Kristin Davis

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Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis, 2011.jpg
Davis pictured in Dadaab, Kenya on 8 July 2011
Born(1965-02-24) February 24, 1965 (age 49)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Alma materRutgers University
OccupationActress
Years active1987–present
ChildrenGemma Davis
 
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Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis, 2011.jpg
Davis pictured in Dadaab, Kenya on 8 July 2011
Born(1965-02-24) February 24, 1965 (age 49)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Alma materRutgers University
OccupationActress
Years active1987–present
ChildrenGemma Davis

Kristin Landen Davis (also listed as Kristin Lee Davis; born February 24, 1965[1]) is an American actress. She first rose to prominence and achieved fame for playing the role of Brooke Armstrong on Melrose Place and went on to achieve greater success as Charlotte York Goldenblatt on HBO's Sex and the City.

Early life and education[edit]

Davis was born in Boulder, Colorado.[2] She is an only child, and her parents divorced when she was a baby.[2] She was adopted by her stepfather, then-University of Colorado Boulder professor Keith Davis,[3] after he married her mother, Dorothy, a university data analyst, in 1968.[4] She has three sisters from her adoptive father's first marriage.[5] Early in her childhood, she and her parents moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where her father served as provost and teaches psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Davis wanted to be an actress from the age of 9, when she was cast in the Workshop Theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Davis lived in South Carolina until she graduated from A.C. Flora High School in 1983.[2] She then moved to New Jersey, where she attended Rutgers University. Davis graduated with a BFA degree in Acting from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1987.[5]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

After graduation in 1987, Davis moved to New York and waited tables before opening a yoga studio with a friend. In 1991, she acted in a couple of episodes of the daytime drama (soap opera) General Hospital. Her big break came in 1995 when she landed the role of villainess Brooke Armstrong Campbell on the nighttime drama Melrose Place. She left the show after one year when producers decided to kill off the character. Davis also had roles in other television series including Friends, Will and Grace and Seinfeld.

Davis at the HBO party after the 1999 Emmy Awards.

In 1998, Davis was cast as Charlotte York in Sex and the City and remained an integral cast member until the series ended in 2004. In 1999, along with the rest of the cast, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.[6] She received an Emmy nomination for her role as Charlotte in the final season.[7]

Davis hosted the VH1 show 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons. In 2005, she starred in a television pilot entitled Soccer Moms in which she and Gina Torres star as suburban mothers who moonlight as private detectives. She starred as Miss Spider in the animated television special Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids and its spin-off series Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and was recently a guest judge on the Lifetime (TV network) program Project Runway.

Films[edit]

Davis's films include The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D, opposite David Arquette and George Lopez; the Walt Disney film The Shaggy Dog, opposite Tim Allen, and Deck the Halls, opposite Matthew Broderick. She performed in ABC Family channel's Christmas movie Three Days in 2001, and in a commercial for Head & Shoulders shampoo.

Davis appeared in 2008's Sex and the City feature film, under the direction of executive producer Michael Patrick King.[8] In 2009, Davis co-starred in Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort. Jon Favreau, who also wrote the script, played her husband.[9]

Stage[edit]

Davis is scheduled to make her West End debut[10] playing Beth Gallagher in Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, from March 2014.[11]

Additional ventures[edit]

Shortly after the wide release of the Sex and the City feature film, in June 2008, Belk, the nation's largest privately owned department store chain, announced a partnership with Davis. The arrangement includes a ladies' apparel and accessories line that debuted in 2008 in 125 store locations and online, with eventual plans for expanding availability to other store locations. In Belk's press release about the product line launch, Davis cited her upbringing in South Carolina as part of her inspiration for working with the chain.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Oxfam Ambassador Davis visits Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

In 2011, Davis adopted a daughter, Gemma Rose.[13] They reside in Los Angeles, California.

Davis is a recovering alcoholic.[14] She says she was introduced to alcohol early as part of her Southern upbringing: "Alcohol freed me. I was really shy and I didn't know how to come out of my shell. I drank for the same reason I loved acting. I wanted to feel things and express myself and be free. And I'm not naturally that way."[15] She went sober at the age of 22, later stating, "I miss it. You don't go to rehab and then suddenly it goes away."[16]

During her 2009 visit to Africa, Davis, a lifelong lover of elephants, discovered an abandoned baby elephant and arranged for it to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center. In recognition of the attention she has brought to the plight of orphaned African elephants, Davis won the Humane Society's 2010 Wyler Award, which is bestowed on a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Doom AsylumJane
1991N.Y.P.D. MountedYoung LadyTelevision film
1995Nine MonthsTennis Attendant
1995Alien Nation: Body and SoulKarina Tivoli
1996Ultimate Lie, TheThe Ultimate LieClaire McGrathTelevision film
1997Deadly Vision, AA Deadly VisionBabette WatsonTelevision film
1998Traveling CompanionAnnie
1998Sour GrapesRiggs
1999Atomic TrainMegan Seger
2000Take Me Home: The John Denver StoryAnnie DenverTelevision film
2000BlacktopSylviaTelevision film
2001Someone to LoveLorraineTelevision film
2001Three DaysBeth FarmerTelevision film
2004Winning Season, TheThe Winning SeasonMandyTelevision film
2005Soccer MomsBrookeTelevision pilot
2005Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-DMax's MomMinor
2006Shaggy Dog, TheThe Shaggy DogRebecca Douglas
2006Deck the HallsKelly FinchMain role
2008Sex and the City: The MovieCharlotte York Goldenblatt
2009Couples RetreatLucy Tippaglio
2010Sex and the City 2Charlotte York GoldenblattShoWest Ensemble Award
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Nominated–People's Choice Awards For Favorite Cast
2012Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandElizibeth Anderson
2012Of Two MindsBillie ClarkTelevision film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991General HospitalBetsy Chilson, R.N.
1992Mann & MachineCathyEpisode: "Billion Dollar Baby"
1993Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowBriEpisode: "The Breakdown: Part II"
1994Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanCarey McGeeEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
1995ERLeslieEpisode: "Luck of the Draw"
1995–96Melrose PlaceBrooke Armstrong32 episodes
1997Single Guy, TheThe Single GuyLeslieEpisode: "Johnny Hollywood"
1997SeinfeldJennaEpisodes: "The Pothole" / "The Butter Shave"
1998–2004Sex and the CityCharlotte YorkWomen in Film Lucy Award (shared with cast)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2001)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2003)
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2004)
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003)
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2004)
2000FriendsErinEpisode: "The One with Ross' Library Book"
2000Sex and the MatrixCharlotte York MacDougalshort parody
2004Will & GraceNadineEpisode: "Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine"
2004–08Miss Spider's Sunny Patch FriendsMiss SpiderVoice role
2013Bad TeacherGinnyMain role

References[edit]

  1. ^ The World Almanac & Book of Facts. World Almanac Books. 2007. p. 218. "2/24/65." 
  2. ^ a b c "Kristin Davis Biography". The Biography Channel. A+E Networks. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Doug Nye (September 19, 2000). "Kristin Davis, 'sex' symbol". The State (Columbia, South Carolina).[1]
  4. ^ "Kristin Davis Biography (1965-)". Film Reference. Advameg, Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Ellen, Barbara (February 10, 2002). "Charlotte's web". The Observer. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  6. ^ "Past Recipients". Wif.org. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Kristin Davis". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  8. ^ ""Sex and the City" movie close to green light". ABC7Chicago. November 14, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  9. ^ Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat" TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  10. ^ "Kristin Davis will make her West End debut alongside Mark Bazeley in Trevor Nunn’s forthcoming production of Fatal Attraction". officiallondontheatre.co.uk. Official London Theatre. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kristin Davis’s fatal attraction to West End". standard.co.uk. London Evening Standard. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ Julie Jordan (October 7, 2011). "Kristin Davis Adopts a Baby Girl". People. 
  14. ^ "'Sex and the City' Star Kristin Davis: I'm a Recovering Alcoholic". Fox News. May 22, 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Sharon Churcher (May 11, 2008). "Sex and the shower scene... or how Kristin Davis refused to bare all in Sex And The City movie". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  16. ^ Lynsey Haywood (May 28, 2008). "Kristin Davis' 'dead at 30' fears". The Sun. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  17. ^ "The Wyler Award". 

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