Davis at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Virginia Elizabeth Davis
January 21, 1956
Wareham, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, Producer, Writer, Athlete, Model|
|Spouse(s)||Richard Emmolo (1982–1983)
Jeff Goldblum (1987–1990)
Renny Harlin (1993–1998)
Reza Jarrahy (2001–present, 3 children)
Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an Academy Awards winning American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist.
Davis was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, USA, the daughter of Lucille, a teacher's assistant, and William Davis, a civil engineer; she has a brother named Dan. At an early age, she became interested in music. She learned piano, flute and played organ well enough as a teenager to serve as an organist at her church in Wareham. Davis attended Wareham High School and while an exchange student in Sandviken, Sweden, she became bilingual; she is fluent in Swedish. Enrolling at New England College, Davis eventually graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from Boston University in 1979. While at Boston University, Davis worked part time for the Media Group.
After graduating, Davis served as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor until signing with New York's Zoli modelling agency in 1979. Davis auditioned for roles in many popular movies, including The Terminator’s Sarah Connor, which went to Linda Hamilton. She was working as a model when director Sydney Pollack spotted her and cast her in Tootsie (1982) as a soap opera actress. She followed this up with the part of Wendy Killain in the short-lived television series Buffalo Bill, which aired from June, 1983, to March, 1984. She also wrote the Buffalo Bill episode entitled "Miss WBFL." During the run of Buffalo Bill, In 1983, Geena also appeared as Grace Fallon in an episode of Knight Rider (1982 TV series) entitled "K.I.T.T the Cat". Her television credits from the mid-1980's also include one episode of Riptide, two episodes of Family Ties, and an episode of Remington Steele. This was followed up by a series of her own, Sara, which lasted thirteen episodes.
Davis made her film breakthrough with Fletch, in 1985. This was followed by larger roles in The Fly and Beetlejuice. She received an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Accidental Tourist (1988), and a Best Actress nomination for her role in Thelma and 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. She then co-starred in Hero alongside Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia. Following this, Davis teamed up with then-husband Renny Harlin for the films Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight. She and Harlin co-produced the films. Davis was nominated for Saturn Awards for her performances as Samantha/Charlie in The Long Kiss Goodnight., and as Eleanor Little in Stuart Little, a role she reprised in 2002, and again in 2005.
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 most recently starred in the ABC television series Commander in Chief as the first female President of the United States. 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.
Davis was married to Richard Emmolo (March 25, 1982 – February 26, 1983); actor Jeff Goldblum, with whom she co-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 Iranian American plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy MD. They have three children: daughter Alizeh Keshvar (born April 10, 2002) and fraternal twin boys Kian William Jarrahy and Kaiis Steven Jarrahy on May 6, 2004.
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. From that starting point, 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 of University of Southern California. The study, directed by Dr. Stacy Smith, shows that there are 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 coded.
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.
Davis launched The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2007. 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 both males and females.
Geena Davis was one of 300 women competing, in July 1999, 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.
|1986||The Fly||Veronica Quaife||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|Earth Girls Are Easy||Valerie Gail|
|The 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 shared with Susan Sarandon
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress tied with Susan Sarandon
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
|1992||A League of Their Own||Dottie Hinson||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1993||Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin||Narrator (voice)||short subject|
|Speechless||Julia Mann||also producer
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|1995||Cutthroat Island||Morgan Adams|
|1996||The 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|
|1983-1984||Buffalo Bill||Wendy Killian|
|1983||Knight Rider||Grace Fallon||Guest star, "K.I.T.T. The Cat" (Season 2, Episode 6)|
|1984||Family Ties||Karen Nicholson||Guest star, two episodes|
|1984||Riptide||Dr. Melba Bozinsky||Guest star, "Raiders of the Lost Sub" (Season 1, Episode 12)|
|1985||Sara||Sara McKenna||Cancelled after a few months|
|Secret Weapons||Tamara Reshevsky/Brenda|
|Remington Steele||Sandy Dalrymple||"Steele in the Chips" (Season 3, Episode 20)|
|2000-2001||The Geena Davis Show||Teddie Cochran|
|2003||Will & Grace||Grace's Sister|
|2005-2006||Commander in Chief||President Mackenzie Allen||
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
|2008-present||Link's Future||Mrs. Diane Bolton||Season 3-present|
File:Geena Davis (1989)|
at the 1989 Academy Awards
Virginia Elizabeth Davis|
January 21, 1956
Wareham, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, Producer, Writer|
|Years active||1982 – present|
Richard Emmolo (1982-1983)|
Jeff Goldblum (1987-1990)
Renny Harlin (1993-1998)
Reza Jarrahy (2001-)
NBR Award for Best Actress|
1991 Thelma & Louise
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