"If it isn't a success, that still wouldn't be grounds for divorce."
Geena Davis, commenting on her film The Long Kiss Goodnight, produced by now ex-husband Renny Harlin.
AFTER graduating from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, Geena Davis signed with the Zoli modelling agency in New York, with an agenda to expand her repertoire to include acting. She made the obligatory turn as a waitress, then landed a memorable role as a soap-opera actress dressed only in her skivvies, in Tootsie. This auspicious start led to quirkier, more substantial television assignments, most notably on Family Ties and on the cult hit Buffalo Bill. Davis's stunning good looks and Mensa-level I.Q. made her a rare commodity in Hollywood: her unique ability to portray both goofy awkwardness and high-octane sexiness led to castings in a wide variety of roles.
Davis's success in television was short-lived. At six feet tall, Davis is larger than life in life, and seemed custom-made for the more expansive panorama of a movie screen. She landed a small role in the Chevy Chase vehicle Fletch, but it was her dramatic turn in David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly that set her on the road to stardom. The film provided her with the opportunity to cut her acting teeth, and it led to a short marriage to the fly himself, Jeff Goldblum.
With 1988's Beetlejuice, Davis proved that she could dart effortlessly between drama and comedy. That same year, she grabbed the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as a dog trainer in The Accidental Tourist, a part for which she had lobbied strenuously. Just like that, Davis had landed on the Hollywood A-list. But Davis wasn't content to settle for the comfortable love-interest niche the film industry reserves for its top female stars. She earned acclaim for her Thelma in the controversial female-liberation flick Thelma and Louise, an assignment that made Davis the envy of women everywhere when her character bedded a startlingly sexy (and unknown at the time) actor named Brad Pitt. Leads in Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own and Angie followed.
Davis's1993 marriage to action-blockbuster director Renny Harlin (Die Hard II, Cliffhanger) marked the beginning of a romantic-professional collaboration many thought was destined to end after their Cutthroat Island tanked at the box office in 1995. Davis reinvented herself as a female action star for Harlin's 1996 offering, The Long Kiss Goodnight, which garnered markedly better press and box-office receipts. Even action maestro Sylvester Stallone was impressed, commenting that Davis "pulled it off with a royal flush." Davis and Harlin split amicably in 1997, expressing intentions to remain friends and business partners. And what will Davis's next incarnation be?
Executive producer, of course. The actress has several movie and television projects in development, including The Politician's Wife, The Decision, Mistrial, and Bigmalion. (ABC NEWS) Davis who had divorced from Harlin last year is trying to re-direct her career. Hollywood sources announced that Davis is giving up trying to be an action star (latest role was "The Long Kiss Goodnight") and she is trying to concentrate on some low-budget projects. The Oscar-winner actress signed to star in Columbia Pictures movie "Stuart Little" ). The movie will be adapted from E. B. White's classic book which is about a little mouse that was trapped by a family and will be directed by "The Lion King"s succesful director Rob Minkoff. And a final note for the queen's fans who worry about her for contracting some disease from the mouse: A computer will bear that little hero.
The team has settled to start filming the movie by the end of July and release in Christmas of 1999. (July 17th 1998) Richard Gere and Julia Roberts reunite for "Runaway Bride" after their 1990 hit Pretty Woman . Julia Roberts will star as a woman who has left a string of fiance at the altar. Paramount Pictures make a huge list of performers to play at the movie at one time. Geena Davis, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Leoni, John Travolta and Harrison Ford are some of the bombs who took in the list. (June 26th 1998) Geena Davis will shine on "Emperor's New Clothes". In the celebrity-studded remake of Hans Christian Andersen story, stars including Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, John Lithgow, Liam Neeson, Geena Davis and Jason Alexander will take place. CD & book set of "Emperor's New Clothes : An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale" scheduled for release in October 22nd.
The collection which is going to be illustrated by acclaimed Maurice Sendak and Berkeley Breathed, is written and read by each star in one-page chapters. The book and CD is supported by Steven Spielberg's Starbright Foundation which helps seriously ill children. (May 29th 1998) According to Las Vegas Sun columnist Muriel Stevens , Geena Davis was in Desert Inn Hotel to watch Halston's Fall Collection. (May 26th 1998) Geena Davis picked her award from Boston University on "Geena Davis Day" and she hosted the film festival. Davis grew up in Wareham, Massachusetts. (April 17th 1998)
Source: ABC News
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