A Geena Davis filmography -- The actress found stardom in movies like ''Transylvania 6-5000'' and ''Beetlejuice''

A Geena Davis filmography

In her 10-year career Geena Davis has played opposite Dustin Hoffman in drag, Bill Murray in a clown suit, Jeff Goldblum as both a giant housefly and a furry alien, and Michael Keaton in a fright wig. When she dabbles in mere realism, she gets Oscar nominations. Here’s a checklist for the video store.

Tootsie (1982)
One of this neoclassic farce’s funniest moments comes when Hoffman meets dressing-room mate Davis: He’s in a dress; she’s in her skivvies. Already her blasé smarts are apparent; she turns a lewd joke into a sexy one. A+

Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
After a couple of failed TV series (Buffalo Bill and Sara), Davis stumbled back into features with this monster mush (left). At least she got a trip to Yugoslavia and a husband — Goldblum — out of it. D

Fletch (1985)
This vehicle’s strictly a Chevy, and Davis is stuck in the backseat. She sashays around in her underwear again as Chase’s reporter pal, but you’ll hardly notice her for the star’s smarmy mugging. C-

The Fly (1986)
Not exactly fun, but it still stands as director David Cronenberg’s finest yet, a terrifying fusion of mourning and mutation. And amid all the goop is Davis’ first major-league performance — as a woman who stands by her Musca domestica. A

Beetlejuice (1988)
Keaton got the gags and director Tim Burton got the critical raves, but Davis and Alec Baldwin are the anchors to reality as hapless, sweet-natured newlydeads. B

The Accidental Tourist (1988)
An out-of-left-field Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Muriel Pritchett, the dog trainer who breathes life into William Hurt’s muted existence. B+

Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
Julien Temple’s Day-Glo post-MTV bubble-gum delight casts Davis as a forlornVal-Gal whose love life lifts off when aliens Goldblum, Damon Wayans, and Jim Carrey crash in her swimming pool. B

Quick Change (1990)
Starting out buried under a blond wig, she stays with Murray every step of the way through this pleasant bank-heist comedy — even when the plot amiably self-destructs. C+

Thelma & Louise (1991)
The performance that should have won Davis a Best Actress Oscar (she was nominated, as was costar Susan Sarandon). As Thelma, she uses every acting muscle to travel the distance from naive mouseburger to wide-awake road warrior. A funny, heartbreaking performance. A-

Thelma & Louise
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