Geena Davis Biography
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Geena Davis was born on January 21, 1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts.
While in high school, Geena 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 "Beetlejuice" (1988) and "The Accidental Tourist" (1988).
For the last film, she would be 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" (1989) and "Quick Change" (1990).
The very successful "Thelma & Louise "(1991), directed by Ridley Scott, would
again garner nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe."A League of
Their Own" (1992) with Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall, would be the
turning point as her next film "Hero" (1992) would only be average. Then Geena
would marry director Renny Harlin and they would set up a production and
development company called "The Forge". Their first film would be "Speechless"
(1994) which flopped at the box office. Undeterred, Renny decided to film the
big budget "Cutthroat Island" (1995) starring pirate Geena, which became a huge
In 1999 Geena Davis placed 24th out of 28 semi-finalists for the United States
Olympic Archery team.
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