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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 January 1956Wareham, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameVirginia Elizabeth Davis
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 series Sara (1985), which was also good, but soon canceled.

Geena 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 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), 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 Geena as pirate leader Morgan, 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). Since 2001 she has been married to her fourth husband, plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy, and they have three children. In 2008, after being missed from the big screen for some years, Geena ventured to Sydney, Australia, playing the foul-mouthed mother of Harry Cook and Harrison Gilbertson to shoot the dark comedy Accidents Happen (2009).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (4)

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 1982 - 26 February 1983) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Statuesque, model-like figure
Deep husky voice

Trivia (31)

Placed 24th out of 28 semi-finalists for Olympic Archery team. [August 1999]
Ranked #61 in Empire (UK) magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. [October 1997]
Was the 97th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Accidental Tourist (1988) at The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) on March 29, 1989.
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).
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.
When she was a teenager, she was the assistant organist in her church in her hometown in Massachusetts.
Her husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy (born 1971), a plastic surgeon, 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).
Graduate of Wareham High School (Wareham, Massachusetts) Class of 1974 who voted her "Most Talented."
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.
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).
Turned down the role that went to Kelly McGillis in The Accused (1988).
Was considered for the roles that went to Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992), Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction (1994) and Demi Moore in Disclosure (1994).
Two of her ex-husbands have also been romantically involved with Laura Dern: Renny Harlin and Jeff Goldblum.
Daughter of William (b. 1913) and Lucille Davis (b. 1919).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 46, a daughter Alizeh Keshvar Davis Jarrahy on April 10, 2002. Child's father is her 4th husband, Reza Jarrahy.
Was pregnant with her daughter Alizeh during the filming of Stuart Little 2 (2002).
Returned to work 20 months after giving birth to her daughter Alizeh in order to begin filming a guest appearance on Will & Grace (1998).
Gave birth to her 2nd and 3rd children at age 48, twin sons Kian William and Kaiis Steven Jarrahy on May 6, 2004. Children's father is her 4th husband, Reza Jarrahy.
Delivered her twin sons Kian and Kaiis 26 days early via Caesarean section due to breathing difficulties.
Returned to work 10 months after giving birth to her twin sons Kian and Kaiis in order to begin filming Commander in Chief (2005).
Her 1st husband, Richard Emmolo, was a restaurant manager in New York City. They dated for about 4 years prior to their short-lived marriage in the early 1980s.

Personal Quotes (3)

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 driver or the rapist, and if they do, their problems are bigger than this movie.

Salary (3)

A League of Their Own (1992) $2,500,000
Cutthroat Island (1995) $7,000,000
The Geena Davis Show (2000) $200,000 per episode

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