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Overview (3)

Born in Wareham, 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 1978, 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 catalog 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) with Dabney Coleman. A starter marriage to restaurant manager Richard Emmolo dissolved around this time. 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 Academy Award nominations for Geena and Susan Sarandon. 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). She's also returned to TV, headlining The Geena Davis Show (2000) and Commander in Chief (2005). Both shows were canceled after one season each, but she won a Golden Globe for the latter. Since 2001 she has been married to her fourth husband, neurosurgeon 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) ( filed for divorce) ( 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
Often plays strong, quirky, authentic women who determine their own destiny

Trivia (29)

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]
Is a member of MENSA (as are James Woods, Alan Rachins, Kym Jackson, Cy Frost, Ben Rollins and Derek Barbosa) with an IQ of 140.
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]
Turned down The Grifters (1990) and Basic Instinct (1992).
Was considered for the female lead in Disclosure (1994) that went to Demi Moore.
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.
At age 46, she gave birth to her first child. Daughter, Alizeh Keshvar Jarrahy was born April 10, 2002. Dad is Davis's fourth husband, 31-year-old craniofacial surgeon Reza Jarrahy.
Was the assistant organist in her church in her hometown in Massachusetts.
Her estranged husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, 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. The actress's sons, Kian William and Kaiis Steven, were born on May 6, 2004 - 26 days early. Davis and her plastic surgeon husband, Reza Jarrahy, are already parents of a daughter, two-year-old Alizeh Keshvar.
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 Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1982.
After graduating from Boston U. she worked as a window mannequin.
Said that Accidents Happen (2009) was the most fun she had ever had on a movie, and that her 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.
Two of her ex-husbands have also been romantically involved with Laura Dern: Renny Harlin and Jeff Goldblum.
Though actually the leading female protagonist in The Accidental Tourist (1988), she was nominated in the supporting-actress category at The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989), ostensibly to make winning easier.
Replaced Debra Winger who pulled out of A League of Their Own (1992) after learning Madonna was going to be in the film.
Born to Lucille Cook (1919-2001) and William F. Davis (1913-2009). Geena's father was a civil engineer and church deacon; her mother worked as a teacher's aide. Her brother Danforth (b. 1953) is a geotechnical engineer and lives in Las Vegas with his wife Marilyn.
Was a model on Betsey Johnson Fall Fashion Show in 1981.
Her fourth husband of nearly 17 years Dr. Reza Jarrahy filed for divorce from her and cited irreconcilable differences and stated Nov. 15, 2017, as their date of separation. [May 2018]
Filed legal documents to dismiss Dr. Reza Jarrahy's divorce petition, because they were never married. Although Davis and Jarrahy presented themselves as husband and wife for 17 years, she says they made the intentional decision not to file for a marriage license, though she doesn't say why. As a result, the marriage never occurred. She says on the day of the wedding Jarrahy knew full well it wasn't a legally binding marriage. [September 2018]
Changed her published birthdate from January 21, 1956 to January 21, 1957 when she debuted. People magazine didn't start reporting her age accurately until the late 1990s, the rest of the media until 2006 when she openly admitted to being 50 instead of 49.

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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