Kristin Davis - Biography
Kristin Landen Davis (also listed as
Kristin Lee Davis; born February 24, 1965 depending on the source) is an
American actress, known for playing the role of Charlotte York Goldenblatt
on HBO's Sex and the City.
Davis was born in Boulder, Colorado. An only child, her parents divorced
when she was a baby. She was adopted by her stepfather, professor Keith
Davis, after he married her mother, Dorothy, a university data analyst, in
1968. She had three half sisters from her father's first marriage. Early
in her childhood, she and her parents moved to Columbia, South Carolina,
where her father served as provost and teaches psychology at the
University of South Carolina.
Davis wanted to be an actress from the age of 10, when she was cast in a
community theater production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Davis
lived in South Carolina until she graduated from A.C. Flora High School in
1983. She then moved to New Jersey, where she attended Rutgers University.
Davis graduated with a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University's Mason
Gross School of the Arts in 1987.
After graduation in 1987, Davis moved to New York and waited tables before
opening a yoga studio with a friend. In 1995, she had her 'big break',
landing the role of Brooke Armstrong Campbell on Melrose Place. She left
the show after one year when producers found that viewers disliked her
character. Davis also had roles in other television series including
Friends, Will and Grace and Seinfeld.
In 1998, Davis was cast as Charlotte York in Sex and the City and remained
an integral cast member until the series ended in 2004. She received an
Emmy nomination for her role in the final season.
Davis hosted the VH1 show 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons. 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
also starred as Miss Spider in Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids and its
spinoff Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends.
Davis's films include The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D,
opposite David Arquette and George Lopez; the Walt Disney film The Shaggy
Dog, opposite Tim Allen, and Deck the Halls, opposite Matthew Broderick.
She performed in ABC Family channel's Christmas movie Three Days in 2001,
and in a commercial for Head & Shoulders shampoo.
Davis at 2008 Berlin premiere of Sex and the City feature filmDavis
appeared in 2008's Sex and the City feature film, under the direction of
executive producer Michael Patrick King. In 2009, Davis co-starred in
Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy
sessions at a tropical island resort. Jon Favreau, who also wrote the
script, played her husband.
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.
Davis is a recovering alcoholic. She 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." She went sober in her mid-20s: "I
miss it. You donít go to rehab and then suddenly it goes away."
Davis currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Kristin Davis - Personal Quotes
[On her character, Charlotte,
from "Sex and the City" (1998)]: She's really, very funny. I would
never describe Charlotte as a prude. Maybe at the start, but that
was in comparison to the other girls. She wasn't willing to do the
stuff they were doing and I mean, thank goodness! I think she has
some themes, like wanting security, that many women relate to.
That's what's so great about our show, plus it shows the different
choices that women have.
[On her character, Brooke, on "Melrose Place" (1992)]: Oh my God, it
was awful! One time I was in a department store and, as I was
walking around, I could hear women whispering: "There's Brooke -
that bitch!" I wanted to scream: "I'm not Brooke, I just play her on
[On her childhood in South Carolina]: We were very rich, culturally.
One Sunday each month, we would do this thing called Chamber Pots at
somebody's house. A classical music group would come over and we'd
have dinner. There were thirty people (parents and kids) and we'd
sit on the floor and listen to this beautiful music. I never
appreciated it until I was grown up and realized how lucky I was to
be exposed to so much, so young.
[On motherhood]: I'm open. Adoption is wonderful. I think there are
many different ways to do it. I'm an only child, so it's hard to
picture the whole multi-child situation. Cynthia has two children
and it is unbelievable the amount of work involved. I have the most
respect for it in the world, but I'm not sure if I'm cut out for it.
It's nice to be with someone, but I don't think you need to be in a
relationship to feel complete. That would be really sad.
At one point, they offered me this part to play a drug-dealing,
gun-selling butch lady. I don't know how to describe her but she had
like a crew cut and stuff. I was like, "Is this a joke?" And they
said, "No, we think it would be great because everyone would be
like, "Oh, look at what we've done to Charlotte."" I was like, "Well
I can't do that!"
I am definitely not a fashionista. I can't live up to that title, I
don't want to. Also, I think fashion can have a very negative impact
on young people who feel they have to be thin. A lot of young
actresses are really unhealthy. It didn't happen to me when I was
younger because I grew up in South Carolina in a very secure
I'm a hard-core Prada addict. I can't think of a time I've entered a
Prada store and not bought something.
Kristin Davis - Filmography
Sex and the City 2 (2010) ....
Couples Retreat (2009) .... Lucy
"Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends" .... Miss Spider (33 episodes,
- Night and Day: Cob Fog (2008) TV episode (voice) .... Miss Spider
- Spring Unsprung: Bumbling Bees (2008) TV episode (voice) .... Miss
- Snake Charmer: A Party for Pops (2007) TV episode (voice) ....
- Frog in the Moon: Moon Music and Sun Songs (2006) TV episode
(voice) .... Miss Spider
- Good Deed Seeds: Shelley and the Brain (2006) TV episode (voice)
.... Miss Spider
Sex and the City (2008) .... Charlotte York
... aka Sex and the City: The Movie (USA: DVD title)
Deck the Halls (2006) .... Kelly Finch
The Shaggy Dog (2006) .... Rebecca Douglas
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005) .... Max's Mom
Soccer Moms (2005) (TV) .... Brooke
"Will & Grace" .... Nadine (1 episode, 2004)
- Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine (2004) TV episode .... Nadine
The Winning Season (2004) (TV) .... Mandy
"Sex and the City" .... Charlotte York (94 episodes, 1998-2004)
... aka S.A.T.C. (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux (2004) TV episode ....
- An American Girl in Paris: Part Une (2004) TV episode ....
- Splat! (2004) TV episode .... Charlotte York
- The Cold War (2004) TV episode .... Charlotte York
- Out of the Frying Pan (2004) TV episode .... Charlotte York
Three Days (2001) (TV) .... Beth Farmer
Someone to Love (2001) (TV) .... Lorraine
"Friends" .... Erin (1 episode, 2000)
- The One with Ross' Library Book (2000) TV episode .... Erin
Blacktop (2000) (TV) .... Sylvia
... aka Blacktop: Murder on the Move (USA: DVD title)
... aka La route de la peur (Canada: French title)
Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (2000) (TV) .... Annie Denver
Sex and the Matrix (2000) (TV) .... Charlotte York MacDougal
Atomic Train (1999) (TV) .... Megan Seger
Sour Grapes (1998) .... Riggs
Traveling Companion (1998) .... Annie
"Seinfeld" .... Jenna (2 episodes, 1997)
- The Butter Shave (1997) TV episode .... Jenna
- The Pothole (1997) TV episode .... Jenna
A Deadly Vision (1997) (TV) .... Babette Watson
... aka Murder in Mind
"The Single Guy" .... Leslie (1 episode, 1997)
- Johnny Hollywood (1997) TV episode .... Leslie
The Ultimate Lie (1996) (TV) .... Claire McGrath
"Melrose Place" .... Brooke Armstrong (30 episodes, 1995-1996)
- Devil in a Wet Dress (1996) TV episode .... Brooke Armstrong
- No Lifeguard on Duty (1996) TV episode .... Brooke Armstrong
- The Bobby Trap (1996) TV episode .... Brooke Armstrong
- Sydney, Bothered & Bewildered (1996) TV episode .... Brooke
- The Brooke Stops Here (1996) TV episode .... Brooke Armstrong
Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995) (TV) .... Karina Tivoli
Nine Months (1995) .... Tennis Attendant
"ER" .... Leslie (1 episode, 1995)
- Luck of the Draw (1995) TV episode .... Leslie
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" .... Carey McGee (1 episode, 1994)
- Thanksgiving (1994) TV episode .... Carey McGee
"The Larry Sanders Show" .... Bri (1 episode, 1993)
- The Breakdown: Part 2 (1993) TV episode .... Bri
"Mann & Machine" .... Cathy (1 episode, 1992)
- Billion Dollar Baby (1992) TV episode .... Cathy
"General Hospital" (1963) TV series .... Betsy Chilson, R.N.
(unknown episodes, 1991)
N.Y.P.D. Mounted (1991) (TV) .... Young Lady
... aka N.Y. Mounted (UK)
Doom Asylum (1987) .... Jane
Kristin Davis - Related Links
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