Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon

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Exhibition Label
Geena Davis born 1957
Born Wareham, Massachusetts
Susan Sarandon born 1946
Born New York City
In June of 1991, this photograph appeared on a Time magazine cover with the heading "Why Thelma & Louise Strikes A Nerve." Opening in the summer of 1991, the movie Thelma & Louise caused quite a stir—feminists rejoiced at the sight of two strong female leads, while a few newspaper reviews panned the movie as "degrading to men." Just over twenty years old, the movie is still without equal for exploring not only the friendship of two women, but also the path they take to escape from their past lives. Both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were nominated for Best Actress Oscars, and Callie Khouri won an Academy Award for best original screenplay. Davis and Sarandon continue to star in movies today and both are involved in many social and political causes. In 2007 Davis started the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and in 1999 Sarandon was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Timothy White, born 1956
Geena Davis, born 1957
Susan Sarandon, born 4 Oct 1946
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Timothy White
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Geena Davis: Female
Geena Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Geena Davis: Oscar
Susan Sarandon: Female
Susan Sarandon: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Susan Sarandon: Oscar
Color photograph on paper
Sheet (Verified): 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11")
National Portrait Gallery