Wareham’s Geena Davis Is the SouthCoast’s Original Movie Star

The South Coast has been packed in recent weeks with the cast of best class filming in Fairhaven and New Bedford, with sightings of Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Foster and some of the other stars reported almost daily.

This comes after Paul Giamatti came to Fairhaven a short time ago to film the remnantsand many other productions that have hit the South Coast in recent years, such as jungleland Y don’t look up. There is no doubt that the region is becoming a destination for filming in Massachusetts.

Lost in all the talk of Hollywood coming to the South Coast is the person the South Coast sent to Hollywood: Wareham’s own Oscar winner, Geena Davis.

Davis hasn’t been too active in recent years; he starred in the first season of the television series The Exorcist in 2016, playing (spoiler alert, though it was six years ago) an adult Regan MacNeil, and had a run in both Grey’s Anatomy Y BRIGHTNESS.

However, there was a time from the mid-’80s to the mid-’90s when Davis was very prolific, making movies like The fly, beetle juice, your own league, ruthless island Y The long kiss goodnight. She won an Oscar for the accidental tourist and was nominated again for Thelma and Louise.

Davis was born Virginia Davis in Wareham on January 21, 1956 to parents Lucille and Bill. The older Davises remained in Wareham even after their daughter became a huge star, and she frequently returned to town to visit her, popping into Mill Pond Diner for tea and a toast, where she could mingle among the common people. that he had known all his life. .

Davis was, by all accounts, a shy and awkward boy growing up, reaching six feet tall while still in high school. She played the piano, the organ and the flute, but she dreamed of being an actress. After a brief career as a model, her stardom in Hollywood began in 1982 after she was cast in the Dustin Hoffman movie. tootsie.

As her career took off, Davis became as known for her love life (she has been married and divorced three times, including to actor Jeff Goldblum and director Renny Harlin) as she did for her acting.

These days, she focuses quite a bit on issues like women’s sports and also founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to help fight for equality for all genders in Hollywood, ensuring that one day another tall, shy girl from a Small town like Wareham will have a chance to make it big and be treated with respect.

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