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Freaking Fabulous Midlife: Geena Davis

Geena Davis, Bentonville Film Festival fundraising event
Geena Davis, Bentonville Film Festival fundraising event

Creative Energy – Never Stop Growing

Geena Davis has always been something of an achiever. Church organist in her teens (have you ever tried to play an organ ??), exchange student to Sweden in high school which lead to a fluency in Swedish ( … ), Mensa member, actress, model, sometime writer, and semi-finalist on the US Olympics archery team. This last was in the year 2000, long after she had achieved fame, success, and multiple awards for her acting.

One of the things I love most about this long weekend of midlife is the resurgence of energy and creativity I so often see in women 40+. Geena Davis embodies that energy.

She says of herself, “I take everything too far” and aren’t we lucky she does. Short list, she has:

  • worked with the Women’s Sports Foundation in support of Title IX
  • sponsored research into gender representation in children’s programming
  • founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and most recently
  • created the Bentonville Film Festival to broaden opportunities for women and people of color in the film industry

Oh honey, she is amazing. Total presence and energy on screen, she has always had an utterly unique look and feel which undoubtedly comes from her intelligence and drive. She has a passion to create and improve upon anything within her scope – which is apparently everything. It is gratifying that she uses her visibility to call attention to and work for the things she is passionate about.

Gratifying and inspiring! What will your “what’s next” be?