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Geena Davis        

Award-Winning Actress & Philanthropist

Geena Davis is an American actress and activist. Davis has received numerous accolades for her acting work in both film and television, and is noted for her portrayals of strong and authentic female characters as well as her involvement in advocacy for women in the industry.

Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from Boston University in 1979, Davis signed with New York's Zoli modeling agency and started her career as a model. She made her acting debut in the film Tootsie, in 1986 she starred in the thriller The Fly, which proved to be one of her first box office hits. While the fantasy comedy Beetlejuice brought her to international prominence, the drama The Accidental Tourist earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She cemented her leading actress status with her performance in the road film Thelma & Louise, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Later she starred in A League of Their Own, which proved to be a critical and box office success, earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Davis starred as the adoptive mother of the titular character in the "Stuart Little" franchise and as the first female president of the United States in the television series "Commander in Chief", winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in the latter. Her later films include "Accidents Happen" and "Marjorie Prime". She has portrayed the recurring role of Dr. Nicole Herman in "Grey's Anatomy", and also starred as Regan MacNeil/Angela Rance in the first season of the horror television series "The Exorcist".

In 2004, Davis launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which works collaboratively with the entertainment industry to dramatically increase the presence of female characters in media. Through the organization, she launched the annual Bentonville Film Festival in 2015, and executive produced the documentary This Changes Everything in 2018.

In 2019, in recognition of her work for gender equality, Davis received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Speech Topics

From the Olympics to the Presidency -- Anything is Possible

Playing U.S. President Mackenzie Allen in the critically acclaimed ABC series Commander in Chief was more than a television role for Geena Davis, one of the worlds best-known actors. An Academy Award-winner, film producer, accomplished athlete and role model, she truly believes that, with determination and focus, women can achieve virtually anything they set out to accomplish. She empowers audiences with her moving personal stories of how she broke into acting and her success at the highest levels in the traditionally male-dominated fields of Olympic archery and film production.

Geena Takes Aim--Empowering Our Daughters and Ourselves

Using her skills as an archershe ranked 13th in the U.S. in 2001as a metaphor for achievement in life, Geena Davis shares her risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit that has led her to the pinnacles of success as an actor and producer as well as a gifted athlete. She inspires audiences with her message of overcoming obstacles to success in athletes, in the arts and in life itself.

A Conversation with Geena Davis

A model and sales clerk before getting her first film role in "Tootsie" in 1982, Davis shares her engaging personal story, taking audiences through her early years including highlights of her Oscar win for "The Accidental Tourist", her groundbreaking role in "Thelma and Louise", to her success in reaching the Olympic trials in archery for in the 2000 Olympics and her concurrent roles as actor, athlete, producer, role model and womens advocate. Serving up personal anecdotes from her fascinating life and career, Davis will enlighten and inform audiences in a Q & A session following her remarks.

See Jane: Gender Equity and Why It Should Matter to All of Us

Geena Davis motivates audiences with her passionate message of why gender equity is empowering for both men and women, and why it is essential for the future of the U.S. to foster strength of character and resolve in children of both genders. Her foundation, See Jane, calls for greater gender equity in media aimed at children, backed up by groundbreaking research funded by See Jane. She encourages audiences to stand up for Title IX legislation that has helped women athletes achieve parity with men, urging them to dream big, set goals and be the best they can be.


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Geena Davis On Why Empowering Roles For Women Are So Important

Geena Davis has been an important voice in the push for gender equality in Hollywood for the past three decades -- and she's not slowing down any time soon.

In an interview with The Guardian published on Monday, the 60-year-old discussed why gender equality on screen is so important and how her iconic feminist movie "Thelma & Louise" influenced her career and life.

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