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Advice from Dustin Hoffman

Advice from Dustin Hoffman

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Geena Davis on the wise words she received from her mentor, Dustin Hoffman, about working in Hollywood.

Geena's Biography

Taking aim Geena started doing archery at 41; she made it to the Olympic trials at 43.

Brainy Geena is a member of Mensa, an organization whose members have IQs in the top 2 percent of the world.

Domestically skilled, circumstantially "I don't want to make plain spaghetti but I'll make puffy pastry swans for you." 

Geena Davis has made a career of supporting groundbreaking female characters. She made her Hollywood debut in “Tootsie,” starring opposite Dustin Hoffman. Davis won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Thelma & Louise.” She also starred as baseball player Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.” More recently, she won a Golden Globe for her role as the first female President of the United States in ABC’s “Commander in Chief.”



While watching children’s entertainment with her young daughter, Davis was shocked at the lack of female characters. In 2007, she launched The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization focused on increasing the presence of female characters in media and reducing stereotyping. The Institute has gathered the largest body of research on gender prevalence in entertainment. Davis is an official partner of UN Women and serves as Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union.


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