actor)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

Thelma (Actor)

Quick Change 1990 (Movie)

Phyllis (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hit List 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Sara 1984 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

Muriel Pritchett (Actor)

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Riptide 1983 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

Veronica Quaife (Actor)

Day-to-Day Affairs 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Transylvania 6-5000 1985 (Movie)

Odette (Actor)

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

April (Actor)

Secret Weapons (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

The Great Lifetime Makeover 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Great Lifetime Makeover 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Great Lifetime Makeover 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mistrial (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

("The Ground You Walk On") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Biography

Since the early 1980s, this statuesque (about 6') former fashion model has carefully crafted a winning screen persona that has made her one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. While Davis' somewhat goofy charm has been well deployed in quirky comedies (e.g., "Fletch" 1985; "Beetlejuice" 1988; "Quick Change" 1990), she has also displayed a flair for light drama, notably with an Oscar-winning turn in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist" (1988). Strikingly attractive with just a touch of gawkiness, Davis projected an all but irresistible friendliness and vulnerability in her early appearances. More often than not, her best characterizations had her starting out as an untried and fairly ditsy naif who is forced to make decisions that allow her to grow over the course of the narrative. Davis has also avoided much of the stereotypical fare offered contemporary actresses in that she's never played a character who was dying of a terminal disease, been cast as a hooker (with a heart of gold or otherwise) or portrayed a conventional woman in peril. Her imposing physique has given her rare credibility to play athletes and other unusually physical female roles.

Relationships

William Davis

Father

Lucille Davis

Mother

Dan Davis

Brother

Richard Emmolo

Husband
Married on March 25, 1981 Divorced after 18 months on Feb. 26, 1983

Jeff Goldblum Actor

Husband
Met while filming "Transylvania 6-5000" (1985) Appeared together in "The Fly" (1986) and "Earth Girls Are Easy" (1988) Married on Nov. 1, 1987 Divorced on Oct. 17, 1990

Renny Harlin Actor

Husband
Married on Sept. 18, 1993 Harlin directed Davis in "Cutthroat Island" (1995) Separated amicably in April 1997 Davis filed for divorce in August 1997 Divorced on June 21, 1998

Reza Jarrahy

Husband
Born c. 1971 Began dating in 1999 Married on Sept. 1, 2001

Alizeh Jarrahy

Daughter
Born April 2002; father, Reza Jarrahy

Kaiis Jarrahy

Son
Born May 6, 2004; twin of Kian William; father, Reza Jarrahy

Kian Jarrahy

Son
Born May 6, 2004; twin of Kaiis Steven; father, Reza Jarrahy

Christopher McDonald Actor

Companion
Dated for three years before Davis wed Jeff Goldblum Acted together in "Thelma & Louise" (1991) No longer together

EDUCATION

School of Fine Arts, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1979
studied in the Professional Actors' Program

New England College

Henniker , New Hampshire
transferred to Boston University

studied as an exchange student in Sweden during her senior year in high school

Milestones

2012

Played a cutthroat head of psychiatry in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film

2009

Starred in the dysfunctional family comedy-drama "Accidents Happen"

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series for "Commander in Chief"

2005

Cast as the first female U.S. President on Rod Lurie's ABC drama "Commander in Chief"; earned a SAG (2006) nomination for Best Actress

2002

Reprised role as Mrs. Little in "Stuart Little 2"

2000

Returned to the small screen as star of ABC sitcom "The Geena Davis Show"

1999

Played the mother in the feature adaptation of "Stuart Little"

1999

Hosted the Academy Awards telecast pre-show on ABC (March 21)

1997

Split from Harlin and terminated her participation in Forge Productions

1996

Directed by husband Harlin in the action-drama "The Long Kiss Goodnight"

1996

Co-produced (with Renny Harlin) TV-movie "Mistrial" (HBO)

1994

Starred in and co-produced feature film "Speechless"

1994

Formed Forge Productions with Renny Harlin

1993

Married transplanted Finnish action film director Renny Harlin

1992

Cast alongside Tom Hanks and Madonna in the women's baseball feature "A League of Their Own"

1991

Co-starred with Susan Sarandon in Ridley Scott's crime drama "Thelma & Louise"; garnered second Oscar nomination

1990

Founded production company Genial Pictures with partner Fanny Levy; made deal with Fox to develop own scripts and stories (date approximate)

1989

Final screen collaboration with Goldblum before their 1990 divorce, Julien Temple's "Earth Girls Are Easy"

1988

"Sara" rerun on NBC in the summer

1988

Co-starred with William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist"; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

1986

First feature starring role, David Cronenberg's "The Fly" opposite Goldblum

1985

First screen collaboration with future husband Jeff Goldblum (whom she met during the shoot), "Transylvania 6-5000"

1985

Made debut as a series star with short-lived NBC sitcom "Sara"

1983

Debut as a series regular, played Wendy Killian on NBC's acclaimed but short-lived sitcom "Buffalo Bill"; also credited as writer for one episode

1982

TV series debut, played a recurring role on the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties"

1982

Made memorable screen acting debut in "Tootsie"

1979

After graduating from college, signed with the NYC-based Zoli modeling agency (date approximate)

Performed with Mount Washington Repertory Theatre Company in New Hampshire in the late 1970s

Worked as a waitress in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Davis reportedly had an IQ of over 150 and was a member of MENSA.

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"'It just sort of evolved that people decided I was wacky or something,' says Davis, 'and I feel like, When did THIS happen? When did I become the female Rip Taylor? Am I Phyllis Diller? I got this reputation like I'm Bette Midler or something, and I'm nothing like these people. It's a convenient thing to say: 'So you were in 'The Fly' and you were in 'Beetlejuice.' But was I kooky? Let's watch the movie and see how kooky I am. In 'The Fly,' I'm completely serious and I'm crying and I love my lover.'" – from "Geena Soars" by Rachel Abramowitz in Premiere, February 1994

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"I want to play characters who are in charge of their own destiny, who are self-determining, for good or bad, who make mistakes or not, but make their own choices and decisions. That way, I avoid playing victims and things like that. I don't feel that I need to contribute to that particular thing." – Davis quoted in Scene, November-December 1994

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"I went to New York planning to get a modeling career that would launch my acting career. I never stopped to consider that becoming a successful model was as hard as becoming a famous actress...When I think about it now, it almost seems like naiveté, this unshakeable, blind faith that this was supposed to happen to me. I never considered giving up and going home. I always thought, 'Oh, it's just around the corner.'" – Davis to Parade, Sept. 15, 1996

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Davis had a small tattoo of a cherub with Renny Harlin's first name on her right ankle. Following their 1998 divorce, she underwent laser surgery to remove it.

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She received an honorary doctorate from Boston University in 1999.

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Davis qualified to compete in the semifinals for a slot on the U.S. Olympic archery team in 1999, ranking among the top 32 women in the country. She failed to qualify for the finals, however, but was invited to participate at a test event in Sydney, Australia as a wildcard entry.

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On June 12, 2012, Davis was appointed as a United Nations special envoy. The actress was named a spokesperson for the Tech Needs Girls campaign of the International Telecommunication Union, which raised awareness throughout the world about how information and communication technologies can empower women.

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