What the Hell Happened to Geena Davis?
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?
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 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 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.
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 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.
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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