Geena Davis
Actress
Geena Davis
Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in Stuart Little, The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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Between The Oscars And Sundance, It's A Promising Year For Inclusiveness In Hollywood
Huffington Post - 24 days
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PHOTOS: Geena Davis Dresses Up for Sundance
ABC News - about 1 month
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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Arclight Cinema's Women In Entertainment Summit Empowers Tomorrow's Creatives
Huffington Post - 2 months
In 2015, Arclight Cinemas presented the inaugural Women In Entertainment Summit, a full day event featuring keynotes, panels and fireside chats where some of the industry's most progressive minds addressed themes including equality, women's leadership, and empowerment. The event proved a success and has become an annual staple in the Arclight Cinema calendar. http://www.arclightwomen.com/ The second annual Women In Entertainment Summit took place November 2016. I chatted with three of this year's participants: - Haifaa al-Mansour, Director and Writer of Wadjda and Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker. - Allison Schroeder, Screenwriter and Co-Chair of the WGA Committee of Women Writers - Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President Cinema Programming, ArcLight Cinemas Gretchen McCourt welcomes the audience at Arclight Cinema's Women In Entertainment Summit (Courtesy of Cinematic Red): Xaque Gruber: Tell me one area within the entertainment industry that you'd like to see imp ...
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It Could Be Decades Before We Say 'Madam President'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Are you surprised that America elected a black president before a female president? Given the history of servitude, institutional racism and implicit bias that blacks have experienced, you might think that the odds tilt heavily in favor of women when it comes to electing a president.  But you’d be wrong. Black men were granted the right to vote decades before women. In 1870, the 15th Amendment granted citizens the right to vote regardless of their “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In 1920, the 19th Amendment finally granted voting rights not just to men but to all citizens. Black citizens had 50 years to figure out our political system before women could even vote. But time alone doesn’t completely explain the advantage blacks have over women on Election Day. Social science tells us that the traits of a strong leader like assertiveness, dominance and confidence are more likely to be masculine traits than feminine traits. In fact, our research has found that ...
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The Role Of Diversity In The Creation Of Opportunity
Huffington Post - 4 months
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways messages are brought to life. And not just through novels or films, but in business as well. Stories are vehicles through which we can demonstrate understanding and action, and they are the glue that ties human experiences together. Stories also have the ability to cure the problems they help perpetuate. This was one takeaway from PwC’s Aspire to Lead event, during which Geena Davis, award-winning actor and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute, shared these inspirational words on the overwhelmingly positive impact on young girls, and boys, when they see women in leading roles: “We can create the future through what people see.” Liken this thinking to the conversation around diversity and inclusion in film and television, and it’s not hard to draw a parallel to the feelings and concerns being expressed by individuals who are fighting for increased representation, both on camera and behind the scenes. It’s also hard not to recognize th ...
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Snapshot: Geena Davis Talks About ‘The Exorcist’ and Women Onscreen
New York Times - 5 months
Ms. Davis is playing Angela Rance, a Chicago hotel manager, wife and mother, in Fox’s retooling of the 1973 horror classic.
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‘The Exorcist’: Geena Davis on Horror, Ellen Burstyn and the Perils of Remakes
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
"I was scarred for life watching the movie as a kid," says the star of the new Fox series.
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Looking Back, The 'Thelma And Louise' Premieres Were SO 1991
Huffington Post - 9 months
On May 21, 1991, nobody had really heard of Thelma, Louise or Brad Pitt yet. Now, 25 years later, they are all a part of the American cultural zeitgeist. Thelma and Louise represent independence (and how to drive a car off a cliff in style), and Pitt represents how to succeed as a ridiculously handsome person. To celebrate "Thelma and Louise's" 25th anniversary, we went through some photos from the film's California and New York premieres and cannot get enough of Susan Sarandon's Lite Brite dress, Geena Davis's puffy shirt, and that crazy four-year period when Pitt and Juliette Lewis were soooo in love. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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'Thelma & Louise' 25th Reunion with Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis
ABC News - 10 months
It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since we first met "Thelma and Louise" -- arguably the first “BFFs” there ever were.
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10 Female Pop Culture Icons We Want Our Kids to Look Up To
Huffington Post - 12 months
By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media "Sugar, spice, and everything nice" sounds hopelessly out of touch in today's world, right? Well, then what's with all the sexy, pouty, getting-by-on-looks-alone female celebs (looking at you, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Kendall Jenner). Women who kick butt, rock out, and break barriers are the ones we want our kids to know about. These are women who defy stereotypes and embody character traits we would like to see in our own kids: perseverance, courage, empathy, and creativity. And even though it's 2016, women have a long way to go to be equally reflected in everything from speaking parts in movies to board rooms in Silicon Valley. As actress and SeeJane.org spokesperson Geena Davis says, she can't be it if she can't see it. So choose a few of these media and pop culture icons to introduce to your kids (and especially your daughters). Not every aspect of their careers or personalities has to be age-appropriate or fit with your perspectiv ...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that the ...
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Shame on the <i>Star Wars</i> Body Shamers
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I guess the goodwill couldn't last too long. Just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being greeted by critical acclaim, record box-office earnings and praise for its compelling lead character, the dark side of fandom has arisen -- very much like the movie's First Order from the ashes of the Empire -- and is blasting Carrie Fisher for her appearance, so much so that the actress/writer herself felt the need to respond through social media. As you can see in the linked article, the troglodytes in question have then doubled down, suggesting a variation of "you were asking for it" since she agreed to appear in the movie in the first place. It is a morbidly fascinating phenomenon to witness the claiming of ownership of an entertainment franchise by certain segments of fans who blow collective gaskets when the newest installment does not meet every single one of their impossible expectations, or worse, dares to shake up the status quo. Author Chuck Wendig received a taste of this when he me ...
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Leaked Script from 'Thelma & Louise 2' Staring Donald Trump and Vladmir Putin
Huffington Post - about 1 year
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Recently, Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been warming up to each other. Trump has been defending Putin against allegations that journalists have been silenced or even killed under the Russian leader's leadership, and Putin has been praising Trump, which the billionaire 2016 Republican presidential front runner called "a great honor." The relationship between Putin and Trump has become so strong that Hollywood producers have already approached both men about starring in a sequel of the classic film Thelma &amp; Louise, which originally starred Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis and has become of a feminist anthem of sorts. In a statement to earlier this week, independent studio Visionary Films said they had acquired the rights to the original film's name, and that Trump and Putin have been collaborating on the script together for the past three weeks. "They have phobias in common. Vlad's got the homophobia, Donald's got the Islamap ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Geena Davis
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    In 2015, Davis launched an annual film festival to be held in Bentonville, Arkansas, to highlight diversity in film, accepting films that prominently feature minorities and women in the cast and crew.
    More Details Hide Details The Bentonville Film Festival took place from May 5–9, 2015, and began accepting submissions on January 15. In July 1999, Davis was one of 300 women who vied for a semifinals berth in the U.S. Olympic archery team to participate in the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. She placed 24th of 300 and did not qualify for the team, but participated as a wild-card entry in the Sydney International Golden Arrow competition. Davis has stated that she was not an athlete growing up and that her introduction to archery was in 1997, two years prior to her tryouts.
    In October 2015, it was announced that Davis would be starring in the film adaptation of Marjorie Prime alongside Jon Hamm.
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    In 2011, Davis became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council's FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year's East Africa drought.
    More Details Hide Details She joined Uma Thurman, Chanel Iman and Josh Hartnett in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    For her work in this field she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates College in May 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 51
    Davis launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The Institute's first focus is an on-the-ground program that works collaboratively with the entertainment industry to dramatically increase the presence of female characters in media aimed at children and to reduce stereotyping of females by the male-dominated industry.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In 2005, Davis teamed up with the non-profit group, Dads and Daughters, to launch a venture dedicated to balancing the number of male and female characters in children's TV and movie programming.
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  • 2004
    Age 48
    In 2004, while watching children's television programs and videos with her daughter, Davis noticed an imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters.
    More Details Hide Details Davis went on to sponsor the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment (resulting in 4 discrete studies, including one on children's television) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. The study, directed by Dr. Stacy Smith, showed that there were nearly 3 males to every 1 female character in the nearly 400 G, PG, PG-13, and R-Rated movies the undergraduate team of Annenberg students analyzed.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    On September 1, 2001, Davis married Reza Jarrahy (b. 1971), an Iranian-American plastic surgeon.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children: daughter Alizeh Keshvar Jarrahy (born April 10, 2002) and fraternal twin sons Kian William Jarrahy and Kaiis Steven Jarrahy (born May 6, 2004). The marriage is Davis's fourth. She was previously married to Richard Emmolo (1982–1983); actor Jeff Goldblum (1987–1990), with whom she starred in three films, Transylvania 6-5000, The Fly, and Earth Girls Are Easy; and Renny Harlin (1993–98), who directed her in Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Davis is fronting the Women's Sports Foundation campaign Geena Takes Aim in support of Title IX, an Act of Congress focusing on equality in sports opportunities, now expanded to prohibit gender discrimination in United States' educational institutions.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    In 2000–2001, Davis starred in the short-lived sitcom The Geena Davis Show.
    More Details Hide Details In early 2004 she guest-starred as Grace Adler's sister, Janet, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She went on to star in the ABC television series Commander in Chief, portraying the first female President of the United States. This role garnered her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2006, and she also was nominated for an Emmy Award and a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series. Also in 2006, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award. She starred in the Australian-produced, American-set Accidents Happen, which was released in April 2010. During the 11th season of Grey's Anatomy, Davis played a recurring role as Dr. Nicole Herman, who is an attending fetal surgeon who has a life-threatening brain tumor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 27
    During the run of Buffalo Bill, in 1983, Davis also appeared as Grace Fallon in an episode of Knight Rider entitled "K.I.T.T. the Cat".
    More Details Hide Details Her television credits from the mid-1980s also include one episode of Riptide, three episodes of Family Ties, and an episode of Remington Steele. This was followed by a series of her own, Sara, which lasted thirteen episodes. After roles in Fletch, The Fly, Beetlejuice, and several other movies Davis received an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her appearance in The Accidental Tourist (1988), and a Best Actress nomination for her role in Thelma & Louise (1991). Davis replaced Debra Winger in the role of Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own (1992), and received a Best Actress Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance. She then co-starred in Hero alongside Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia. Davis then teamed up with then-husband, director Renny Harlin, for the films Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight (both 1996). She and Harlin co-produced the films. Davis was nominated for the Saturn Awards for her performances as Samantha/Charlie in The Long Kiss Goodnight, and as Eleanor Little in Stuart Little (1999), a role she reprised in 2002 and again in 2005.
    She followed the role with the part of Wendy Killian in the short-lived television series Buffalo Bill, which aired from June 1983 to March 1984.
    More Details Hide Details She also wrote the Buffalo Bill episode entitled "Miss WBFL."
  • 1979
    Age 23
    Davis attended Wareham High School and was an exchange student in Sandviken, Sweden, becoming fluent in Swedish. Enrolling at New England College, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Drama from Boston University in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Davis is a member of Mensa, a social organization whose members are in the top 2% of intelligence. Following her education, Davis served as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor until signing with New York's Zoli modeling agency. Davis was working as a model when she was cast by director Sydney Pollack in his film Tootsie (1982) as a soap opera actress.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Davis was born January 21, 1956, in Wareham, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother, Lucille (June 19, 1919 – November 15, 2001), was a teacher's assistant, and her father, William F. Davis (November 7, 1913 – April 2, 2009), was a civil engineer and church deacon; her parents were both from small towns in Vermont. She has a brother named Danforth ("Dan"). At an early age, she became interested in music. She learned piano and flute and played organ well enough as a teenager to serve as an organist at her Congregationalist church in Wareham.
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