Geena Davis

Date of Birth
21 January 1956, Wareham, Massachusetts, USA
Birth Name
Virginia Elizabeth Davis
6' (1.83 m)
Mini Biography
As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston University, where she majored in drama. In 1979, she graduated and moved to New York to start her career. Her career consisted of sales clerk and waitress. She worked at Ann Taylor, where she eventually rose to Saturday window mannequin while trying to get a job with a modeling agency. Eventually signed by the Zoli Agency, she wound up as a model in the Victoria Secret's Catalogue. Ever vigilant, Sydney Pollack was looking for new talent in the catalogue when he spotted Geena and cast her in Tootsie (1982). With good reviews, Geena moved to Los Angeles where she was cast as Wendy in the short-lived but critically acclaimed television series "Buffalo Bill" (1983). Her next appearance on television was in her own show "Sara" (1985), which was also good, but soon canceled. She then returned to the big screen in the below-average Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) followed by the successful Chevy Chase movie Fletch (1985). From there on, she was on a roll with second husband Jeff Goldblum in the horror remake of The Fly (1986). More successful were Tim Burton's dark comedy Beetlejuice (1988) and The Accidental Tourist (1988). For the last film, she was the surprise winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. More fun movies followed with the flying-saucer-in-the-pool Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) and everyone-loves-a-clown Quick Change (1990) with Bill Murray. The very successful Thelma & Louise (1991), directed by Ridley Scott, again garnered nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe. A League of Their Own (1992), with Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall, was the turning point as her next film, Hero (1992/I), was only average. Then she married director Renny Harlin and they set up a production and development company called "The Forge." Their first film was Speechless (1994), which flopped at the box office. Undeterred, Renny decided to film the big-budget Cutthroat Island (1995), starring pirate Geena, which also flopped. Geena has since starred in the thriller, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and played Eleanor Little in Stuart Little (1999) and Stuart Little 2 (2002). In 2008, after being missed from the big screen for some years, she ventured to Sydney, Australia, playing the foul-mouthed mom of Harry Cook and Harrison Gilbertson to shoot the dark comedy Accidents Happen (2009).
IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana
Dr. Reza Jarrahy (1 September 2001 - present) 3 children
Renny Harlin (18 September 1993 - 21 June 1998) (divorced)
Jeff Goldblum (1 November 1987 - 17 October 1990) (divorced)
Richard Emmolo (25 March 1981 - 26 February 1983) (divorced)
Placed 24th out of 28 semi-finalists for Olympic Archery team. [21 August 1999]
Ranked #61 in Empire (UK) magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. [October 1997]
Is a member of Mensa (as are James Woods, Alan Rachins, Cy Frost, Ben Rollins and Chino XL).
She speaks Swedish, and attended school in Sweden as an exchange student.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#31). [1995]
In 1996, was the top contender for the role of the evil Queen Beryl in a proposed Sailor Moon live action movie. The project was later scrapped.
Gave birth to baby daughter, Alizeh Keshvar Davis Jarrahy, in Los Angeles, April 10, 2002.
When she was a teenager, she was the assistant organist in her church in her hometown in Massachusetts.
Measurements: 34-25-35 (on her Zoli modeling card; ideal for her start as an underwear model) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Her current husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, a plastic surgeon fifteen years her junior, is Iranian. His last name, Jarrahy, means "surgery" in Farsi.
Born at 12:06 am-EST.
Appeared alongside ex-husband Jeff Goldblum in three films: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
Wears a size 12 shoe.
Her publicist, Paul Bloch, announced in December 2003 that, at 48 years old, she is pregnant with twins which are due to be born in the spring of 2004.
Graduate of Wareham High School (Wareham, Massachusetts) Class of 1974 who voted her "Most Talented."
Her publicist, Paul Bloch, announced that the actress's sons, Kian William and Kaiis Steven, were born in Los Angeles on May 6, 2004. The 48-year-old actress and her plastic surgeon husband, Reza Jarrahy, who married in September 2001, are already parents of a daughter, two-year-old Alizeh Keshvar.
Her second husband, actor Jeff Goldblum, says that he and Geena have remained good friends in the years since their divorce.
Auditioned for a regular cast member spot on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (1975) in 1979.
After graduating from Boston U. she worked as a window mannequin.
Is an expert archer and tried out for the 1996 Summer Olympics. She finished out of the competition.
Said that her Accidents Happen (2009) co-stars and on-screen sons Harry Cook and Harrison Gilbertson looked very much like her two twin boys in real life and felt a great friendship and connection to the both of them.
Said that Accidents Happen (2009) was the most fun she had ever had on a movie.
Turned down the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977). She was the runner-up to Carrie Fisher for the part.
Auditioned for the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984) but lost out to Linda Hamilton.
Turned down the role that made famous to Sandra Bullock in Speed (1994/I).
Turned down the role that went to Kelly McGillis in The Accused (1988).
Turned down the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987).
Was considered for a role in a film adaptation of the TV series "Sailor Moon" (1995/I) which was never made.
Friend of Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and the late Natalie Wood.
Two of her ex-husbands have also been romantically involved with Laura Dern: Renny Harlin and Jeff Goldblum.
Returned to work 20 months after giving birth to her daughter Alizeh in order to begin filming a guest appearance on "Will & Grace" (1998).
Was pregnant with her daughter Alizeh during the filming of Stuart Little 2 (2002).
Returned to work ten months after giving birth to her twin sons Kian and Kaiis in order to begin filming "Commander in Chief" (2005).
Father, William Davis (born 1913) became a first-time grandparent at 88 when Geena, then 46, gave birth to her daughter Alizeh.
Turned down the role of Loretta in Moonstruck (1987). Cher, who went on to win a best actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
Turned down Debra Winger's role in Legal Eagles (1986) because she was already committed to filming The Fly (1986).
Turned down the role of Lilly Dillon in The Grifters (1990); Anjelica Huston, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
First husband, Richard Emmolo, was a restaurant manager in New York City. They met in 1977, began living together in 1978, married in 1980, and divorced in 1983.
Personal Quotes
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!"
[talking about the shows her children watch] As I watched kids' programs with them, I became concerned about gender balance and stereotypes. Boys take up much more space on TV than in real life.
[About Thelma & Louise (1991) being considered a male-bashing movie] Most guys don't relate to the truck drive or the rapist, and if they do, their problems are bigger than this movie.
Cutthroat Island (1995) $7,000,000
A League of Their Own (1992) $2,500,000
Where Are They Now
(December 2003) Publicist announces she is pregnant with twins at age 48.