Virginia Elizabeth “Geena” Davis, who grew up on Main Street in Wareham and is a member of Wareham High’s class of 1974, shot to fame as an actress, but has become almost as well known as an activist involved in a variety of causes.
The daughter of civil engineer Bill Davis and teacher’s aide Lucille Davis, Davis graduated from Boston University and is a member of Mensa, the high IQ society.
She won an Oscar in 1988 for her role in “The Accidental Tourist,” was nominated for best actress in 1991 for “Thelma and Louise,” and won a 2006 Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama series for “Commander in Chief.”
Other films included “The Fly,” with former husband Jeff Goldblum, and “A League of Their Own” (Golden Globe nomination).
Davis, an archer, fell short of qualifying for the 2000 Olympic Games, but remained active in such causes as “Geena Takes Aim,” the Women’s Sports Foundation effort to support Title IX.
Bates College awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2009 for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which tries to increase female characters in media aimed at children.
SOURCES: Internet Movie Database, HuffingtonPost.com, Biography.com, USAToday.comInternet Movie Database, HuffingtonPost.com, Biography.com, USAToday.com