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Virginia Elizabeth Davis was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, but moviegoers know her as Geena Davis. As a child, she dreamed of being an actress so after high school graduation, Davis entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston University, where she majored in drama.
She graduated in 1979 and moved to New York to begin her career. She worked at Ann Taylor, where she eventually rose to Saturday window mannequin while trying to get a job with a modeling agency. She was eventually signed by the Zoli Agency and wound up as a model in the Victoria Secret's catalog. The late director/producer Sydney Pollack was browsing the catalog looking for new talent, spotted Davis and immediately cast her in the 1982 comedy Tootsie. Receiving good reviews, Davis moved to Los Angeles where she was cast as Wendy in the short-lived but critically acclaimed 1983 comedy television series Buffalo Bill.
Moving to the big screen, Davis starred in the hit 1985 Chevy Chase crime comedy Fletch. Davis was on fire starring with her second husband, Jeff Goldblum, in the 1985 remake of the horror film The Fly and more success followed such as with director Tim Burton’s dark comedy 1988’s Beetlejuice. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1988 romantic drama The Accidental Tourist and Davis’ role in the 1992 successful sports dramedy A League of Their Own made her a household name.
Davis has also branched out her acting range starring as the 1996 actioner The Long Kiss Goodnight opposite Samuel L. Jackson and starring in the 1999 animated family film Stuart Little and its 2002 sequel Stuart Little 2. In honor of her 58th birthday, here is a Top 10 list of Geena Davis movies.