Geena Davis is a Total Badass: Video Proof That Women Over 50 Are Awesome

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It’s a weird thing to admit, but I bought my current home because it reminded me of Geena Davis’s New England Victorian home (where she lives in purgatory, and haunts the Deetz’s) from Beetlejuice, one of my Top Ten movies of all time (hey, I love dark comedies). She took a part that could have been totally silly-stupid in less-capable hands, and made a complex, relatable character for the ages, starring across from a very young-looking Alec Baldwin. And let’s not even get into how great she was in Thelma & Louise. 

Of course, Geena Davis is way more than just one character she has played, and even more than just her career as an actress; this Mensa member was also a finalist for the Olympic archery team, speaks Swedish and has always stood tall in her 6′ frame. Check out her still-amazing arrow-shooting skills and general badassery in the funny video below, where she shoots down the common, crummy attitudes about women’s aging. 

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Starre Vartan

Starre Vartan has been covering eco fashion, natural beauty, ethical travel, and sustainable design for over a decade. She's written for magazines (Whole Living, Metropolis) and online (Huffington Post, MNN,, Inhabitat) and she has been honored as a thought leader by Glamour and Self magazines, as well as quoted in the New York Times (thrice). She's the author of "The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green" (St. Martin's Press) which was based on her longrunning blog, Starre was born Down Under in Sydney, Australia and has dual citizenship with the United States, as she grew up and was educated in the Hudson Valley of New York. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She splits her time between the Connecticut coast and Manhattan and loves to read, hike, snowboard, horseback ride, travel, and she will swim in almost anything (from lake to sea, cenote to mountain swimming hole).