Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks.

Davis was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon ‘Dottie Hinson’ in A League of Their Own.

Winning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit
show Commander in Chief. Davis received her Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as offbeat dog trainer, Muriel Pritchett, in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist.

Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, and went on to star in such films as The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.

Davis is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Also, Davis is co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), launched in 2015 to champion women and diverse voices in media. BFF is the only film festival in the world to award guaranteed distribution to its winners.

Additionally, Davis has been appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU).