Geena Davis made her acting debut in the 1982 picture Tootsie, one of her first box-office successes. Yet her performance in Thelma and Louise cemented Davis’s place as a leading lady.
Davis could use her own experiences with a common health condition to create her character in one of her later efforts, Marjorie Prime.
The 2017 film adaption of the science-fiction picture is around an 85-year-old woman experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and her daughter Tess (Davis) and son-in-law Jon (Tim Robbins) strive to bring her solace.
They use a service called Prime to help Alzheimer’s patients by making holographic projections of deceased family members. Davis was able to put her own emotions into playing her character due to her own mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s.
“I found it is moving,” Davis said of her relationship to the sickness.
“I had a lot of stuff to work with and interesting topics to tackle, plus my mother had Alzheimer’s, so the idea of losing a loved one in dribs and drabs struck a chord with me.”
The actor then discussed the intriguing subject of memory and how the film delves into how memories are used. “I just found it intriguing,” she continued.
“I felt the idea of memory – how we recall things, losing memories, and all that – was fascinating. And quite emotional.”
“It’s a very practical issue to examine. I don’t mind carrying [a project] home with me, but it made me think about my personal life more than any other film I’ve worked on.”
Davis added that the notion that whenever someone remembers something, they’re recalling the last time they pondered that memory, not the memory itself, was “life-changing” for her.
She didn’t go into more detail regarding her mother’s experience with the degenerative condition.
“I had never heard the concept before reading it in the script, and I was genuinely astonished,” she continued.
“It’s altered my life. It does not appeal to me! The thought has disappointed me greatly, and I’m trying to convince myself that it’s not real. But it’s difficult when things fade from your or others’ recollections.”
On the other hand, Davis appears to be thriving in her old age rather than fearing the disease, which tends to harm older individuals.
In 2020, the actress stated that she believes she has grown wiser and more in touch with herself as she ages.
“I honestly feel that every year has grown better,” she stated at the time, now 66.
“My motto has always been, if a person can do it, I can do it,” she continued.
“It’s a tad ambitious, but I truly believe there are no boundaries to what we can do and learn at any age.”
According to the NHS, Alzheimer’s disease is the most frequent cause of dementia in the UK. Although the etiology of Alzheimer’s is unknown, various distinct variables are believed to enhance an individual’s risk of acquiring the disorder, characterized by a progressive deterioration in brain functioning.
Because the problem is progressing, it is critical to acquire a diagnosis as soon as possible before symptoms worsen. Individuals must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease to do so.