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Geena Davis claimed her 17-year marriage to a ‘ridiculously young’ man who didn’t need fixing was not legal

Hollywood starlet Geena Davis has had a rollercoaster ride when it comes to romance. After four failed marriages, Davis admitted she got involved with some of her former spouses because she wanted to fix them, but later realized she was the one in trouble.

Veteran star Geena Davis has had a successful acting career with stints in “Beetlejuice,” as Barbara and Dottie Henson in “A League of Their Own,” and “Thelma & Louis,” where she played Thelma.

As much as the award-winning actress has thrived in her career, she hasn’t had the same experiences in her romantic relationships.

Actress Geena Davis at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images

Davis has already been married four times, and her first three marriages lasted no more than five years. She met her first husband, Richard Emmolo, in December 1977 while working at Taylor Ann. The couple began living together in January 1978.

Emmolo and Davis were married in March 1981 and divorced in June 1984. The Oscar nominee later remarried and married Jeff Goldblum in November 1987. However, they divorced in 1991.

Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum at the 41st Annual Writers Guild of America Awards Dinner held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. / Source: Getty Images

Davis walked down the aisle for the third time when she married Renny Harlin in September 1993, but they later divorced in June 1998. She had no children with any of her three ex-spouses.

Davis’ last marriage was to her fourth husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, whom she married in September 2001, but they divorced in December 2021. Amazingly, Davis later claimed they were never legally married . The former couple welcomed three children together.

After being married so many times, the Massachusetts native later realized why none of her early marriages worked out.


Geena Davis attends the ‘Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda’ Inaugural Luncheon at Maybourne Beverly Hills on April 20, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images

In her past love life, Davis revealed that she found herself attracted to men she thought she could “fix” and turn into ideal partners:

“I was always in the type of relationship where it was all about the other person. I would find my worth by sacrificing everything for him.”

After doing some soul-searching, she discovered that all of these feelings were actually about herself because the men she dated were confident and didn’t need reassurance. Davis said they didn’t need any repairs because they weren’t the ones that were damaged, but she was.

Producer Geena Davis portrayed as Thelma in the 1991 film “Thelma & Louise”. / Source: Getty Images

Over time, the Golden Globe nominee finally overcame her insecurities and worked out her internal issues. The change also influenced how she perceived the men who attracted her.

Then came her fourth husband, Jarrahy, who she said was unlike any other man she had been with. Davis joked that she would probably laugh out loud at the situation if she was dating men similar to those in her past.


Dr. Reza Jarrahy and Geena Davis at the 2003 ESPY Awards Pre-Party at Lucky Strikes in Hollywood, CA. / Source: Getty Images

Davis met Jarrahy at a party, and together they pursued an unlikely romance seeing they had a 15-year age gap. She was 42 and he was 27 at the time.

The activist admitted in an interview with GoodHouseKeeping in March 2006 that the age difference between them bothered her:

“A relationship with him seemed a bit far-fetched. I remember thinking, ‘This guy is cute and ridiculously young.'”

Geena Davis and her husband Reza Jarrahy at the premiere of ‘Stuart Little 2’ at the Mann Village Theater in Westwood, CA. / Source: Getty Images

Davis then candidly revealed that at first she approached her relationship with the Doctor as something that could only be for fun. She did not think about a possible serious relationship.

However, as they spent more time together, she realized their age gap didn’t figure into how they interacted with each other, adding that they didn’t feel that they belonged to different generations.

Dr. Jarrahy is a cosmetic reconstructive pediatric plastic surgeon, global health advocate and humanitarian. He also described himself as a flawed Do-Gooder on his Instagram bio.

Geena Davis and Reza Jarrahy attend the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural Gala at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images

Although Davis didn’t hesitate to say “yes” for the fourth time, she warned him to marry her as she had done three times before:

“It was exciting to know that I was marrying someone who I can be grumpy or selfish in front of, and he’s not running out of the room screaming or judging me for it.”

Davis said she wasn’t nervous about walking down the aisle again because she felt like she had made “real and permanent” changes and discovered a new mode. of life.

Reza Jarrahy, Alizeh Davis Jarrahy, Kian Jarrahy, Geena Davis and Kaiis Jarrahy attend UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Kaleidoscope 5 at 3LABS on May 6, 2017 in Culver City, California. / Source: Getty Images

The couple married in a private ceremony in New York City at the Hamptons on September 1, 2001. The newlyweds later released a statement in which they excitedly mentioned how excited they were to start a chapter together, in saying:

“We are very happy and look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.”

In their union, Jarrahy and Davis welcomed a daughter named Alizeh in April 2002. Two years later, they had twin sons, Kaiis and Kian, in May 2004.


Geena Davis and Reza Jarrahy at the 5th Annual Rock The Kasbah Gala in support of Virgin Unite and the Eve Branson Foundation at Boulevard3 on November 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images

It seems married life isn’t for Davis, as 17 years after he married Jarrahy, he filed for divorce in May 2018, citing irreconcilable differences, per Us Weekly. The couple had been separated since November 2017.

The surgeon asked for spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s three children on the case. Additionally, Jarrahy asked Davis to be denied spousal support.

Surprisingly, Davis later claimed that they were never legally married.

Dr. Reza Jarrahy and Geena Davis at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards – red carpet arrivals at the Beverly Hilton on January 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images

She filed an additional document in September 2018 in which she clarified their case despite the fact that he filed for divorce earlier that year.

The mother-of-three revealed that she and Jarrahy had never obtained a marriage license or paid a license fee to obtain one, which made them ‘unable to meet the 24-hour waiting period’ before their ceremony.

Via People, New York and California laws state that all couples wishing to marry must obtain a marriage license and wait 24 hours before legally marrying.

Reza Jarrahy and Geena Davis at the ‘Accidents Happen’ premiere at the Cremorne Orpheum on April 14, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. / Source: Getty Images

As a resort, Davis claimed that she and Jarrahy “decided not to get a marriage license” in either state because they “never intended to marry”.

She asked a judge to reject her former husband’s divorce petition because they willingly and voluntarily chose to have a wedding-style nuptials despite knowing it wouldn’t be legally binding.

Later in the supplement, the former model claimed that she and Jarrahy had verified “single” on tax returns and did not own property as a couple, so they handled their finances separately. They never had joint checking, savings or retirement accounts.

Reza Jarrahy and Geena Davis at the ‘Commander-in-Chief’ Inaugural Ball and Premiere Screening at The Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA. / Source: Getty Images

Additionally, Davis included a letter signed by Jarrahy in 2012 in which he admitted that he had already filed his 2009 tax returns as a single person because he was unmarried:

“Ms. Davis and I live together and co-parent our three children but are not officially married.”

Divorce proceedings continued, and they finalized it in December 2021. Per People, the former couple agreed not to release details of their divorce to the public. They also changed their twins’ surnames from Davis-Jarrahy to just Jarrahy.


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