Geena Davis

Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in Stuart Little, The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2005, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in Commander in Chief.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Activism
  • 5 Sports
  • 6 Filmography
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links
Early life

Davis was born in Wareham, Massachusetts. Her mother, Lucille (née Cook), was a teacher's assistant, and her father, William F. Davis, was a civil engineer and church deacon; her parents had both been from small towns in Vermont. She has a brother named Danforth ("Dan"). At an early age, she became interested in music. She learned piano and flute and played organ well enough as a teenager to serve as an organist at her Congregationalist church in Wareham. Davis attended Wareham High School and was an exchange student in Sandviken, Sweden, becoming fluent in Swedish. Enrolling at New England College, she eventually graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from Boston University in 1979. Davis is a member of Mensa, a social organization whose members are in the top 2% of intelligence as measured by an IQ test entrance exam.

Career Davis at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Following her education, Davis served as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor until signing with New York's Zoli modeling agency in 1979. Davis auditioned for roles in many popular movies, including The Terminator’s Sarah Connor, which went to Linda Hamilton.[10] She was working as a model when she was cast by director Sydney Pollack in his film Tootsie (1982) as a soap opera actress. She followed the role with the part of Wendy Killain in the short-lived television series Buffalo Bill,[11] which aired from June 1983 to March 1984. She also wrote the Buffalo Bill episode entitled "Miss WBFL."[11] During the run of Buffalo Bill, in 1983, Davis also appeared as Grace Fallon in an episode of Knight Rider entitled "K.I.T.T the Cat". Her television credits from the mid-1980s also include one episode of Riptide, three episodes of Family Ties, and an episode of Remington Steele. This was followed by a series of her own, Sara, which lasted thirteen episodes.

Davis at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.

After roles in Fletch, The Fly, and Beetlejuice, Davis received an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her appearance in The Accidental Tourist (1988), and a Best Actress nomination for her role in Thelma & Louise (1991). Davis replaced Debra Winger in the role of Dottie in A League of Their Own (1992), and received a Best Actress Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.[12] She then co-starred in Hero alongside Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia.

Davis then teamed up with then-husband, director Renny Harlin, for the films Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight (both 1996). She and Harlin co-produced the films. Davis was nominated for the Saturn Awards for her performances as Samantha/Charlie in The Long Kiss Goodnight,[13] and as Eleanor Little in Stuart Little (1999), a role she reprised in 2002 and again in 2005.[14]

In 2000–2001, Davis starred in the short-lived sitcom The Geena Davis Show. In early 2004 she guest-starred as Grace Adler's sister, Janet, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She went on to star in the ABC television series Commander in Chief, portraying the first female President of the United States.[15] This role garnered her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2006, and she also was nominated for an Emmy Award and a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series. Also in 2006, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.[16]

She starred in the Australian-produced, American-set Accidents Happen, which was released in April 2010.

Personal life Reza Jarrahy and Davis in 2009.

Davis was married to Richard Emmolo (March 25, 1982 – February 26, 1983); actor Jeff Goldblum, with whom she starred in three films, Transylvania 6-5000, The Fly and Earth Girls Are Easy (1987 – 1990); and Renny Harlin, who directed her in Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1993 – 1998).

On September 1, 2001, Davis married Reza Jarrahy, an Iranian-American plastic surgeon.[17] At age 46,[17] Davis gave birth to their daughter Alizeh Keshvar (born April 10, 2002). At age 48, she had twin boys, Kian William Jarrahy and Kaiis Steven (born May 6, 2004).

Activism The handprints of Geena Davis in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

Davis is fronting the Women's Sports Foundation campaign Geena Takes Aim in support of Title IX, an Act of Congress focusing on equality in sports opportunities, now expanded to prohibit gender discrimination in United States' educational institutions.

In 2004, while watching children's television programs and videos with her daughter, Davis noticed what she thought was an imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters. Davis went on to sponsor the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment (resulting in 4 discrete studies, including one on children's television) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. The study, directed by Dr. Stacy Smith, showed that there were nearly 3 males to every 1 female character in the nearly 400 G, PG, PG-13, and R-Rated movies the undergraduate team of Annenberg students analyzed.

Geena Davis speaking at Bates College on May 31, 2009.

In 2005, Davis teamed up with the non-profit group Dads and Daughters to launch a venture dedicated to balancing the number of male and female characters in children's TV and movie programming.[18]

Davis launched The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2007.[19] The Institute's first focus is an on-the-ground program that works collaboratively with the entertainment industry to dramatically increase the presence of female characters in media aimed at children and to reduce stereotyping of females by the male-dominated industry.

For her work in this field she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates College in May 2009.[20]

In 2011, Davis became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council's FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year's East Africa drought. She joined Uma Thurman, Chanel Iman and Josh Hartnett in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.[21]


Davis has stated that she was not an athlete growing up,[22] and that her introduction to archery was in 1997, two years prior to her tryouts.

In July 1999, Davis was one of 300 women who vied for a semifinals berth in the US Olympic archery team to participate in the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. She placed 24th of 300 and did not qualify for the team, but participated as a wild-card entry in the Sydney International Golden Arrow competition.[23]

Filmography List of film credits Year Title Role Notes 1982 Tootsie April Page 1985 Fletch Larry 1985 Transylvania 6-5000 Odette 1986 Fly, TheThe Fly Veronica Quaife Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress 1988 Beetlejuice Barbara Maitland 1988 Earth Girls Are Easy Valerie Gail 1988 Accidental Tourist, TheThe Accidental Tourist Muriel Pritchett Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress 1990 Quick Change Phyllis Potter 1991 Thelma & Louise Thelma Yvonne Dickinson
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (tied with Susan Sarandon)
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (tied with Susan Sarandon)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (2nd place, tied with Susan Sarandon)
  • Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
  • Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
  • Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (tied with Susan Sarandon)
1992 League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own Dottie Hinson
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1992 Hero Gale Gayley 1993 Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin Narrator (voice) short subject 1994 Angie Angie Scacciapensieri 1994 Speechless Julia Mann
  • also producer
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1995 Cutthroat Island Morgan Adams 1996 Long Kiss Goodnight, TheThe Long Kiss Goodnight Samantha Caine / Charly Baltimore
  • also producer
  • Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
1999 Stuart Little Mrs. Eleanor Little Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress 2002 Stuart Little 2 Mrs. Eleanor Little 2006 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Mrs. Eleanor Little voice 2009 Accidents Happen Gloria Conway List of television credits Year Title Role Notes 1983–1984 Buffalo Bill Wendy Killian 26 episodes 1983 Knight Rider Grace Fallon Episode: "K.I.T.T. The Cat" 1984 Family Ties Karen Nicholson 3 episodes 1984 Riptide Dr. Melba Bozinsky Episode: "Raiders of the Lost Sub" 1985 Sara Sara McKenna 13 episodes 1985 Secret Weapons Tamara Reshevsky/Brenda Television movie 1985 Remington Steele Sandy Dalrymple Episode: "Steele in the Chips" 2000–2001 Geena Davis Show, TheThe Geena Davis Show Teddie Cochran 22 episodes 2003 Will & Grace Janet Adler Episode: "The Accidental Tsuris" 2005–2006 Commander in Chief President Mackenzie Allen 19 episodes
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
  • Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
  • Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
  • Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
2009 Exit 19 Gloria Woods Television movie 2012 Coma Dr. Agnetta Lindquist 2 episodes References
  1. ^ a b Blash, Margi (2004-05-31). "Hollywood Baby Boom". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Geena Davis in Olympic archery semifinals". CNN. August 5, 1999. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Editor's notes: Fish out of water" April 08, 2009, South Coast Today
  4. ^ Geena Davis biography. Film
  5. ^ "Editor's notes: Fish out of water". 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2000
  7. ^ "Trends in Photography". Los Angeles Times. July 14, 1989. 
  8. ^ Mensa USA web site
  9. ^ "Davis bio at Yahoo Movies". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Davis at Athlete Promotions". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  11. ^ a b Buffalo Bill at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "‘A League of Their Own’ (PG)". The Washington Post. July 3, 1992. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Awards for Geena Davis at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Awards for Stuart Little at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ "Geena Davis Would Love to Be Part of a 'Beetlejuice' Sequel". BloodyDisgusting. 
  16. ^ Lucy Award, past recipients WIF web site
  17. ^ a b "People Mobile - Midlife Moms". 2002-04-18. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  18. ^ Burch, Ariel Z (15 March 2008). "Geena Davis: In a league of her own". Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  20. ^ "List of 2009 Bates honorands at Bates College web site". 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  21. ^ "Dr. Jill Biden Joins USAID and Ad Council to Debut FWD Campaign for the Crisis in the Horn of Africa". PR Newswire. October 26, 2011.
  22. ^ Litsky, Frank (August 6, 1999). "OLYMPICS; Geena Davis Zeros In With Bow and Arrows". The New York Times. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Geena Davis still causing commotion in archery". CNN. September 21, 1999. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
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  • Stuart Little
    1999, UK release: unknown
  • In A World
    2013, United States, UK release: 13 September 2013

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Lake Bell Lake Bell Lake Bell Ken Marino Rob Corddry Jeff Garlin Demetri Martin Eva Longoria Fred Melamed 3311 Productions Team G In A World Columbia Pictures Hugh Laurie Michael J. Fox Rob Minkoff Steve Zahn Nathan Lane Jonathan Lipnicki Chazz Palminteri M. Night Shyamalan (screenplay)

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Beetlejuice [1988] [DVD] Beetlejuice [1988] [DVD]
Before making Batman, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton teamed up for this popular black comedy about a young couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) whose premature death leads them to a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. As ghosts in their own New England home, they're faced with the challenge of scaring off the...
by Tim Burton, with Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe, Maurice Page, published by Warner Home Video.
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The Long Kiss Goodnight [DVD] [1996] The Long Kiss Goodnight [DVD] [1996]
Geena Davis and her former husband, director Renny Harlin, attempted to pick up the pieces after the debacle of their box-office disaster, Cutthroat Island. What they came up with was this repulsive ode to American Film Noir, based on a script by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) about an amnesiac schoolteacher (Davis) who searches...
by Renny Harlin, with Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, published by Warner Home Video.
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Thelma & Louise (Special Edition) [DVD] [1991] Thelma & Louise (Special Edition) [DVD] [1991]
Thelma and Louise is as extraordinary and admirable a film in retrospect as it was when it was first shown. Nothing has dated about its tale of two waitresses who decide that being outlaws and eventual death on their own terms is better than putting up with any more nonsense from husbands, boyfriends, rapists and offensive strangers....
by Ridley Scott, with Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, published by Twentieth Century Fox.
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Beetlejuice [Blu-ray] [1988] [Region Free] Beetlejuice [Blu-ray] [1988] [Region Free]
by Tim Burton, with Michael Keaton, Sylvia Sidney, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Jones, published by Warner Home Video.
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The Long Kiss Goodnight [Blu-ray] [1996] [Region Free] The Long Kiss Goodnight [Blu-ray] [1996] [Region Free]
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The Complete Stuart Little (3 Disc Box Set) [1999] [DVD] [2006] The Complete Stuart Little (3 Disc Box Set) [1999] [DVD] [2006]
by Rob Minkoff, with Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Chazz Palminteri, published by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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