Geena Davis Biography: Children, Age, Net Worth, Movies, TV Shows, Wikipedia, Height, Awards

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Virginia Elizabeth Davis, widely known as Geena Davis, is a multi-talented American with a successful acting, activism, fashion modelling, and producing career.

Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her exceptional talent and dedication, earning prestigious awards such as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Her contributions to the entertainment industry have made her a respected figure and a role model for aspiring artists everywhere.


  • Full name: Virginia Elizabeth “Geena” Davis
  • Stage name: Geena Davis
  • Born: January 21, 1956
  • Age: 68 years old,
  • Birthplace:  Wareham, Massachusetts, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Actor and Activist
  • Height: 1.83m
  • Parents: Lucille Davis, William Davis
  • Siblings: Dan Davis
  • Spouse: Richard Emmolo (m. 1981–1984), Jeff Goldblum (m. 1987–1991), Renny Harlin (m. 1993–1998), and Reza Jarrahy (m. 2001–2021).
  • Children: Alizeh Keshvar Davis Jarrahy, Kaiis Steven Jarrahy, Kian William Jarrahy
  • Relationship: Single
  • Net worth: $30 million

Early Life

Geena Davis, born on January 21, 1956, in Wareham, Massachusetts, came from a family with deep roots in small-town Vermont.

Her mother, Lucille, was a teacher’s assistant, and her father, William, was a civil engineer and church deacon.

She grew up alongside her older brother Danforth (“Dan”), forming strong family bonds that would shape her perspective on life and career choices.

Such a close-knit family environment undoubtedly influenced Davis’s values and work ethic as she pursued her dreams in the entertainment industry.

From a young age, she developed a passion for music, leading her to learn multiple instruments, such as the piano and flute.

By the time she was a teenager, she had mastered the organ well enough to become the organist at her local congregational church in Wareham.

In addition to her musical talents, she was actively involved in sports and school spirit. She served as a cheerleader throughout high school and eventually became the cheer captain during her senior year.


After attending Wareham High School and spending time as an exchange student in Sweden, where she became fluent in Swedish, she set her sights on studying acting at Boston University.

However, due to missing the required audition during her time in Sweden, she started her college education at New England College before eventually transferring to Boston University.

Unfortunately, she didn’t earn enough credits to graduate, receiving an incomplete in at least one class and an F in a movement class.

Following her time in university, she began her career as a model for window mannequins at Ann Taylor and later signed with New York’s Zoli modelling agency.


Geena Davis has had a versatile and successful career that spans various industries, such as acting, activism, and fashion modelling.

Beginning with small roles in television shows and movies in the 1980s, she eventually landed her big break with the fantasy comedy “Beetlejuice” in 1988.

Her talent was recognized when she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Accidental Tourist” in 1988, followed by a nomination for Best Actress for her performance in “Thelma & Louise” in 1991.

These films and “A League of Their Own” in 1992 solidified her reputation as a formidable leading lady in Hollywood.

Following some lacklustre box office performances during the mid-1990s, she successfully transitioned to television with projects such as “Commander in Chief” (2005-2006), for which she received critical acclaim and even won a Golden Globe Award.

Since then, she has continued to showcase her acting skills in films and television shows, with notable recurring roles in popular series like Grey’s Anatomy (2014–2015, 2018) and The Exorcist (2017). Her versatility and talent have solidified her as a respected figure in the entertainment industry. 

Passionate about advocating for gender equality in media, Davis founded the Institute on Gender in Media at USC Annenberg, a research institute dedicated to analyzing the portrayal of women and girls in media content.

Before her work in the field of gender representation, Davis briefly pursued a career as a fashion model before transitioning into acting.

In addition to her work as an advocate and researcher, Davis has also worked behind the scenes as a producer for various films and television shows, including serving as a producer for the children’s series “Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove” from 2019 to 2023.

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards:

  • Winner: Best Supporting Actress (1989) – “The Accidental Tourist”
  • Nominee: Best Actress (1992) – “Thelma & Louise”
  • Winner: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (2020) – For her work promoting gender equality in media

Golden Globe Awards:

  • Winner: Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (2006) – “Commander in Chief”
  • Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (1995) – “Speechless”
  • Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (1993) – “A League of Their Own”
  • Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (1992) – “Thelma & Louise”

Other Awards:

  • Primetime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2006) – “Commander in Chief”
  • Numerous recognitions for her work with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, including the Television Academy’s Governor’s Award (2022) 

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @geenadavisorg
  • Facebook handle: Geena Davis Institue
  • Twitter handle: @geenadavisorg

Personal Life

Geena Davis has a colourful romantic history. She has been married four times. Her first marriage was to Richard Emmolo from 1981 to 1984, followed by a marriage to actor Jeff Goldblum from 1987 to 1991.

Despite their divorce, she and Goldblum remained close friends. She then married director Renny Harlin from 1993 to 1998 before marrying Reza Jarrahy in 2001.

They were together for twenty years and had three children, although there was some controversy surrounding the legal status of their marriage.

Currently single, Geena Davis is a mother of three from her four marriages.



  • Early Career (1982-1987):
  • Tootsie (1982)
  • Fletch (1985)
  • Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
  • The Fly (1986) earned her wider recognition.
  • Breakthrough (1988-1992):
  • Beetlejuice (1988) brought her to stardom.
  • The Accidental Tourist (1988) – the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Thelma & Louise (1991) – Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress
  • A League of Their Own (1992) – Nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
  • Later Films (1993-Present):
  • Cutthroat Island (1995)
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  • Stuart Little franchise (1999–2005)
  • Accidents Happen (2009)
  • Marjorie Prime (2017)
  • Fairyland (2023)


  • Buffalo Bill (1983-1984)
  • Family Ties (1984, 1986)
  • Sara (1985)
  • Commander in Chief (2005-2006) – Won Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
  • Grey’s Anatomy (2014-2015, 2018)
  • The Exorcist (2017)
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2019) (voice)
  • Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove (2019-2023) (Executive Producer)

Net Worth

Geena Davis, a talented American actress, writer, producer, and model, has succeeded greatly in the entertainment industry.

With a net worth of $30 million, she has showcased her acting skills and ventured into various aspects of film production.

Her versatility and dedication have solidified her status as a prominent figure in Hollywood.

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