Academy Award-winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood's most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Geena broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in “Commander in Chief”.
In 1989, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Accidental Tourist”. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott's “Thelma and Louise”, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon.
Geena 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”. She made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie” and went on to star in such films as “The Fly”, “Beetlejuice”, “Earth Girls are Easy”, “Angie”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Stuart Little”.
Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Geena Davis: not only is she an Oscar-winning actor, but also a world-class athlete (at one time the USA's 13th-ranked archer and women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is becoming increasingly recognised for her tireless advocacy of women and girls rights nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments.
She is the founder of the non-profit “Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media”. The Institute is at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children's media and entertainment. The Institute is uniquely positioned to spotlight gender inequalities at every media and entertainment company through cutting-edge research, education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs. Its mission is to work within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in the media.
In 2011, Geena 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. She joined Uma Thurman, Chanel Iman and Josh Hartnett in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.
Geena is also an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women, and is a partner with UN Women in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide. She is currently the Special Envoy for Women and Girls in the field of technology for the United Nations. She holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.