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Geena Davis BiographyAs 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. 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. Her next appearance on television was in her own show Sara, which was also good, but soon canceled. She then returned to the big screen in the below-average Transylvania 6-5000 followed by the successful Chevy Chase movie Fletch. From there on, she was on a roll with future husband Jeff Goldblum in the horror remake of The Fly. More successful were Tim Burton's dark comedy Beetle Juice and The Accidental Tourist. 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 and everyone-loves-a-clown Quick Change with Bill Murray. The very successful Thelma & Louise, directed by Ridley Scott, again garnered nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe. A League of Their Own, with Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall, was the turning point as her next film, Hero, 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, which flopped at the box office. Undeterred, Renny decided to film the big-budget Cutthroat Island, starring pirate Geena, which also flopped. Geena has since starred in the thriller, The Long Kiss Goodnight and played Eleanor Little in Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2.
SalaryCutthroat Island (1995): $7,000,000
A League of Their Own (1992): $2,500,000
TriviaPlaced 24th out of 28 semi-finalists for Olympic Archery team. [21 August 1999] Is a member of Mensa (as are James Woods, Alan Rachins, Cy Frost, Ben Rollins and Chino XL). Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#31).  Was considered for the lead role of Kate McQueen in Fair Game (1995). The part eventually went to Cindy Crawford. Gave birth to baby daughter, Alizeh Keshvar Davis Jarrahy, in Los Angeles, April 10, 2002. Measurements: 34-25-35 (on her Zoli modeling card; ideal for her start as an underwear model) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Born at 12:06 am-EST. Wears a size 12 shoe. 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. After graduating from Boston U. she worked as a window mannequin. Said that her Accidents Happen (2009) 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. Was turned down by Martin Scorsese for the role of Iris in Taxi Driver (1976). This was Davis' first film audition. The part went to child actress Jodie Foster. Auditioned five times for Randal Kleiser for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), a role that ultimately went to Brooke Shields. Turned down the role that made famous to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct (1992). Turned down the role that later went to Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Turned down the role that went to Kelly McGillis in The Accused (1988). Turned down the role of Annie in Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Turned down the role of Kit de Luca in Pretty Woman (1990). Friend of Glenn Close, Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson. Returned to work 20 months after giving birth to her daughter Alizeh in order to begin filming a guest appearance on "Will & Grace" (1998). Returned to work ten months after giving birth to her twin sons Kian and Kaiis in order to begin filming "Commander in Chief" (2005).
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