What the Hell Happened to Geena Davis?

Geena Davis 2014

Geena Davis rose to prominence in the 80’s.  She capped off the decade with an Academy Award.  She kicked off the 90’s with a starring role in the pop culture juggernaut, Thelma and Louise.  But by the end of the 90’s, her film career vanished.  What the hell happened?

Davis - archery

It’s easy to look at Geena Davis and assume that she is just another pretty face.  On screen, she frequently appears as a bit of a ditz.  But in reality, there is a lot more to Geena Davis.  For example, Davis is a member of Mensa which requires an IQ in the top 2%  She is fluent in Swedish, trained in several musical instruments and is an Olympic-level archer.

Let’s see Meg Ryan do that!

davis - modeling

Davis got her start as a model.  But she quickly caught the eye of director Sydney Pollack and soon she was working in movies.  Although she has continued to work as a spokesmodel throughout her acting career.

Davis- Tootsie

Davis auditioned for several movies including the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator before landing her first acting job in one of the biggest comedies of the 80’s, Tootsie.

Tootsie starred Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who lands a role on a soap opera by cross-dressing.  Davis’ role was small and mostly consisted of parading around in front of Hoffman in her underwear.  The joke came from Hoffman pretending to be “one of the girls” while Davis flounced around in front of him.

Although her role was small, Tootsie was a monster hit in 1982.  The reviews were great, it was nominated for several Oscars and the box office was very strong.  It was a great way to start an acting career.

Davis - Knight Rider

Following Tootsie, Davis spend the next few years paying her dues on TV.  In 1983, she appeared in an episode of Knight Rider where she hassled the Hoff.

davis - buffalo bill

Davis also had a recurring role on the short-lived Dabney Coleman sitcom, Buffalo Bill.

Buffalo Bill ran for two shortened seasons.  Despite critical acclaim and 11 Emmy nominations, Buffalo Bill suffered from low ratings which lead to its cancellation.

davis - Fantasy Island

After Buffalo Bill was cancelled, Davis was back to TV guest spots.  In 1984, she appeared on Fantasy Island (pictured above) and Riptide.

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  1. Nostalgia Chick: Cutthroat Island

    Just in time for International Geena Davis Day, take a trip back with one of the greatest (and least-remembered) box office disasters of all time, Cutthroat Island!


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  3. Geena Davis is frustrated by the lack of roles for women in Hollywood


  4. Geena Davis is NOT here for a Thelma & Louise remake:


  5. Geena Davis To Return For Beetlejuice Sequel? Here’s What She Says:

    It’s been almost 30 years since we first got a taste of that bizarrely wonderful Beetlejuice. And one taste wasn’t nearly enough. We’ve been wanting more for decades, and talks of a sequel have been happening seemingly forever. It wasn’t until a couple months ago that we finally got a glimpse of what the future could hold, when Winona Ryder pretty much confirmed its happenings. So of course, Geena Davis was asked whether or not she’d return to reprise her role as the lovable ghost Barbara Maitland, to which she exclaimed she’d “love to” but there may be a problem

    Geena Davis has held a number of iconic roles throughout her career, and while Barbara Maitland certainly is no Thelma, the character is still an beloved aspect of the original Beetlejuice, and one we’d want to see again. So when ETonline asked the Oscar-winning actress whether she would be reprising her role, Davis answered:

    I did hear that it’s really happening. No one’s talked to me about it. I would love to! That was one of my favorite movies, too…But ghosts probably don’t age, and it’s going to be 30 years now. Of course, I haven’t aged, but I think Alec Baldwin maybe has aged, perhaps.

    Clearly Geena Davis wants to be involved with the sequel, and she’s still got the sense of humor to help pull it off. We already know that both the leading lady (Ryder) and the titular character (Michael Keaton) are game. Now let’s just say “Beetlejuice 2” a few more times, just to be sure it’s really happening

    We’ve got bits and pieces of what may be in store if the sequel ever does come around to fruition. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith confirmed that the film would be set in present day, and would indeed take the Michael Keaton-suggested approach of “less is more” with the titular character. Tim Burton has teased that the film has started to progress, and has shared his excitement for reuniting with Michael Keaton once again.

    We still have not made any progress on a solid release date though. It sounds like Geena Davis still hasn’t even been given any details on her own involvement quite yet, so clearly filming won’t be happening any time soon. Graham Smith has previously claimed that the filming could get going as early as the end of this year, but with Burton’s commitment to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set to release on March 4, 2016, he may be holding back the chatter until his schedule clears up.


  6. Cinematic Excrement: Cutthroat Island (1995)

    I may have gotten a little carried away with this one.


  7. One thing to be learned from this article: Madonna is an asshole. That’s what I took away, anyhow.


  8. Famous Celebs Who Vanished

    Post by codename: knapp on 18 hours ago
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    yesterday at 12:02am Gentleman Of Leisure said:
    Whatever happened to Geena Davis? She used to be in movies, but now she’s not in movies anymore. She’s attractive enough but when she smiles you see too much gum. Not a good tooth-to-gum ratio.

    She married a plastic surgeon (NO JOKES) in 2001 and has had a few kids. Except for a TV show in 2005-6 on NBC where she played the POTUS (I swear, I was coming in here to ask when that was cancelled, then horrified to learn the show’s been off the air for 10 years) her roles have been limited, mostly TV.

    Post by blackoutcreature on 9 hours ago
    As for Geena Davis, “Cutthroat Island” destroyed any perception she had as a leading lady. Yeah she’s had some parts since then, but I don’t think anybody is trusting her with anything too high profile anymore.


  9. Geena Davis’s archery skills is on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrities with Hidden Talents



    The Deadspin piece also makes plenty of further allegations against Fox, including their discussion of a Geena Davis appearance at an in-house symposium on women in sports broadcasting. There’s a fascinating video of an employee asking Davis about the Dominguez lawsuit:


  11. Geena Davis to star on Fox’s The Exorcist pilot

    She’ll play a “regal, put-upon mother plagued by nightmares pertaining to one particular demon” in the modern update of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 horror novel.


  12. What movies killed what actor’s career?

    A lot of lists mention Cutthroat Island (1996) as derailing Geena Davis’ pretty meteoric rise.
    She won an Oscar in 1988 for the Accidental Tourist as well as starring in the major hit Beetlejuice. Then she went on to play leading roles in a few iconic box office and critical successes, including Thelma and Louise (Oscar nomination for Best Actress) and A League of Her Own (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.)

    Cutthroat Island, a swashbuckling pirate adventure flop, directed by her husband Renny Harlin was a critical and box office disaster. Her film career never really recovered from it.
    It should be noted she had a few stumbles in the several years between A League of Her Own and Cutthroat Island though. The big budget rom-com Hero, with Andy Garcia didn’t do great. Ditto Speechless with Michael Keaton.


  13. Where would ‘Thelma & Louise’ be now? Susan Sarandon weighs in


    • ‘Thelma & Louise’: Geena Davis got really, really drunk for one scene

      Hey, it was a challenging shoot. When Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were pressed to answer which day was the hardest on the set of Thelma & Louise, Davis told EW about the time she got really drunk on set before a scene. “When I read the script, the hardest thing, I thought, was going to be laughing hysterically. Like, crying laughing,” Davis said of the scene. “There’s a scene where I’m supposed to be doing that. I’m like, ‘How do you do that? Especially take after take.’ I get this idea that I’d get a little bit drunk. I thought, ‘This is working well, glug glug.’” Unfortunately, it worked a little too well. “So we did the scene, and it worked, but I was so drunk I couldn’t shoot that afternoon.


    • Where are the stars of Thelma And Louise now? As the cult classic celebrates its 25th birthday, what the cast members did next – from Hollywood stardom to rehab and debt

      Geena Davis, 60, played Thelma Dickinson, following on from her lead role in Sydney Pollack’s Tootise and parts in Beetlejuice, The Fly and The Accidental Tourist.

      After Thelma And Louise, for which Davis received a Best Actress Golden Globe Award nomination, she took on pivotal roles in A League of Their Own and Hero, in which she starred opposite Dustin Hoffman.

      Recently she has taken on the recurring role of Dr. Nicole Herman in Grey’s Anatomy and has been cast in a new drama called Marjorie Prime, alongside Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.


  14. 15 Movie Stars Who Peaked in the ’90s


    Geena Davis would’ve made a great Wonder Woman back in her day. Few actresses of any era held such a high wire balance between imposing presence and delicate beauty, but this was where the six foot actress resided full time in her prime. A prime, unsurprisingly, that tackled genres and directions that most women simply wouldn’t be able to pull off on their own. Whether a criminal in Thelma & Louise (1991), a baseball player in A League of Their Own (1992), or a kick-ass action star in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Davis sold any challenge thrown her way with the utmost physical and emotional gusto.

    Lesser roles like Hero (1992) and Speechless (1994) also thrived off of this approachable glamour, but Davis’ career took a nosedive following the box office bomb that was Cutthroat Island (1995). In the wake of such a blow, the former model was relegated to the Stuart Little series, save for a forgettable film (Accidents Happens) every once in awhile. She should’ve pushed for a damn Wonder Woman movie instead.


  15. Geena Davis, Bill Maher, Bronson Pinchot and Alfre Woodard starred in this short-lived Gary David Goldberg sitcom about a law firm.



      by Cary O’Dell

      As I noted before, it seems like every new fall TV season always ushers in at least one show (or, if we are really “lucky,” two) that make us want to kill our televisions. These are those shows that the TV critics seem to love to hate–and who is to say that they are wrong?—and which they designate as the absolute worst of the new batch. And more often than not, the critics are right, as these shows usually die a quick and resounding death.

      But… let’s take a moment to remember the few, the lame, the universally hated, and the until-now forgotten….

      2000-01: “The Geena Davis Show”

      Sometime after “Thelma & Louise” but before TV’s “Commander-in-Chief,” we all collectively decided we hated Geena Davis for some reason. This happens from time to time in the culture, most recently when we all turned on the evil Anne Hathaway a few years ago. After following up “Thelma” with a group of flop films, Davis brought herself to TV in this tepid sitcom where she was a newly married stepmom. Former “thirtysomething” co-star Peter Horton played her new husband, future “Bones” star John Frances Daley was her stepson, and Mimi Rogers was her randy best friend. This series was about as successful as Davis’s big screen opus “Cutthroat Island.”


  16. Geena Davis: ‘Films With More Diversity Make More Money’

    Academy Award-winner Geena Davis, recently cast in the pilot of Fox’s “The Exorcist” reboot, is one of Hollywood’s fiercest activists for women and minorities, pushing the biz to recognize that…


  17. The Cast Of ‘A League Of Their Own’ Had A Reunion After Nearly 25 Years

    Something truly wonderful happened in Bentonville, Arkansas on Mother’s Day. Almost 25 years after director Penny Marshall’s fantastic period comedy, A League of Their Own hit theaters in July of 1992, six of the film’s principal cast members gathered together for a ball game at the Bentonville Film Festival, which was founded by actress Geena Davis in 2015. They even showed up dressed for the part, wearing hats and shirts modeled after the Rockford Peaches American Girls Professional Baseball League team they played for in the movie.

    According to Us Weekly, Davis (Dottie Hinson) was joined by Tracy Reiner (Betty “Betty Spaghetti” Horn), Anne Ramsay (Helen Haley), Freddie Simpson (Ellen Sue Gotlander), Megan Cavanagh (Marla Hooch) and Patti Pelton (Marbleann Wilkenson). They posed for pictures and goofed off with the crowd during a small baseball game tied to the festival. The festival, which Davis co-founded with Trevor Drinkwater, is a “research based and commercial focused platform that proactively supports diverse storytellers” and “[champions] women and diverse voices in media.”

    Rosie O’Donnell (Doris Murphy), Lori Petty (Kit Keller) and Madonna (Mae “All the Way” Mordabito) weren’t able to make it to the festivities. Neither did Tom Hanks, who played the Rockford Peaches’ washed-up, alcoholic coach, Jimmy Dugan. But that’s okay, because he was probably there in spirit.


  18. Geena Davis: “We have to stop saying, ‘Now this will change everything'”


  19. OK so why did Geena Davis fail?

    “Cutthroat Island” hurt her, and she wasn’t the rom-com type like Roberts or Ryan when those made actresses huge stars. She’s still a very likable presence, so at least she could have a comeback.


    reply 5 5 hours ago

    She married Renny Harlin and hitched her star to his wagon. Unfortunately he was a terrible director who directed her in the giant bomb Cutthroat Island and a couple other bombs I can’t recall the titles of.

    Just because you marry a guy doesn’t mean you have to put your career trajectory in his hands. Love is blind – and stupid.


    reply 9 4 hours ago

    She made a movie with Samuel Jackson where she was an assassin. Think it was called The long Goodbye. It tanked miserably. After that she petered out.


    reply 10 4 hours ago

    She had a chance for a comeback on TV with her show “Commander in Chief” back in 2005. The show started off strong, and was on track to become a big hit, but chaos behind the scenes tanked it. There was a revolving door of show runners and writers, each trying to put their own spin on the concept, and it destroyed what people initially liked about the show.


    reply 11 4 hours ago

    Frank Langella mentioned Davis and Harlin in his bio.

    They were wildly out of control on that film. They blatantly overworked the native background workers while Davis was literally carried around and fanned and shielded from the sun like she was Cleopatra.


    reply 15 4 hours ago

    Her quirkiness worked in roles like the housekeeper on Family Ties or The Accidental Tourist and Thelma and Louise. But Harlin unwisely tried to turn her into an action star in Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight (although I liked the latter). It just didn’t work.

    Her guest gig on Grey’s Anatomy was quite good, though.


    reply 18 4 hours ago

    Concur that Cutthroat Island killed her time as a leading lady. One of the biggest box office bombs ever.


    reply 20 4 hours ago

    I think roles in The Fly and Thelma and Louise and A League of their Own proved she could lead a film with a strong co-star or ensemble but her own vanity vehicles just didn’t work. She couldn’t really carry a film on her own and same with a TV series as all the shows in which she was the lead flopped.


    reply 21 7 minutes ago


    • Cutthroat Island killed Carolco Studios, and was the biggest box office flop to date. Enough to kill Geena Davis’ career.


      reply 24 a day ago

      7 ft tall, overbite, lisp. Not a leading lady but she behaved as though she was smarter than everyone. Not well liked. OLD.


      reply 25 a day ago

      THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT is a classic action movie. It was the top selling script for a decade and was so good that it improbably got made. Its very, very funny. Shows Harlin is about as competent as the material he works with.

      Also worth checking out is HERO where she stars with Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia (as well as Chevy Chase in a supporting unbilled role). Heartwarming big budget studio comedy. Directed by Stephen Frears who did PHILOMENA, DANGEROUS LIASONS, THE QUEEN and THE GRIFTERS. Movie lost a ton of money. But it’s good.

      And she holds her own against Bill Murray in QUICK CHANGE, the only movie Bill Murray ever directed. That is without question, an absolute classic. Murray’s best work outside of GHOSTBUSTERS.


      reply 26 a day ago

      She hit 40. Most women over 40 in Hollywood tend to tank, unless a director takes up their cause – like Ryan Murphy did with Jessica Lange or Tarantino with Jason Leigh in Hateful (though she wasn’t the first choice)…


      reply 29 16 hours ago

      Her height really could have a lot to do with it. Many of today’s biggest stars are very small in stature.


      reply 30 16 hours ago

      Davis’ is vastly talented, but she also benefited from kismet. She only got A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN because Debra Winger (who’d originally been cast as Dottie Hinson) unexpectedly dropped out when Madonna was cast in a supporting role. Penny Marshall mentions in her book MY MOTHER WAS NUTS that Winger told her “You’re making an Elvis movie,” referring to The King’s many successful but horrible filmography and implying that the film would lose prestige with Madonna in it. So Davis stepped in at the last minute (they had her audition on the field in heels) and the movie was a huge hit, becoming the #10 film of the year. It even spawned a short-lived sitcom. I wonder if Winger kicked herself after that.

      Incidentally, The ending of the film–in which Penny showed the real women baseball players–inspired Steven Spielberg to use Holocaust survivors at the end of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. He asked Penny’s permission. She was happy to give it since he was the one who turned her on to directing.


      reply 31 14 hours ago

      I loved Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist and was delighted she won the Oscar that year over Sigourney Weaver who literally everyone thought had it in the bag. There’s this moment at the end of the film when William Hurt has his car turn around to pick her up that makes me so happy. I’m actually surprised that William Hurt didn’t garner a Best Actor nod for that film. I realize it would have been his fourth nomination in a row (the first of the series having won it for him), but it really was some of his strongest work. Kathleen Turner is really great in it too.

      I’m curious who was the first choice to play Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight. I think JJL’s performance in that is just so perfect, I can’t picture anyone else in the role.


      reply 33 10 hours ago

      I agree that Geena gave a lovely performance in The Accidental Tourist, and her radiant smile at the end has always been one of my favorite movie endings. I can understand the argument that she’s more Lead than Supporting in the film, but purely in terms of performance, I’ve always liked that Oscar win. Besides, I think Weaver was more deserving for either Aliens or Gorillas in the Mist.

      There were rumors that Jennifer Lawrence was Tarantino’s first choice to play Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight, but he later denied that in interviews (though he said they met for coffee and he’d like to work with her sometime). I read that the main contenders who auditioned were Geena Davis, Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Robin Wright, Demi Moore (lol) and Evan Rachel Wood. But I doubt any of them would have been as feral and demonic as JJL, and I’m glad it finally brought her that elusive Oscar nomination.


      reply 34 10 hours ago

      Geena was perfect in The Long Kiss Goodnight. She could definitely do action. Unfortunately it was probably The Cutthroat Island that destroyed her possible superstardom. As a film it’s not actually that terrible although obviously it’s not really a great film.


      reply 38 10 hours ago

      I made a flip post earlier about her height and overbite and age. Y’all are right. She was refreshing and very talented and unusually radiant. She is pretty smart, too smart for the game probably. I believe she approaches everything with intelligence and dedication. She was the reason to see Thelma and Louise. Louise truly transforms and Davis is the one who transforms her. It is a beautifully thought out performance. And yeah I loved the Long Kiss Goodnight. Still, it’s hard when you are an older actress who doesn’t read as womanly or mature. She needs a good supporting role in film, not another attempted lead in TV.


      reply 4 19 hours ago

      Yeah, Cutthroat Island was one of those massive bombs (like Striptease or Hudson Hawk) that can deal a huge blow to career – both Davis and Harlin, in this case. They tried to recover with The Long Kiss Goodnight but it wasn’t quite enough. It seemed like she just immediately vanished after that.

      Also agree that Quick Change was a good and underrated movie.


      reply 4 29 hours ago

      Glad to see the love for QUICK CHANGE. It’s brilliant because it would probably work without the comedy. There’s a ton of tension and drama involved when a group of bank robbers just need to get to the airport and everything that can go wrong does. Bill Murray’s entire persona is of a fast talker who can get himself out of sticky situations and to put him in situation after situation where that comes into play puts his talent on constant display.

      There’s also a realism to the tone of the film that ramps up the tension. And oddly enough, Quaid is chosen to play the goofy comic sidekick allowing Murray’s humor to be more subdued.

      As for Long Kiss Goodnight, it was already underway when Cutthroat Island became one of the biggest bombs ever. That movie sunk the company that did Terminator 2, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. So with Long Kiss, New Line kind of just put it out there without the level of fanfare and ad dollars that might have gone towards it if Cutthroat had done poorly as opposed to apocalyptically bad. And back then, ad dollars counted.

      Long Kiss has been a strong catalogue title for the studio and we were likely to see a reboot eventually. But the fact Shane Black is one of the top filmmakers working today practically guarantees it.


      reply 48 7 hours ago

      If Jodie Foster was not in the conversation in 1991, I think Best Actress should’ve gone to Davis over Susan Sarandon. Louise is pretty much the same throughout; it’s Thelma who has the metamorphosis, the character arc. The way Davis was able to transform from mousy, put-upon housewife to sexy, assertive renegade was genius. And you don’t notice it until the end credits when they play clips of the movie and you see her earlier self.


      reply 5 17 hours ago

      Geena has always seemed more like a quirky character actress than a leading lady to me. I think she still has a chance for a movie or TV comeback. Her gender studies work is very admirable and she seems very committed to it, but in interviews I’ve sensed that she’d also LOVE a comeback as an actress.

      Separately, good for JJL to have beaten such amazing competition to get her part in The Hateful Eight. Despite the fact that the movie was a bust, I’m sure it helped her career.


      reply 59 6 hours ago

      Another one her – Long Kiss Goodnight was a great film, although it may have not done well at the box office.

      And yes – it was the Renny Harlin years that derailed her career – but the Jeff Goldblum years didn’t wear well either.

      Besides the Olympics, apparently she had 3 kids in her late 40s (48) – which is pretty amazing. I’m sure she’s fine.


      reply 61 5 hours ago

      Renny Harlin and her reputation must have been bad even before Cutthroat was made. I remember they tried to get every popular actor of the time to co-star with her and in the end the best they could get was Matthew Modine, who was already gone of a faded star at that point.


      reply 62 5 hours ago


      • One major problem Hollywood started to have was that suddenly everyone they thought looked good that had some talent was suddenly lead actor material. Geena is a character actor. If movies were like they used to be, where there were good character roles written into stories, then she would have had a longer career. Not everyone is a lead, some people are better at portraying a character, unfortunately this seems to be forgotten if someone is good looking. Immediately they get stuck in front of the camera as a lead.


        reply 115 15 hours ago

        Geena Davis was beautiful, but in an outsized, almost overdrawn way perfect for old-time movie stardom. She also had an affable goofiness about her that works well for both physical comedy and witty scripts. Moreover, she established great chemistry with other actors, male and female, making her a great member of an ensemble.

        The action movies really weren’t her forte, but I enjoyed the spy one with Samuel L Jackson more than I thought I would.

        Maybe she will find a good role on a cable series, even if it just an arc, like Ellen Burstyn just did on House of Cards.

        NB: She was a standout on an early Remington Steele episode.


        reply 133 12 hours ago


      • What Happened to Geena Davis- News & Updates

        Geena Davis is an American actress who is known for her roles in the popular films Thelma & Louise and The Accidental Tourist. Standing at an amazing six feet, Davis initially worked as a model after graduating from college in the early 1980’s. After a few years of appearing in photo shoots and the like, she eventually landed a role in the comedy film, Tootsie in 1982ーit was also her debut on the big screen. Some of her other early projects as an actress include Knight Rider (1983), Buffalo Bill (1983), Fantasy Island (1984) and Riptide (1984). It wasn’t until late 1984 that Davis finally began to make her way into mainstream attention after securing the part of a recurring character in the NBC sitcom, Family Ties. Eventually in 1988, the actress received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Muriel Pritchett in the popular movie, The Accidental Tourist. Since then, Davis has starred in many productions both on the big and small screens.

        Over the years, the actress has successfully become one of the most recognized stars in the entertainment industry. A veteran actress with dozens of credits to her name, Davis has also been on the receiving end of countless awards; since her Oscar win back in the late 80’s, she has garnered a Golden Globe Award (e.g. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series), a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, two Cannes Film Festival Awards, a National Board of Review Award, amongst numerous others. In addition, she is also a three-time Golden Globe Award nominee (not including the one which she’d won), a three time Academy of Science fiction Award nominee as well as a two time MTV Movie Award nominee.

        A well-respected and recognized talent, Davis has been featured as a guest in several television talk shows throughout her multi-decade long career. So far, she has starred on The Rosie O’donnell Show (1996), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2000), Late Show with David Letterman (2006), Ellen: The Ellen Degeneres Show (2006), The Oprah Winfrey Show (2006) and Good Morning America (2015), to name a few. A regular face on the small screen, she has also appeared in multiple documentary series including Bravo Profiles (2002), Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey (2002), AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains (2003), Fear of the Flesh The Making of The Fly (2005), the list goes on. In fact, she has even lent her voice to various animated projects such as Fairy Tales on Ice: Alice Through the Looking Glass (1996), When Marnie Was There (2014) and Doc McStuffins (2013).

        So what has the accomplished actress been up to recently? What new films or television series have she been busy with filming for? What happened to Geena Davis? Where is she now in 2016?

        Geena Davis’ Childhood and Early Life

        Born on January 21, 1956, in Wareham, Massachusetts, Geena Davis (Birth name: Virginia Elizabeth Davis) is the daughter of William F. and Lucille Davis, civil engineer and teacher’s assistant respectively; she has an older brother named Danforth. Growing up in the small town of Wareham, Davis developed an interest for the arts at an early age; she listened to music regularly as a young girl and eventually took up the piano and flute. In her later teen years, she also learned how to play the organ to a proficient enough degree that allowed her to act as an organist at her local church. As a teen, Davis went to Wareham High School however due to her tall stature, she had always felt rather uncomfortable amongst her shorter peers.

        During that time, she also went to Sandviken, Sweden as an exchange student; she eventually returned to the United States after having mastered the Swedish language. After graduating from high school, Davis enrolled at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where she later earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Drama. An excellent student, Davis excelled in her classes and was also a member of Mensaーa social organization which offers membership to those whose IQ is tested to be at or above the 98th percentile. Following her college graduation, she moved to live in New York City where she eventually took advantage of her statuesque physique and became a model.

        Geena Davis’ Early Career in the Show Business

        It was while she was working as a New York model that she eventually caught the attention of movie director, Sydney Pollack. Interested in having her star in his film, he offered Davis a small part in his comedy project, Tootsieーwhich eventually aired in theaters in 1982. After making her debut on the big screen in her twenties, the former model later found herself landing parts in various television series such as Knight Rider (1983) and Buffalo Bill (1983); the latter ultimately being Davis’ first time playing the role of a lead protagonist. Over the next few years, she continued to play a number of small parts in the shows Fantasy Island (1984) and Riptide (1984).

        A few years after making her debut as an actress, Davis landed her first breakthrough when she was cast as a recurring character in the American sitcom, Family Ties. Starring Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter Birney, the series revolved around the lives of former hippies Elyse and Steven Keaton and their family. First premiered on the NBC Network in September 1982, the show was critically acclaimed, having attracted tens of millions of audience members during its run. Having won numerous awards, including three Emmys and a Golden Globe, Family Ties continued for seven years, and eventually ended in 1989 after well over a hundred episodes. In the series, Davis played the recurring role of Karen Nicholson, a clumsy housekeepers whom the family had employed for a few episodes.

        From there, Davis went on to play several different roles in a number of films including Fletch (1985), The Fly (1986), Beetlejuice (1988) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1989). In 1988, she received her second breakthrough when she was given a supporting role in the drama film, The Accidental Tourist. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the movie opened in theaters on December 23, 1988 to an overwhelmingly positive reception. Based on a novel of the same name written by Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist told the story of a writer named Macon Leary (played by William Hurt), who finds himself struggling to continue on with every day life after his son is tragically killed and his marriage collapses. In the critically acclaimed film, Davis played the role of Muriel Pritchett, an employee at an animal hospital who eventually finds himself falling for Macon. Nominated for several awards, The Accidental Tourist earned the actress her first major industry awardーan Academy Award for the category of “Best Supporting Actress.”

        Geena Davis’ Later Acting Career

        Propelled into fame with her recent well-received role, Davis soon found herself playing the lead role in the American road film, Thelma & Louise. Starring Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel and the actress herself, the movie centered around two close friends, Thelma and Louise, who decides to set off on a road trip with eventual devastating consequences. Regarded as a classic feminist film, Thelma & Louise was a success at the box office, grossing over $45 million from a $16.5 million budget. Premiered in the United States on May 24, 1991, it was quickly hailed as one of the best films of the year. The winner of multiple awards and honours, Thelma & Louise also garnered the actress two awardsーa Boston Society of Film Critics Award and a National Board of Review for “Best Actress.”

        The next year, Davis played yet another lead role in the comedy film, A League of Their Own. Written by Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, the movie told a fictionalized account of the All American Girls Professional Baseball Leagueーa real life woman’s baseball league. Boasting several big names in its cast list, the film not only starred Davis but also Tom Hanks, Anne Ramsay, Rosie O’Donnell Lori Petty and Madonna. Originally premiered on July 1, 1992, A League of Their Own revolved around two sisters who became members of the baseball league, only to find themselves going against each other in a growing rivalry. Selected to be preserved in the country’s National Film Registry, the movie was nothing short of being a huge success upon its release.

        In 1995, the actress starred in the romantic comedy film, Cutthroat Island. An international co-production amongst multiple companies around the world, the movie followed a female pirate named Morgan Adams (played by Davis) who with her friends, races against a rivaling group to locate a hidden island that is said to contain luxurious treasures. Despite having been a major production however, Cutthroat Island suffered from a series of chaotic downfalls including multiple recasts and rewrites. Ultimately a failure at the box office, the film only managed to pull in $10 million from a $98 million budget. Although things didn’t go as well as planned, Davis’ acting was praised in the movie, as was its soundtrack and action scenes.

        In the recent years, the actress has made a handful of appearances on television including Coma (2012), Doc McStuffins (2013) and Annedroids (2015). In 2014, she also guest starred in the popular medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, playing the role of Dr. Nicole Herman, the head of fetal surgery.

        What’s Geena Davis Doing Now in 2016- Recent Updates

        After portraying various small, recurring characters over the past few years, Davis landed a major role in the horror drama, The Exorcistー her first since Commander in Chief back in 2005. Debuted on the Fox Network on September 23, 2016, the series is adapted from a novel by William Blatty; it tells the story of a priest who makes a living by performing exorcisms on evil spirits. Filmed in Chicago, The Exorcist airs every Friday evening and is currently on its fourth episode. Met with generally favorable reviews, the series also stars actors Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Hannah Kasulka and Alan Ruck.

        But it looks like that’s not the only thing that she’s been involved with latelyーDavis has also been busy filming and working on an upcoming science fiction film titled, Marjorie Prime. Directed by Michael Almereyda, the project is based on a Pulitzer Prize nominated production of the same name. According to a preliminary synopsis, Marjorie Prime will revolve around a group of individuals who are able to use a technological advanced method of producing holographic projections of those who have already passed away; in particular, the projections will be used to allow a young woman to spend time with her deceased husband. Besides Davis, other actors in the movie include Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith and Stephanie Andujar.

        If you’re a fan looking to stay connected with the former fashion model, rest assuredーyou can easily do so by following Geena Davis on social media. You can find the actress on Twitter under her handle @GDIGM. You can also stay up to date with her news by following her on her official Facebook page!


      • Why you never hear from Geena Davis anymore

        Geena Davis was celebrated for her iconic feminist movies and Oscar-winning performance in the ’90s, but these days, she’s linked only to a disappointing TV comeback and a random attempt at making the Olympics. What’s kept Davis out of the spotlight for so long? Here’s a look at what happened and the exciting projects that may finally bring her back.

        Her TV comeback failed

        Davis staged a full-fledged comeback in 2005 when she landed the lead role on the ABC political drama Commander in Chief, playing America’s first female President. Although the show debuted to strong ratings and won Davis a slew of awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe, its success was relatively short-lived. Amid sagging ratings, ABC pulled the series after just one season.

        Speaking to Vulture in 2016, Davis admitted she was “devastated” by the show’s cancellation. “I still haven’t gotten over it. I really wanted it to work,” she said. “It was on Tuesday nights opposite House, which wasn’t ideal. But we were the best new show that fall. Then, in January, we were opposite American Idol. They said, ‘The ratings are going to suffer, so we should take you off the air for the entire run of Idol, and bring it back in May.'” she continued. “I put a lot of time and effort into getting it on another network, too, but it didn’t work.”

        Davis’ previous attempt at television, The Geena Davis Show, was also canceled by ABC after one season.

        Her career has stalled in the past

        Davis’ attempts to salvage her career on the small screen may have been prompted by a disastrous run at the box office during the mid-and-late ’90s. After a string of successful hits, including The Accidental Tourist (for which she won an Oscar in 1988), Thelma & Louise (1991) and A League of Their Own (1992), Davis’ success unexpectedly plummeted when she made two back-to-back movies with her then-husband, Renny Harlin. The first was the jaw-droppingly bad Cutthroat Island (1995), which bombed so hard at the box office, it remains one of Hollywood’s most unsuccessful movies. Then came another underwhelming action thriller, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), which recovered less than half its budget domestically, amid mixed-to-positive reviews.

        Whether a direct result or not, the one-two punch preceded a series of blows in Davis’ personal life. She divorced Harlin in 1998, then took an “unusually long” two years off to reflect on her career, according to The New York Times.

        She became more selective

        Although a 1998 profile published in The New York Times described Davis as willing to play almost any movie role, she told Vulture in 2016 that she actually got much more selective once she hit her 40s. “Film roles really did start to dry up when I got into my 40s. If you look at IMDB, up until that age, I made roughly one film a year. In my entire 40s, I made one movie, Stuart Little,” she said. “I was getting offers, but for nothing meaty or interesting like in my 30s. I’d been completely ruined and spoiled. I mean, I got to play a pirate captain [in Cutthroat Island]! I got to do every type of role, even if the movie failed.” Well, at least somebody liked Cutthroat Island.

        Did parenthood get in the way?

        After what the The New York Times described as a “difficult divorce” from Harlin, Davis’ personal life bounced back in a really positive way. In 2001, she married neurosurgeon Reza Jarrahy. Less than three years later, by age 48, she had given birth to three children, including twin boys. For most actors in Hollywood, having three kids that quickly would be enough to take some much-deserved time off. However, in her interview with Vulture, Davis insisted the two things were never related. “One thing I always want to clear up was the notion that I ‘took time off to have a baby.'” she said. “A lot people leapt to that conclusion because becoming a parent happened to coincide with film roles tapering off. When I made Commander in Chief, I had three children under 3 years old. If I was really going to take time off from working, I think it would have been then.”

        She took up archery

        Davis shocked everyone in 1999 when it was revealed that she was competing for a spot on the U.S. archery team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Davis—who took up the sport about two years prior—did not make the team, but she finished in 24th place in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials. “I was ill prepared for this onslaught,” she told the The New York Times after the competition concluded. ”It was like being at a premiere, which I’m used to. I mean, that doesn’t make me nervous anymore. But to do a sport with this kind of attention was kind of unsettling. And also, one wants to do well at the Olympic Trials, so there was a level of stress.”

        Despite not making the team, Davis still considers her training to be a positive experience. “It was the most out-of-body experience I’ve ever had,” she said during a Television Critics Association panel discussion in 2016 (via Entertainment Tonight). “It was fabulous. I will never forget about it.”

        She started her own institute

        You may see less of Davis on the big screen these days, but that doesn’t mean she’s less involved in the movie industry. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. In 2004, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which its website says is a “researched-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.”

        According to the Observer, Davis created the institute after noticing the lack of female roles in children’s TV shows and movies she watched with her daughter. The organization has been a huge success thus far, launching numerous studies and even its own film festival. “The whole point of having the research is so, because I’m in the industry, I can go directly to the premieres of children’s media and share the research in a colloquial and private way, and its reception has been remarkable,” Davis told the Observer. “I had no idea from the very first meeting what their reactions would be. Their jaws were on the floor; they absolutely cannot believe how many female characters they are leaving out. The worlds they are creating are nearly bereft of a female presence.”

        She’s in the midst of a comeback

        For Davis and television, the third time is proving to be the charm. In the fall of 2016, the actress starred in a TV reboot of the classic horror movie The Exorcist on Fox. On the show, Davis plays Angela Rance, a similar role to the one Ellen Burstyn played in the film. “This is such a cool take on [the original movie], because it acknowledges that that actually happened,” she told Comic-Con (via Entertainment Weekly). “So this is now, 40 years later, 40-plus years later, and, uh-oh, something starts happening again …”

        Despite pretty dismal ratings, Fox wound up renewing the show for a second season, reportedly because executives are big fans of the show.

        If that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, she’s also got two movies in the pipeline, including Marjorie Prime, in which she co-stars alongside Jon Hamm and Tim Robbins. Will the combined effect of these projects lead to the Geena Davis revival fans have been craving for years? Whatever happens, we’re just happy to have her back in action.


        • 15 Movies That Completely Ruined Actors Reputations


          This list is filled with movies that killed actors’ careers, but not have done it so swiftly and devastatingly as box office bomb Cutthroat Island did to Geena Davis. Once known as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Davis became a household name in the late ’80s and early ’90s thanks to a string of hits, such as The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, and A League of Their Own. What happened to make this spectacular actress completely disappear from Hollywood? Cutthroat Island happened.

          With one of most disastrous box office receptions in cinema history, Cutthroat Island bankrupted the studio Carolco Pictures and did a serious number on Davis’ reputation. While not as bad as some make it out to be, the swashbuckling adventure suffers from a messy plot and overstuffed action scenes, which was enough to take down the studio that made it, as well as Geena Davis’ career.

          Though she still pops up in the occasional movie, today, Davis focuses most of her time on her family and charity work, which is a much better use of her time than starring in over-budgeted studio tent-poles.


  20. She definitely had face work done after The Accidental Tourist and before Quick Change. Didn’t notice until someone pointed this out on another forum.


    • 15 Famous Actors Who REALLY Aren’t Aging Well


      “Be afraid, be very afraid,” Geena Davis warned during her memorable turn alongside Jeff Goldblum in David Cronenberg’s The Fly. No one should be afraid of Davis just yet, but her current appearance should be some cause for concern. A Hollywood heroine also known for movies like Thelma & Louise, while her co-star Susan Sarandon has continued to age like a fine wine, Davis resembles something akin to a bottle of Merlot that’s been given a heavy dose of anti-freeze.

      Questions continue to be raised over how Davis remains wrinkle free despite her advancing years, with many suggesting Botox might be involved. But there’s something else going on too – Davis looks almost like a completely different person to the one that film fans fell in love with back in the 1980s. Alright, it’s not a transformation on the scale of Brundlefly, but it’s odd.


  21. Wow @ the screenshot from Secret Weapons. Linda Hamilton is younger than Davis, but looks much older than her even in 1985.

    I wish Linda had played Geena’s role in The Long Kiss Goodnight. The problem with Davis’ casting was her quirky speech patterns that occasionally slipped up, like a Midwestern accent which is strange because she’s from the east coast. The Fly is the only movie where she kept it under control completely.

    Thelma & Louise is her best film. It has all of the creatively fulfilling aspects an actress could want in a role. Tailor made for her and Sarandon.


  22. I lost some respect for Melanie Griffith after watching that Oscars video. She and Don ruined Geena’s big moment.


  23. Here’s Why Geena Davis Doesn’t Want ‘Thelma & Louise’ Reboot (Watch)


    • Geena Davis: ‘Thelma & Louise changed everything for me’

      It was the moment she realized how few inspiring women there are on screen. Now the actor is on a mission to fix that


      • Robert Downey Jr. ‘missed out on Brad Pitt’s Thelma And Louise role as he could not measure up to Geena Davis’

        He is one of the biggest stars in show business.

        But it has emerged Robert Downey Jr’s lack of stature led to him missing out on Brad Pitt’s iconic role in Thelma And Louise.

        The pint-sized actor, who claims to be five foot nine inches tall, is said to have been summarily rejected by the film’s director Sir Ridley Scott due to the fact he could not measure up to the film’s statuesque lead actress Geena Davis.

        According to Vanity Fair the production was thrown into crisis when acting powerhouse William Baldwin quit the role of beefcake drifter JD at the last minute after landing another part.

        As if that was not bad enough, the original backup could not get released from a television contract, meaning he had to pass up the chance to appear in what would be one of the most iconic films in the 1990s.

        According to the film’s assistant casting director Ira Belgrade a host of big names failed to land the role, the the 25-year-old future Iron Man star was in the running before falling at the final hurdle.

        Making his play, Ira was told: ‘CAA says Robert Downey Jr. will take it for whatever we have in the budget.’

        Unfortunately for the now 52-year-old Weird Science star, even his famous charm was not enough to overcome his lack of stature.

        Playing up his influence, Ira told the author of new book Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge he pointed out the actor was too short to measure up to six foot tall Geena. The director agreed.

        Crucially, Brad is two inches bigger than Robert, which piqued Sir Ridley’s interest. He was called in for a screen test where he is said to have quite the affect on his future leading lady, who struggled to say her lines correctly around the buff beefcake.

        Among the others who missed out was George Clooney, who unsurprisingly failed to make the grade due to his wooden acting, and Dermot Mulroney.

        But that was not the only exciting tidbit revealed in the book, for it also says Sir Ridley liked to spray Brad’s abs with mineral water to make them shine on camera.


  24. What Really Happened to Geena Davis?


  25. The 90s were a brilliant decade to be a young woman

    In the cinema, our star was Geena Davis – Thelma & Louise, The Long Kiss Goodnight, the groundbreaking Cutthroat Island and A League Of Their Own. Now, her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media campaigns to change the way Hollywood makes films to better represent women and girls.


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