Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Her role as April in 'Tootsie' (1982)
Geena Davis was born on 21st Jan 1957 in Wareham, Massachusetts. Having a MENSA IQ and a degree in fine arts from Boston University, she moved to New York City in hopes of being discovered. After working as a waitress and a model, Davis got her big screen break in the movie "The Fly, and in 1988's Beetlejuice". Stunning and goofy, awkward and graceful, glittering and earthy, Davis has played sci-fi, horror, action, drama, comedy and romance with equal penance. She debuted in film with a small part in Tootsie (1982), and was cast, that year, in a recurring role in television’s Family Ties. She went on to Buffalo Bill in 1983, and wrote one episode of that cult hit. In 1985, Davis starred as a single lawyer looking for love in the television series Sara. The show proved to be ten years ahead of its time, but its failure opened big-screen doors. What followed was Fletch (1985), Secret Weapons (1985), Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986) – and a 1987 to 1990 marriage to her Fly co-star Jeff Goldblum (she had been married briefly, in 1981, to restaurant manager Richard Eminolo) – Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), Beetlejuice (1988), and The Accidental Tourist (1998 – for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar). It was for Davis’ next film, Thelma and Louise (1991), that fans, critics, and judge panels went mad. Davis (and co-star Susan Sarandon) netted Oscar, Golden Globe, British Academy Award and MTV Movie Award nominations, as well as the Boston Society of Film Critics Award, the National Board of Review Best Actress Award, and the David di Donatello Award. 1992 brought Hero and A League of Their Own (for another Golden Globe nomination and MTV Movie Award nod). In 1994, Davis tried her hand at producing, also starring in, Speechless, another Golden Globe nominated film. She has since, under the name of her production company, “The Forge,” produced The Politician’s Wife, The Decision, Mistrial and Bigmalion. She was the lead in Angie (1994), and then two films – Cutthroat Island (1995) and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – by director Renny Harlin, to whom she was married from 1993 to 1998. In 1999, Davis was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance in Stuart Little. Davis is also a world-class athlete, ranked 24th of the 28 semi-finalists for the United States Archery Team in 1999. She’s “way down” at number 61 on one list (Empire Magazine’s) of the “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.” Source: netglimse.com
“It's certainly the role with the most gravitas that I've had to play,”More Geena Davis quotes [08/20/2006 12:08:00]
I just passed on some a script that I was sent, because I said, "I haven't yet played the person staying home, the one that says, 'Good luck, honey,' or whatever." And so that's what I look for. Therefore, by virtue of that exclusion, I'm always trying to find roles that are challenging.More Geena Davis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We have it in our heads that women only need to take up a certain amount of space and then we've done right by them. It's the same in every profession. We get a handful of women professors, a few female board members - that looks normal.More Geena Davis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So many other countries have had female leaders, in fact the U.S. ranks 61st in female representation in government and I think it is startling and sign of a change that needs to be made.More Geena Davis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Somebody warned me early on to be very careful about brushing up against the chocolate.More Geena Davis quotes [09/15/2011 11:09:58]

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