Geena Davis and her husband are divorcing after 17 years

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According to TMZ, Geena Davis’ husband, 47 year-old LA-area plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy, filed for divorce on Tuesday. The papers, filed under the pseudonyms Rob and Veronica Doe, cite irreconcilable differences as the cause for the breakup.

Reza and Geena, 62, were married on September 1, 2001 and have three children together, 13-year-old twin sons Kaiis Steven and Kian William, and 16-year-old daughter Alizeh Keshvar. The couple separated last November. In the divorce papers, Reza is seeking spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of the children. He’s also requested that Geena be denied any spousal support.

Since I am unaware of what may or may not have been going on in their marriage, I can’t contribute much of an opinion, but one thing did strike me as odd. Sure, Geena probably can fend for herself just fine without any alimony payments, but is the LA plastic surgery scene going through some sort of a dry spell? I saw the pics from the Met Gala, someone is definitely profiting from cosmetic surgery in Hollywood. Just saying.

Reza was Geena’s fourth husband. She was previously wed to restaurateur Richard Emmolo and screenwriter/director/producer Renny Harlin, who nearly ended Geena’s career when he directed her in Cutthroat Island. He kind of made up for that with one of my favorite Geena Davis flicks (after Earth Girls Are Easy, of course) 1996’s Long Kiss Goodnight. Speaking of Earth Girls, Geena’s second hubby was her co-star in that movie, Jeff Goldblum.

Geena has been a vocal proponent of gender equality in media, heck, she even recently helped increase female visibility in an overlooked segment of the world of advertising, gender balancing the Otter Pops mascots through her Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media, so the news of the demise of her marriage made me sad. I hope all parties make it through the split quickly and painlessly.

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  1. monette says:

    Goooood! Not another couple getting divorced.

  2. LittleWing says:

    Well I guess not every plastic surgeon is as successful as Terry Dubrow.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Sad, they had a good run. But as you say, who knows what goes on in a marriage.

  4. tracking says:

    I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve always admired her, and hoped marriage #4 was the charm.

  5. CadiC says:

    I’d read he was a craniofacial surgeon so he may do more accident reconstruction surgery, cleft palate repair, things like that vs elective plastic surgery, and not as lucrative?

  6. Amy Tennant says:

    Geena has been one of my heroines for a long time. Mensa member, Olympic level archer, fierce and active feminist–what’s not to love? (I even liked Cutthroat Island). I hope for the best for her.

    • Josephine says:

      I love her as well – a strong, tough women in the days that not many bodies looked like hers (and still don’t, sigh). I loved, loved Long Kiss Goodnight and Earth Girls are Easy. Bummer abut the divorce, especially with kids still on the young side. Hope it’s amicable for everyone’s sake.

  7. the_blonde_one says:

    first- I’m honking for Geena- I LOVE HER SO MUCH! she’s my girl goals in so many ways.

    with that out of the way, I hope I’m the first to make the tasteless joke about maybe they’re getting divorced for what he did to her face (stipulating that he obviously didn’t do that to her face and that she’s a gazillion times more fabulous than I ever will be with that face or any other face).

  8. browniecakes says:

    She’s another celeb mom who had healthy babies later in life (at 46 and 49).

    • S says:

      I hope her kids are healthy, happy and thriving, and her along with them, but if you’re gonna tout her “healthy kids later in life,” it’s also worth noting that she’s “another celeb” who almost certainly used an egg donor and IVF, at the minimum, to get those “healthy, later in life” kids.

      It’s no one’s business how, if or when you conceive, adopt or expand your family in the way that works best for you and your loved ones … BUT the casually shared idea that women can easily or commonly have “healthy babies later in life,” is a harmful fallacy. Just because a celeb did it, doesn’t mean you can, too. Very, very few people have the time, the substantial means and the support system needed for that to occur. Even with extreme medical intervention, healthy births at that age are the extreme exception, NOT the rule, and that goes for everyone.

      We don’t often hear about the years of failures, the hundreds of thousands or more in medical expenses, the also expensive legal legwork and constant, often painful treatments these “healthy later in life” babies come from. Or how often someone is doing all that and it’s not working at all. We only see the pregnancy announcement and People magazine post-birth photo spread.

      It’s where none-of-your-business bumps up against education and reality. If you’re a women over 42 trying to conceive, I’m not trying to rain on your parade, but the truth is, the odds are not in your favor. The problem is women in their 20s or 30s noting celebs giving birth at 45, 47, 49 or 50 and thinking they have all the time in the world, only to find out far too late that … they did not.

      I was lucky enough not to have fertility issues myself, but I also had all my kids well before 40, and my last, post-35 baby took 4x as long to conceive as my first two. I have just seen too many of my friends, co-workers and family absolutely struggle with this heartbreak, and think the idea of casual, late-in-life celebrity birth celebrations is part of the problem, in terms of women not taking their fertility seriously. If it seems like you’re seeing smiling pregnant women 15 or 20 years older than you on magazine covers month after month, why would you think there’s any need to worry?

      This article sums it up better than I can…

      • Patty says:

        Can we please stop with the fertility conversation. She’s getting divorced. What does having kids later in life have to do with her divorce? We don’t have to be reminded of women’s fertility every time there is a story about a celebrity that had kids later in life. This is isn’t a fertility board.

      • Mari With An I says:

        @S…where did you get your medical degree? Because while you may think that’s is how it is for every older woman, it’s not. Geesh.

  9. Jess says:

    Love Geena Davis and Long Kids Goodnight is one of my favorite movies!

  10. boredblond says:

    Always liked Davis, sad to hear. She was the perfect choice to inspire and empower the title character in “Don’t Talk to Irene”..

  11. lucy2 says:

    I’m sorry to hear that. Hope it stays amicable for the kids.
    Geena’s Institute and her push for women’s equality in media has been really impressive. I follow it on FB, and it’s very positive, always championing women filmmakers.

  12. HeidiM says:

    Her and Jeff Goldblume were so F%$king hot together in the Fly.

  13. hogtowngooner says:

    I love Geena Davis and this is sad to hear, but hopefully they are both mature enough to keep it civil for the kids.

    I’m also gonna jump on the “Long Kiss Goodnight is amazing” train. I stumbled across it one night on cable and just loved it. It’s a really enjoyable, female-driven action movie. Highly recommended.

    • Sid says:

      That was the era when women and non-white people were actually all over film and television and getting plenty of roles. Funny how there was more representation back then than there is now, when we’re being more vocal about the need for it. But I digress.

  14. Sara says:

    WTH!! Looks the same age as her husband.

    • perplexed says:

      I would have not have guessed she’s 62. She looks good.

      Maybe she’s had “help” on her face, but it doesn’t look bad like it does with other celebrities. All her regular features (mouth, eyes, nose, cheeks, etc) still seem to look the same.

      Also, her body appears to look good too.

      I need to know her secrets.

  15. Beezswax1215 says:

    I am so happy other people love Long Kiss also, she was so awesome in that movie!!

  16. Asiyah says:

    That’s so sad. They were one of my favorite couples 🙁

  17. Andrea says:

    Maybe it was ultimately the age difference?

    • Blonde555 says:

      The age difference probably did them in, plus a younger woman I would guess.

  18. ms says:

    Geena was the first person who made me realize I was actually bisexual. She’s amazing. Sad to see her marriage end.