Friday, Mar 28, 2014 5:00p -
Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union
775 Commonweatlh Ave. Second Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Lectures & Conferences, Performing Arts, University
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center & the Bette Davis Foundation will honor actor Geena Davis with the presentation of the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, March 28 at 5:00 PM in Metcalf Hall. Davis will reflect on her career and discuss the work of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Event: Academy Award winner, & Boston University Alumna Geena Davis to receive Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM Exhibition Opens, 6:00 PM Awards Ceremony
Location: Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Ave, Second Floor)
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Call 617-353-3696 or visit http://www.bu.edu/archives
Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief.
In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon.
A long-time advocate for women, Davis is recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters -- and reduce gender stereotyping -- in media made for children 11 and under.
Davis serves on the California Commission on the Status of Women and is a partner with UNIFEM in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls, to encourage media to present and investigate issues of grave importance to women and to use a “gender” lens when reporting.
The Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award puts Davis in the prestigious company of previous recipients such as Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Bacall and Prince Edward.
Started in 1963 as Special Collections and renamed in 2003 to honor it's founder the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center houses an extensive collection of documents and memorabilia, from individuals in the fields of journalism, poetry, dance, music, theatre, television and political and religious movements. HGARC strives to be a source of education and enrichment for members of the university and local community as well as researchers from around the world.