There are loves that kill and loves that destroy careers. Perhaps it is unfair to blame director Renny Harlin for squandering Geena Davis’s career (Massachusetts, 1956) in record time, but the truth is that the one who was one of the great stars of the Hollywood star system in the 80s, began to choose ( very) bad her projects after getting married in 1993 with the Finnish director. Together they filmed one of the biggest box office flops of the 90s, ‘The Island of Severed Heads’ (1995), a turning point in the career of a Davis who by then had the entire North American continent in love.
The actress debuted in 1982 with a small role in ‘Tootsie’, by Sidney Pollack. A somewhat late release that was preceded by a brilliant academic career (apparently, he has an IQ well above average ) and a period living in Sweden. Victoria’s Secret model thanks her spectacular measurements, it was not until the late 80s when her real boom in the cinema arrived.
HIS BEST YEARS
In 1986 he shot under the command of David Cronenberg ‘La Mosca’, where he coincided with Jeff Goldblum, whom he would marry a year later.
It was her second marriage (in 1982 she had been married for a few months to Richard Emmolo ). A year later, she would work under Tim Burton in ‘Bitelchús’ and the streak would culminate with ‘The Accidental Tourist’ (Lawrence Kasdan, 1988), with which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Already divorced from Goldblum, in 1990 she starred in what is perhaps her most remembered film: ‘Thelma and Louise’, by Ridley Scott. Her high-flying duo with Susan Sarandon earned her her second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress, although the award went to Jodie Foster for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Geena may not have understood that ‘Thelma and Louise’ was much more than a film made by and for women, as she decided to direct her career towards romantic comedy. Big mistake, because his following projects ( ‘They give the blow’, ‘Hero by accident’, ‘Angie’ ), presaged an artistic collapse that would coincide in time with his aforementioned third marriage with Renny Harlin.
The cursed ‘The Island of Severed Heads’ (a film that over time has been claimed by some nostalgic for analog adventure cinema) and the thriller ‘Lethal Memory’ (another box office failure), devalued their cache in Hollywood and Davis decided to retire from the cinema for a time. In 1998 he also ended his marriage to Harlin.
It was then that he tried his luck in the world of sports. In 1997 she started archery, and in 1999 she became one of the 300 semifinalists who competed to be part of the American Olympic team in Sydney 2000. Little joke, because Geena was the 24th of 300 shooters, and she stayed off the Olympic list for very little.
So far this century, Davis has combined his very sporadic film roles (perhaps the highlight being his participation in the ‘Stuart Little’ trilogy) with his much more well-known television roles. After failing in 2000 with the sit-com ‘Geena Davis’s time’, she made a big claim in 2005 with ‘Madam President’, with which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Despite this, the series could not hold the type on the air and ended up being canceled.
Since 2001 she has been married to her plastic surgeon, the Iranian Reza Jarrahy, with whom she has had three children, to whom she has devoted most of her time. What he has left he uses to lead solidarity actions, although he has not stopped having small roles in the cinema.
THE DEFINITIVE RETURN?
Davis is back. At least he hasn’t stopped doing things. We were able to see her in ‘ Grey’s Anatomy ‘ where she played the role of Dr. Nicole Herman from 2014 to 2018.
Although he has continued to opt for series (‘GLOW’ O ‘THE EXORCIST’), he has continued to appear in feature lengths: such is the case of ‘Me Him Her’ by Max Landis, where he shared the limelight with another recovered actor: Haley Joel Osment.
His last great recognition was receiving the Honorary Oscar last year, along with Wes Studi, Lina Wertmüller and David Lynch. Among her upcoming appearances on the big screen is ‘Ava’ by Tate Taylor, alongside Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell, or ‘Cowgirl’s last ride’ by Leena Yadav.
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