As Barbara in the 1988 horror comedy, Davis played Barbara, one-half of the spectral Maitland couple haunting the Connecticut home in which they are trapped. And while she recently told PEOPLE that she would be keen to reprise her ghostly role, she's facing one supernatural concern: "I have a feeling that ghosts don't age," she said in October 2022. "How would they explain that they're older?"
The role of Barbara was just the beginning of Davis's long list of iconic characters. Her portrayal of animal hospital employee Muriel in The Accidental Tourist — which premiered just months after Beetlejuice — won Davis the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She earned a Best Actress nod for Thelma & Louise in 1992, but her next Academy Award win wasn't until 2020, when she was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Davis continued gaining notoriety with 1992's A League of Their Own and the 1994 rom-com Speechless, for which she reunited with Michael Keaton, this time as a romantic interest. On TV, the actress played the first female president in Commander in Chief, earning Emmy and SAG Award nominations and a Golden Globe win for the role.
At the time of her work on Beetlejuice, Davis was married to her second husband, Jeff Goldblum, though they split the following year. In 2002, she welcomed her first child, daughter Alizeh, with her fourth husband, plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy (whom she divorced in 2021). The couple also share twin sons Kaiis and Kian, born in 2004.