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Award-Winning Actress; Founder, Geena Davis Institute

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  • Known for her roles in "Thelma & Louise," "A League of Their Own," "Tootsie," "Beetlejuice," and the "Stuart Little" franchise.
  • Won an Oscar for "The Accidental Tourist" and a Golden Globe for "Commander in Chief"
  • Founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, fighting for equal inclusion of women and girls in the industry
  • Official partner of UN Women and UN Special Envoy for Women and Girls in Tech
Biography
Award-Winning Actress; Founder, Geena Davis Institute

Award-winning actress Geena Davis is more than just a celebrated Hollywood veteran, she is also an inspired activist who works tirelessly for the inclusion of women and girls in media.

Davis is best known for her roles in the landmark films "Beetlejuice," "Thelma & Louise" (nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress), "The Accidental Tourist" (won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), "A League of Their Own" (nominated for Golden Globe for Best Actress), and ABC groundbreaking political drama "Commander in Chief" (won Golden Globe for Best Actress).

Davis made her feature film debut in "Tootsie." She went on to star in such films as "The Fly," "Angie," "The Long Kiss Goodnight," and the "Stuart Little" franchise.

Most recently, Davis starred in 20th Century Fox’s psychological thriller series "The Exorcist," the sci-fi film "Marjorie Prime," and "Dear Angelica," one of the first VR narrative films from Occulus.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the 13th-ranked archer in the U.S.), a member of the Mensa genius society, and widely recognized for her advocacy of women and girls in the entertainment industry. Davis is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators with the aim of dramatically increasing the presence of women in media and reducing gender stereotyping of children.

Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in Information and Communications Technology for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Davis is also an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide.

Geena Davis and festival co-founder Trevor Drinkwater founded the Bentonville Film Festival in 2015 to champion women in media. BFF’s mission is to encourage content creation in film and other forms of media that reflects the diverse—and half female—world we live in. BFF proactively supports content creation by women and diverse voices with a platform to showcase their work and, with the help of their partners, is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital, and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. The Festival takes place in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is research based and commercially driven.

Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

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