Full Name: Virginia Elizabeth Davis
Birth Date: January 21, 1956
Birth Place: Wareham, Massachusetts, USA
Quote: "I have an elbow that bends the wrong way, and I'd do things like stand
in an elevator and the doors would close, and I'd pretend that my arm
had got caught in it, and then I'd scream, 'Ow, ow, put it back!'"
Geena Davis Biography
Both a former Victoria's Secret model and card-carrying member of MENSA, Geena Davis established herself in Hollywood by playing the quirky protagonist in a wide variety of dramas and romantic comedies, though she has also tested the waters in action films and sci-fi horror. Davis showed an interest in show-business from childhood on, and transferred from New England College to Boston University in order to participate within the university's drama program. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 1979, she moved to New York City in hopes of being discovered.
Once there, Davis took on several odd jobs; the oddest, perhaps, being her stint as a department store mannequin. A then struggling actress turned in a job performance impressive enough to attract the attention of Zoli Agents, a prominent modeling company. No longer mere window dressing, the six-foot Davis worked as a lingerie model until making her acting debut in the television sitcom Buffalo Bill (1982); she would later write an episode for the same program. Her resume grew slowly but surely, and it wasn't long before she won a recurring role on the long-running Family Ties (1982-1989) as budding entrepreneur Alex P. Keaton's (Michael J. Fox) maid.
Davis made her first feature-film appearance playing a small role in Tootsie (1982). In 1985, she played the title role in Sara, a short-lived NBC sit-com revolving around a single and fiercely independent lawyer trying to make ends meet in San Francisco. That same year, Davis co-starred with Jeff Goldblum in the vampire spoof Transylvania 6-5000. Goldblum, whom she would later marry, once again was paired with Davis in director David Cronenberg's cult favorite The Fly (1986). The Fly's success officially put Davis on the map, and she would gain further critical notice for her role as a recently deceased housewife in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. The following year she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Accidental Tourist (1988), in which she played an eccentric dog-walker, and reteamed with Jeff Goldblum in 1989's sci-fi musical Earth Girls Are Easy.
Davis received a second Oscar nomination for her part in Ridley Scott's groundbreaking Thelma and Louise (1991), which cast her as an oppressed housewife opposite Hollywood veteran Susan Sarandon. With her film career steadily growing, Davis starred alongside Tom Hanks in the role of a whip-smart baseball ingenue in Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own (1992), and co-starred in 1992's Speechless with Michael Keaton. She broke away from supporting roles and ensemble films to play the lead role in Martha Coolidge's Angie (1994), which featured Davis in the role of a single mother trying to keep her head above water. She went on to marry director Renny Harlin in 1993, who cast her in 1995's Cutthroat Island as well as the 1996 action-thriller The Long Kiss Good Night. Though playing herself in 2000's The Geena Davis Show proved unfruitful, Davis' role in Rob Minkoff's Stuart Little franchise fared much better. In the fall of 2005 she will try television again by appearing on the new series "Commander in Chief."
Davis is currently married to plastic surgeon
Reza Jarrahy. The couple live in Los Angeles with their 3 children.
Geena Davis Filmography
"Commander in Chief" .... President Mackenzie Allen
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (2005) (V) (voice) .... Mrs. Eleanor Little
"Will & Grace"
- The Accidental Tsuris (2004) TV Episode .... Janet Adler
Stuart Little 2 (2002) .... Mrs. Eleanor Little
"The Geena Davis Show" (2000) TV Series .... Teddie Cochran
Stuart Little (1999) .... Mrs. Eleanor Little
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) .... Samantha Caine/Charly Baltimore
Cutthroat Island (1995) .... Morgan Adams
... aka Île aux pirates, L' (France)
... aka Corsari (Italy)
... aka Piratenbraut, Die (Germany)
Speechless (1994) .... Julia Mann
Angie (1994) .... Angie Scacciapensieri
Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin (1993) (voice) .... Narrator
Hero (1992/I) .... Gale Gayley, Channel 4 News Reporter
... aka Accidental Hero
A League of Their Own (1992) .... Dottie Hinson
Thelma & Louise (1991) .... Thelma Yvonne Dickinson
Quick Change (1990) .... Phyllis Potter
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode 14.18 (1989) TV Episode .... Host
The Accidental Tourist (1988) .... Muriel Pritchett
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) .... Valerie
Beetle Juice (1988) .... Barbara
- The Hit List (????) TV Episode .... Daphne
The Fly (1986) .... Veronica Quaife
... aka Mouche, La (Canada: French title)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) .... Odette
"George Burns Comedy Week"
- Dream, Dream, Dream (1985) TV Episode
Fletch (1985) .... Larry
- Steele in the Chips (1985) TV Episode .... Sandy Dalrymple
Secret Weapons (1985) (TV) .... Tamara Reshevsky/Brenda
... aka Secrets of the Red Bedroom
... aka Sexpionage
"Sara" (1985) TV Series .... Sara McKenna
- Karen II, Alex 0 (1984) TV Episode .... Karen Nicholson
- Help Wanted (1984) TV Episode .... Karen Nicholson
- Raiders of the Lost Sub (1984) TV Episode .... Dr. Melba Bozinsky
- Don Juan's Last Affair/Final Adieu (1984) TV Episode .... Whitney Clark
"Buffalo Bill" .... Wendy Killian (1983-1984)
- Company Ink (1984) TV Episode .... Wendy Killian
- Jerry Lewis Week (1984) TV Episode .... Wendy Killian
- K.I.T.T. the Cat (1983) TV Episode .... Grace Fallon
Tootsie (1982) .... April Page
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