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Geena Davis

Date of Birth: 1/21/1956

Occupation: Actress
Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress, film producer, writer and former fashion model.

Geena Davis was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, USA. At an early age, she became interested in music. Learning piano, flute, drums and the organ. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in drama from Boston University in 1979. She is fluent in English and Swedish. Geena is a member of American Mensa, the society of persons with IQs in the statistical top 2%, with an IQ of 140.

After graduating, Geena signed with New York’s Zoli modelling agency and served as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor. With a height of six feet and a shoe size of 11 (US), she made a striking model. While she was working as a model, director Sydney Pollack spotted her and cast her in Tootsie (1982), she went on to become a very successful actress.

In 1999, Geena was a semi-finalist in trials for the United States’ Olympic Archery team. She was placed twenty-fourth out of twenty-eight.

Geena is fronting the Women’s Sports Foundation campaign Geena Takes Aim in support of Title IX — an Act of Congress focusing on equality in sports opportunities, now expanded to prohibit gender discrimination in United States’ educational institutions.

She launched “The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media” in 2007. The Institute works collaboratively with the entertainment industry to increase the presence of female characters in media, aimed at children and to reduce stereotyping of both males and females.

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