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Geena Davis

Actress & producer

Deauville Talent Award 2019 of the 45th Festival of American Cinema

Awarded with an Oscar, Geena Davis is one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood for her roles in films that have become cultural markers, but also a fervent defender of gender equality in the media.

A graduate of Boston University, Bates College and New England College, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1989 for her portrayal of an eccentric dog trainer in Traveler in spite of himself by Lawrence Kasdan. Three years later, she was named to the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best actress for the role of Thelma in Thelma & Louise by Ridley Scott, in which she replies to Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis was named a Best Actress in the Golden Globe in 1993 for her screenplay of legendary baseball player Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own directed by Penny Marshall.

She is also showing many other emblematic films, such as Tootsie by Sydney Pollack in 1982, her first cinema appearance alongside Dustin Hoffman, Fly by David Cronenberg in 1986, Beetlejuice by Tim Burton in 1988, Goodbye forever by Renny Harlin in 1996 and S by Rob Minkoff in 1999.

In 2006, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a dramatic television series for her portrayal of the first woman president of the United States in Commander in Chief (2005-2006). She also plays in series Gehenna (2000-2001), Grey's Anatomy (-2014 2018) and Glow (2019).

In addition to her artistic achievements, Geena Davis is an athlete emeritus, she was the thirteenth best archery artist in the United States. She is also a member of the Mensa circle, the oldest organization in the world gathering gifted people with high IQ, and a fervent defender of the feminine cause.

In 2012, she was appointed Special Emissary to the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) for women and girls in the ICT (information and communication technologies) sector. She is an official partner of UN Women and works to promote gender equality and to value women around the world. She is also chair of the California Status of Women Commission.

In 2015, Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), an unprecedented initiative that supports women and encourages diversity in the entertainment industry. Each May in Bentonville, Arkansas, the festival offers a platform that significantly enhances the commercial value of content whose main roles are played by minorities and women. It is the only competitive festival in the world which guarantees that the winning films will be shown in cinemas, on television, on the Internet and in stores.

Geena Davis is also the founder and president of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which encourages creators of film and television content to increase the share of female characters, and to reduce gender stereotypes, in media targeting children under the age of eleven.

Evening tribute on the occasion of the 45th edition of the Deauville American Festival in his presence on Tuesday September 10, followed by the screening of the documentary This changes everything by Tom Donahue.


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