Kristin Landen Davis is a famous American actress. She started dreaming of becoming an actress at nine and got an opportunity to work in a workshop theatre for ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. To take a step forward to achieve her goals and accomplish her dreams, she graduated with a BFA degree in Acting from Rutgers University's ‘Mason Gross School of the Arts’. She started her acting career with a role in a daily soap, ‘General Hospital’ and an opportunity in the TV series, ‘Melrose Place’ catapulted her acting career further. She achieved great success for her role as Charlotte York Goldenblatt on HBO's ‘Sex and the City’. Her choice of role in films has been mediocre. Thus, films such as ‘Sour Grapes’, ‘Deck of Halls’, ‘The Shaggy Dog’, ‘Couple Retreat’ and ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D’, have been blasted by critics, though some of them saw box-office success. This graceful actress has always been active in supporting charitable foundations. She has also been concerned about the issues related to women. Due to her love for animals, especially elephants, she has been supporting organizations that take care of animals.
Childhood & Early Life
Davis was born in Boulder, Colorado, and her parents separated when she very young. Later, Keith Davis, a University of Colorado Boulder professor adopted her.
When Kristin was a child, her family shifted to Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended ‘A.C. Flora High School’ and graduated in 1983.
Aspiring to be an actress since the age of 9, she moved to New Jersey and earned a BFA degree in Acting from ‘Mason Gross School of the Arts’, Rutgers University, in 1987.
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Davis shifted to New York and started working as waitress. Soon, with the help of one of her friends she started a yoga studio. In 1991, she got an acting opportunity and appeared in a few episodes of the daytime drama, ‘General Hospital’.
She catapulted to success in 1995 when she portrayed Brooke Armstrong Campbell on the nighttime drama, ‘Melrose Place’. Later, her character was killed-off in the show and she went on to make appearances in TV series like ‘Friends’, ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Seinfeld’.
In, ‘Sour Grapes’, a 1998 American comedy film written and directed by Larry David, she played the role of Riggs. The film gained poor reviews from the critics.
In, ‘Deck the Halls’, a 2006 Christmas comedy film, she was cast as Kelly Finch alongside stars like Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. The film was a commercial flop and was critically panned.
She starred opposite Tim Allen in ‘The Shaggy Dog’, a 2006 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from film critics but went on to be a commercial success.
In, ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’ a 2008 film adaptation of the HBO comedy series of the same name about four female friends, she reprised the role of Charlotte York Goldenblatt.
Following the release of ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’, in 2008, Belk, the nation's largest privately owned department store chain, announced a partnership with Davis, for ladies' apparel and accessories line.
In, ‘Couples Retreat’, a 2009 American romantic comedy film she paired with Jon Favreau as one of the four couples. Despite the negative critical reception, it was a box-office success.
In the 2010 film, ‘Sex and the City 2’, reprising her role of Charlotte Goldenblatt, she shared the Worst Actress Golden Raspberry Award with the other actresses in the film.
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She lent her voice to ‘Miss Spider’, the title character in the animated television special, ‘Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids’ and its spin-off series, ‘Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends’.
She hosted the VH1 show, 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons and in 2005, starred in a television pilot entitled, ‘Soccer Mom’. She also appeared as a guest-judge on the Lifetime (TV network) program ‘Project Runway’.
In ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D’, a 2005 adventure fantasy comedy film, she starred as Max’ (Sharkboy) mother. Though the film received poor reviews from the critics, it was a commercial success and collected $69,425,967 at the box-office.
Kristin Davis’ claim to fame rests on her role of Charlotte York Goldenblatt, an art dealer and housewife in the hugely successful HBO sitcom, ‘Sex and the City’, broadcast from 1998 to 2004.
She starred in, ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’, a 2012 American 3D science-fiction adventure comedy film. It was a box office success with a worldwide gross of nearly $326 million, surpassing its predecessor.
Awards & Achievements
In 1999, HBO’S ‘Sex and the City’ stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon shared ‘The Lucy Award for Innovation in Television’.
Davis and her costars from ‘The Sex and the City’ were twice recipients of ‘The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy’.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 2011, Davis adopted a daughter, Gemma Rose. They reside in Los Angeles, California. Davis is a recovering alcoholic. She says she was introduced to alcohol early as part of her Southern upbringing.
She is a life-long lover of elephants and in recognition to the attention she brought towards the plight of orphaned African elephants; she was presented the Humane Society's 2010 Wyler Award.
A tireless champion of vulnerable women’s cause, Kristin has made two visits to Africa with Oxfam, travelling to Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda to gain a better understanding of gender issues and poverty there.
This famous actress enjoys spinning, running, baking and also hiking and likes to listen to a variety of music ranging from Dave Matthews Band, Brazilian music, folk music to classics like Mozart's.
This prominent actress featured at no. 42 spot of Stuff Magazine’s ‘102 Sexiest Women in the World’ and was also chosen as the ‘World's Most Beautiful Woman’ in a poll conducted by the UK magazine, ‘Eve’.