1. Iconic Actress with a Variety of Iconic Films
Geena Davis is an Academy Award-winning actress who has starred in a variety of iconic films. She is best known for her roles in The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Stuart Little and The Accidental Tourist. Her performance in Thelma & Louise earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, and she has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her roles in The Accidental Tourist and A League of Their Own. Davis has also won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in The Long Kiss Goodnight.
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2. Geena Davis Wins 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Geena Davis won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Accidental Tourist. Her performance in the film was highly acclaimed, and she was praised for her ability to bring a complex character to life. Davis' win was a historic moment, as she became the fourth woman to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her win was also a milestone for the film industry, as it was the first time a woman had won the award in over a decade.
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3. Golden Globe Winner Geena Davis Wins for Commander in Chief
Geena Davis won the prestigious Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2005 for her outstanding performance in the hit show Commander in Chief. Her portrayal of the first female President of the United States earned her critical acclaim and the admiration of millions of viewers. Davis' performance was so powerful that it earned her the highest honor in television drama, the Golden Globe Award. Her win was a testament to her talent and dedication to her craft, and it is a moment that will be remembered for years to come.
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4. A Teenager Who Was a Prodigy on the Organ
As a teenager, Geena Davis was a talented musician, having learned to play the piano, flute, and organ. She was so proficient at the organ that she was able to serve as an organist at her Congregationalist church in Wareham, Massachusetts. Her musical abilities were a testament to her dedication and hard work, as she had spent countless hours honing her skills on the instrument.
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5. Geena Davis Takes Aim: Advocate for Gender Equality in Sports
Geena Davis is a passionate advocate for gender equality in sports, and is currently leading the Women's Sports Foundation's campaign, Geena Takes Aim. This campaign is in support of Title IX, an Act of Congress that was originally passed in 1972 to ensure equal opportunities in sports for both genders, but has since been expanded to prohibit gender discrimination in educational institutions across the United States. Davis is determined to use her platform to ensure that all women have the same access to sports and educational opportunities as men.
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6. A Famous Actress Who Attended Wareham High School
Geena Davis is a renowned actress who attended Wareham High School in Massachusetts before embarking on an exchange program to Sandviken, Sweden. During her time there, she became fluent in Swedish, a language she still speaks to this day. Her time in Sweden was a formative experience for her, and it's clear that it had a lasting impact on her life.
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7. Mensa Accepts Hollywood Star Geena Davis
Geena Davis is an extraordinary individual, having been accepted into Mensa, a social organization for those in the top 2% of intelligence as measured by IQ test entrance exam. Her membership in this exclusive group is a testament to her remarkable intellect and demonstrates her commitment to excellence.
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8. Geena Davis Launches Institute to Challenge Male-Dominated Industry
In 2007, Geena Davis launched The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a groundbreaking initiative to challenge the male-dominated industry and increase the presence of female characters in media aimed at children. The Institute works to reduce gender stereotyping and create a more balanced representation of women in the media, with the ultimate goal of creating a more equitable society. Davis' work has been widely praised, and her Institute has been credited with inspiring a new generation of female filmmakers and actors.
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9. From Model to Movie Star
Geena Davis was working as a model when she was cast in the 1982 film Tootsie, directed by the legendary Sydney Pollack. She was given the role of an aspiring soap opera actress, and it was her first major role in a feature film. This was the start of her successful acting career, and she went on to star in many other films, including Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, and The Accidental Tourist.
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10. Geena Davis and Renny Harlin: Two Film Collaborators
Geena Davis and her then-husband, director Renny Harlin, collaborated on two films in 1996: Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Cutthroat Island was a swashbuckling adventure film set in the 1700s, while The Long Kiss Goodnight was a thriller about a woman who discovers she has a secret past as a trained assassin. Both films were met with mixed reviews, but Davis and Harlin's chemistry was undeniable.
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