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Geena Davis

Davis at the 1989 Academy Awards
Birth name Virginia Elizabeth Davis
Born January 21, 1956 (1956-01-21) (age 51)
Wareham, Massachusetts
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse(s) Richard Emmolo (1982-1983)
Jeff Goldblum (1987-1990)
Renny Harlin (1993-1998)
Reza Jarrahy (2001-)

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Contents

Biography

Early life

Davis was born in Wareham, Massachusetts to Lucille, a teacher's assistant, and William Davis, a civil engineer. One of the first signs of her interest and skill in the performing arts was her budding talent in music. She learned piano, flute and drums. She played organ well enough as a teenager to serve as an organist at her church in Wareham. Enrolling at New England College, Davis eventually graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from Boston University in 1979. While an exchange student in Sandviken, Sweden, Davis became fluent in Swedish. Wareham is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... â™  This article is about the family of musical instruments. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... “Young Men” redirects here. ... New England College, also known as NEC, is a four-year, private, liberal arts college located in Henniker, New Hampshire. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... For the similarly named institution in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Sandviken is a Municipality in Gävleborg County, in east central Sweden. ...


Career

After graduating, Davis signed with New York's Zoli modelling agency and served as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor. With a height of six feet and a shoe size of 11 (US), Davis was a striking model cast from a different mold. 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 roles in the short-lived television series Buffalo Bill (19831984), for which she also wrote an episode, and Sara (1985). Davis made a breakthrough with 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 for the lead in A League of Their Own. 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 produced the films. A wooden mannequin For other uses, see Mannequin (disambiguation). ... Ann Taylor (NYSE: ANN) is an American group of specialty apparel retail chain stores for women, headquartered in New York City, (7 Times Square Tower, New York, NY 10036). ... A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... George Fields and Dorothy Michaels at the Russian Tea Room Tootsie is a 1982 comedy film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult makes it hard for him to find work. ... // This is the year of film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which will become the highest grossing movie for almost 15 years (until Titanic), earning double or triple against any major film of the 1980s. ... Buffalo Bill was an American television situation comedy that featured the misadventures of an egotistical talk show host and his staff at a small TV station in Buffalo, New York. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... The Fly is a 1986 science fiction/horror/romantic tragedy film produced by Brooksfilms and 20th Century Fox, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz. ... This article is about the film. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Accidental Tourist is an award winning 1988 movie by Lawrence Kasdan that was based on the novel of the same name by Anne Tyler Davis won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of dog trainer Muriel Pritchett. ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... Thelma and Louise Thelma and Louise is a road movie from 1991 conceived and written by Callie Khouri, co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Geena Davis as Thelma, Susan Sarandon as Louise, and Harvey Keitel as a sympathetic detective trying to solve crimes that the two women... The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... Debra Winger (born May 16, 1955) is an Academy Award- nominated American actress. ... A League of Their Own is a 1992 film which tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). ... Hero (also known as Accidental Hero) is a comedy and drama movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Chevy Chase, and Joan Cusack and directed by Stephen Frears. ... Renny Harlin (born Lauri Mauritz Harjola on March 15, 1959 in Riihimäki, Finland) is a film director and producer mostly known for action movies. ... Cutthroat Island is a pirate-themed action film starring Geena Davis and directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin, filmed in various locations around Malta. ... The 1996 thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight stars Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. ...


Davis starred in the short-lived sitcom The Geena Davis Show (20002001). 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 a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series and an Emmy Award. The Geena Davis Show was a short-lived American sitcom starring Geena Davis. ... The year 2000 in television involved some significant events. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... The year 2004 in television involved some significant events. ... Information Nickname(s) Gracie, G, Gracious Gender Unknown Age 30 at series beginning (Series began in March 1998, Grace turned 31 in April 1998), 38 or 39 by series end Date of birth April 26, 1967 Occupation Interior Designer Title Mrs. ... This article is about the television network. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Will & Grace is a popular Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated American television sitcom that was originally broadcast from 1998 to 2006. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... It has been suggested that List of characters in Commander in Chief be merged into this article or section. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... The Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) is the labor union representing over 120,000 film actors in the United States. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Personal life

On September 1, 2001, Davis married Iranian-American Dr. Reza Jarrahy. They have three children: daughter Alizeh Keshvar (born April 10, 2002) and fraternal twins Kian William Jarrahy and Kaiis Steven Jarrahy on May 6, 2004. The marriage is Davis' fourth; she was previously married to Richard Emmolo (25 March 1982 - 26 February 1983); actor Jeff Goldblum, with whom she co-starred in three films, Transylvania 6-5000, The Fly and Earth Girls Are Easy (1987 to 1990); and Renny Harlin, who directed her in Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1993 to 1998). is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Iranian Americans (or Persian Americans) are Americans of Iranian (Persian) descent, including those who are expatriates in exile or permanent immigrants. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy-Award nominated American actor. ... For the 1963 animated film, see Transylvania 6-5000 (1963 film). ... The Fly is a 1986 science fiction/horror/romantic tragedy film produced by Brooksfilms and 20th Century Fox, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz. ... Earth Girls Are Easy is a 1988 American comedy/musical film directed by Julien Temple. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Renny Harlin (born Lauri Mauritz Harjola on March 15, 1959 in Riihimäki, Finland) is a film director and producer mostly known for action movies. ... Cutthroat Island is a pirate-themed action film starring Geena Davis and directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin, filmed in various locations around Malta. ... The 1996 thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight stars Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1999, Davis was a semi-finalist in trials for the United States' Olympic Archery team. She placed twenty-fourth out of twenty-eight. The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. ...


Davis is 6 feet tall (1.83 m), and a member of American Mensa, the High IQ Society, [1] with an IQ of 140. Mensa International is the largest, oldest, and most well-known high IQ society in the world. ... IQ redirects here; for other uses of that term, see IQ (disambiguation). ...


Activism

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. Established by Billy Jean King, the Womens Sports Foundationis a charitable educational organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to participation and leadership opportunities for all girls and women in sports and fitness. ... Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of its principal author, but more commonly known simply as Title IX, is a 76-word United States law enacted on June 23, 1972 that states: No person... An Act of Vaginapenis is a bill or resolution adopted by both houses of the United States Congress to which one of the following events has happened: Acceptance by the President of the United States, Inaction by the President after ten days from reception (excluding Sundays) while the Congress is... Gender discriminaton is discrimination based on gender. ...


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 discreet studies, including one on children’s television). The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films from 1990-2005, there were three male characters for every one female. That research sparked Davis to launch The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (www.TheGeenaDavisInstitute.org) 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.


Filmography

Awards
Preceded by
Olympia Dukakis
for Moonstruck
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1988
for The Accidental Tourist
Succeeded by
Brenda Fricker
for My Left Foot

George Fields and Dorothy Michaels at the Russian Tea Room Tootsie is a 1982 comedy film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult makes it hard for him to find work. ... Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about a wisecracking investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase, at the height of his popularity), who writes under the name of Jane Doe. ... For the 1963 animated film, see Transylvania 6-5000 (1963 film). ... The Fly is a 1986 science fiction/horror/romantic tragedy film produced by Brooksfilms and 20th Century Fox, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz. ... This article is about the film. ... Earth Girls Are Easy is a 1988 American comedy/musical film directed by Julien Temple. ... The Accidental Tourist is an award winning 1988 movie by Lawrence Kasdan that was based on the novel of the same name by Anne Tyler Davis won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of dog trainer Muriel Pritchett. ... Quick-change is a performance style in which a performer or magician changes quickly within seconds from one costume into another costume in front of the audience. ... Thelma and Louise Thelma and Louise is a road movie from 1991 conceived and written by Callie Khouri, co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Geena Davis as Thelma, Susan Sarandon as Louise, and Harvey Keitel as a sympathetic detective trying to solve crimes that the two women... A League of Their Own is a 1992 film which tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). ... Hero (also known as Accidental Hero) is a comedy and drama movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Chevy Chase, and Joan Cusack and directed by Stephen Frears. ... Angie Angie is a 1994 comedy romance drama starring Geena Davis and directed by Martha Coolidge (Director of Out to Sea). ... Cutthroat Island is a pirate-themed action film starring Geena Davis and directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin, filmed in various locations around Malta. ... The 1996 thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight stars Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. ... This article is about the book. ... Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 film, directed by Rob Minkoff. ... Olympia Dukakis (born June 20, 1931 in Lowell, Massachusetts) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Moonstruck is a 1987 romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Academy Award-winning Irish actress. ... DVD cover of My Left Foot My Left Foot, by Christy Brown, is a 1989 autobiographical film which tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who can only move his left foot. ...

Television work

Buffalo Bill was an American television situation comedy that featured the misadventures of an egotistical talk show host and his staff at a small TV station in Buffalo, New York. ... For other uses, see Family Ties (disambiguation). ... The Geena Davis Show was a short-lived American sitcom starring Geena Davis. ... It has been suggested that List of characters in Commander in Chief be merged into this article or section. ...

References

  1. ^ (July 2004) "They're Accomplished, They're Famous, and They're MENSANS". Mensa Bulletin (476): p. 21. American Mensa. ISSN 0025-9543. 

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