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Geena Davis to be honored with Bette Davis award

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Geena Davis is about to be in pretty good company, if not a league of her own. The Oscar-winning actress and Wareham native has been chosen by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and the Bette Davis Foundation for a lifetime achievement award. Geena Davis, a 1979 BU grad whose acting career took off in 1982 when Sydney Pollack cast her in the award-winning comedy “Tootsie,” has been at it ever since. She won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1988’s “The Accidental Tourist.” In addition to acting, Davis, 58, is the founder and chairwoman of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which advocates for greater gender balance in TV and film. The award will be presented at BU on March 28. Prior Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement winners include Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, and Britain’s
Prince Edward
.

James H. Burnett III can be reached at james.burnett@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesBurnett.
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