Kristin Davis

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Kristin Davis
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Kristin Davis in 2018
Born (1965-02-23) February 23, 1965 (age 55)
Alma materRutgers University, New Brunswick (BFA)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active1987–present
Children2

Kristin Landen Davis (also listed as Kristin Lee Davis; born February 23, 1965)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for playing Charlotte York Goldenblatt in the HBO romantic comedy series Sex and the City (1998–2004). She received nominations at the Emmys and the Golden Globes in 2004 for her role as Charlotte, and reprised the role in the films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010).

Davis’ big break came in 1995 playing villainous Brooke Armstrong in the Fox prime time soap opera Melrose Place (1995–1996). Her film credits including The Shaggy Dog (2006), Deck the Halls (2006), Couples Retreat (2009), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and Holiday in the Wild (2019). Davis made her Broadway debut playing Mabel Cantwell in the 2012 revival of The Best Man, and her West End debut playing Beth Gallagher in the original 2014 stage production of Fatal Attraction. She has accomplished a great deal of philanthropic work and has worked with Oxfam and UNHCR throughout the years.

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 stepsisters from her 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 taught 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]

Davis and Kim Cattrall at the HBO party after the 1999 Emmy Awards

Television[edit]

After graduation in 1983, 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. She later guest-starred on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and ER, and acted on made-for-television movies. Her big break came in 1995 when she landed the role of villainess Brooke Armstrong Campbell on the Fox nighttime soap opera Melrose Place. She left the show after one year when producers decided to kill off the character. The following year, Davis guest-starred in two episodes of Seinfeld.

In 1998, Davis was cast as Charlotte York in the HBO romantic comedy series 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 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series her role as Charlotte in the final season, and well as Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film nomination.[7] During her time in show, Davis guest-starred on Friends in episode "The One with Ross's Library Book", and Will & Grace episode "Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine". She played leading roles in the 1999 miniseries Atomic Train alongside Rob Lowe, and television movies including Blacktop (2000), Three Days (2001) and The Winning Season (2004).

Davis at 2008 Berlin premiere of Sex and the City feature film

Davis hosted the VH1 show 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons in 2003. 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 series Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and was a guest judge on the Lifetime program Project Runway.

In 2012, Davis starred and produced in the Lifetime television film Of Two Minds[8] In 2014, she returned to series television with starring role in the short-lived CBS sitcom Bad Teacher.[9] In 2016, she starred in Hallmark Channel film A Heavenly Christmas.[10] In 2020, she hosted Fox reality series Labor of Love.[11]

Films[edit]

Davis made her movie debut in the 1987 comedy slasher film Doom Asylum. In 1990s, she had secondary roles in films Nine Months (1995) and Sour Grapes (1998). Her later films include The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D (2005), opposite David Arquette and George Lopez; the 2006 version of The Shaggy Dog, opposite Tim Allen, and Deck the Halls, opposite Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito.

Davis pictured in Dadaab, Kenya on 8 July 2011.

Davis appeared in 2008's Sex and the City feature film, under the direction of executive producer Michael Patrick King.[12] The film was a box office success and amassed $415 million at the worldwide box office, despite mixed reviews.[13][14] It was Davis first movie to reach #1 at the US box office. Davis reprised her role of Charlotte York a second and final time in 2010's Sex and the City 2, while she has remained interested in a third installment of the franchise.[15]

In 2009, Davis co-starred in the romantic comedy film Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort. Jon Favreau, who also co-wrote the script, played her husband.[16] The film opened at No. 1 during its opening weekend at the US box office, making it her second film to do so. In 2010, Davis was cast as the mother of Josh Hutcherson's character in the adventure movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.[17] The film opened theatrically in February 2012 and passed the $100 million mark at the US box office, being Davis' third film to achieve this.[18]

In 2015, Davis was credited as producer on the documentary Gardeners of Eden, that comments on the illegal ivory trade.[19] In 2019, Davis went to star and produced romantic comedy-drama film Holiday in the Wild for Netflix.[20] The film was pitched to her, after the producers had noticed her philanthropic work with elephants.[20] She later played a leading role and produced the thriller film Deadly Illusions about a bestselling female novelist (Davis) who is suffering from writer's block and hires an innocent young woman to watch over her twin children.[21]

Stage[edit]

Davis made her Broadway debut in July 2012, when she replaced Kerry Butler in the revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.[22] She made her West End debut playing Beth Gallagher in Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in March 2014.[23][24]

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.[25] In late 2009 Belk cancelled the arrangement, citing the difficult economic conditions prevailing, while Davis said she hoped to take the line elsewhere.[26]

Oxfam Ambassador Davis visits Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

Philanthropic work and recognition[edit]

Davis is a Global Ambassador for Oxfam, and has campaigned in support of their work since 2004, travelling to locations including Haiti, Mozambique, and South Africa.[27] In 2011 she gave a tearful interview with BBC News describing the situation at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where she witnessed the impact of drought.[28]

The cosmetics company Maybelline named Davis as a celebrity spokeswoman in 2004.[29]

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.[30] She is also a patron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which works to protect elephants and other wildlife in Kenya.[31]

Davis has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is included on their list of "High Profile Supporters".[32] In 2015 she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Davis later filmed a fund-raising appeal supporting the UNHCR, and in 2016 visited Australia to promote the UNHCR's work, focussing on the plight of women victims of sexual violence in Congo.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Davis adopted a daughter, Gemma Rose Davis.[34] In 2018, she adopted a son, Wilson.[35] They reside in the hills of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.

Davis pictured in Dadaab, Kenya on 8 July 2011.

She is a recovering alcoholic and 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."[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Doom Asylum Jane
1995 Nine Months Tennis Attendant
1995 Alien Nation: Body and Soul Karina Tivoli
1998 Traveling Companion Annie
1998 Sour Grapes Riggs
1999 Atomic Train Megan Seger
2005 The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Max's Mom
2006 The Shaggy Dog Rebecca Douglas
2006 Deck the Halls Kelly Finch
2008 Sex and the City Charlotte York Goldenblatt
2009 Couples Retreat Lucy Tippaglio
2010 Sex and the City 2 Charlotte York Goldenblatt ShoWest Ensemble Award
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Nominated–People's Choice Awards For Favorite Cast
2011 Jack and Jill Delilah
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Elizabeth Anderson
2019 Holiday in the Wild Kate Conrad Also producer
2020 Deadly Illusions Mary Morrison Post-production, also producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 General Hospital Betsy Chilson, R.N. 23 episodes
1991 N.Y.P.D. Mounted Young Lady Television film
1992 Mann & Machine Cathy Episode: "Billion Dollar Baby"
1993 The Larry Sanders Show Bri Episode: "The Breakdown: Part II"
1994 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Carey McGee Episode: "Thanksgiving"
1995 ER Leslie Episode: "Luck of the Draw"
1995–96 Melrose Place Brooke Armstrong 32 episodes
Recurring cast (season 3)
Main cast (season 4)
1996 The Ultimate Lie Claire McGrath Television film
1997 The Single Guy Leslie Episode: "Johnny Hollywood"
1997 A Deadly Vision Babette Watson Television film
1997 Seinfeld Jenna Episodes: "The Pothole" / "The Butter Shave"
1998–2004 Sex and the City Charlotte York Goldenblatt 94 episodes
Women in Film Lucy Award (shared with cast)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2001, 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 (2004)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2004)
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series (2000)
2000 Friends Erin Episode: "The One with Ross' Library Book"
2000 Sex and the Matrix Charlotte York MacDougal Short parody
2000 Take Me Home: The John Denver Story Annie Denver Television film
2000 Blacktop Sylvia Television film
2001 Someone to Love Lorraine Television film
2001 Three Days Beth Farmer Television film
2004 Will & Grace Nadine Episode: "Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine"
2004 The Winning Season Mandy Television film
2005 Soccer Moms Brooke Television pilot
2004–09 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends Miss Spider 35 episodes
(Voice role)
2012 Of Two Minds Billie Clark Television film, also producer
Nominated — Women's Image Network Award for Best Actress in a Made for Television Movie
2014 Bad Teacher Ginny Taylor-Clapp 13 episodes
2016 A Heavenly Christmas Eve Television film
2020 Labor of Love (TV series) Herself Host

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Location
2012 The Best Man Mabel Cantwell
2014 Fatal Attraction Beth Gallagher

References[edit]

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