Geena Davis

Biography

Date of Birth 21 January 1956, Wareham, Massachusetts, USA Birth Name Virginia Elizabeth Davis Height 6' (1.83 m) 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, 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 at the advanced age of 23, 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 future husband Jeff Goldblum in the horror remake of The Fly (1986). More successful were Tim Burton's dark comedy Beetle Juice (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).

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Birth Name

Virginia Elizabeth Davis

Birth Place

Wareham, Massachusetts, États-Unis

Birth Date

1/21/1956
Known For
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Beetlejuice

Barbara

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

Samantha Caine/Charly Baltimore

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Thelma & Louise

Thelma

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A League of Their Own

C Dottie Hinson

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Cutthroat Island

Morgan Adams

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Earth Girls Are Easy

Valerie Gail

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Hero

Gale Gayley

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Ava

Bobbi

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Speechless

Julia Mann

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Accidents Happen

Gloria Conway

Starring In
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Fairyland

Munca

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Ava

Bobbi

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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Herself

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This Changes Everything

Herself

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Marjorie Prime (Prime)

Tess

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Don't Talk to Irene

Geena Davis

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The Fabulous Allan Carr

Self (archive footage)

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Me Him Her

Mrs. Ehrlick

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When Marnie Was There

Yoriko Sasaki (voice)

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In a World

Katherine Huling

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

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Accidents Happen

Gloria Conway

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Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild

Mrs. Eleanor Little (voice)

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Stuart Little 2

Mrs. Eleanor Little

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Stuart Little

Mrs. Eleanor Little

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Herself - Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score

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Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

Samantha Caine/Charly Baltimore

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Cutthroat Island

Morgan Adams

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Speechless

Julia Mann

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Angie

Angie Scacciapensieri

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Hero

Gale Gayley

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A League of Their Own

C Dottie Hinson

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Thelma & Louise

Thelma

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Quick Change

Phyllis Potter

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The Earth Day Special

Kim

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Earth Girls Are Easy

Valerie Gail

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The Accidental Tourist

Muriel Pritchett

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Beetlejuice

Barbara

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The Fly

Veronica Quaife

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Fletch

Larry

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Secret Weapons

Tamara Reshevsky / Brenda

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Transylvania 6-5000

Odette

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Tootsie

April Page

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