Thelma and Louise Ride Again: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon Team up for Charity Event

Mark Deming
Movie Talk
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis at a charity gala in Beverly Hills on Thursday
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis at a charity gala in Beverly Hills on Thursday

Just keep these two away from a vintage Thunderbird convertible and everything should be fine.

Twenty-two years after co-starring in the iconic, Oscar-winning road movie "Thelma and Louise," Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon reunited on the red carpet at a charity event in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Appropriately enough, Davis and Sarandon appeared at "Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table," a fundraiser for programs that seek to empower women in the fight against global hunger.

Davis and Sarandon hardly look like more than two decades have passed since they both earned Oscar nominations for "Thelma and Louise" — though the presence of Sarandon's equally gorgeous daughter Eva Amurri Martino, who was only six years old when the movie came out, serves as a potent reminder of how much time has passed.

Susan Sarandon as Louise and Geena Davis as Thelma
Susan Sarandon as Louise and Geena Davis as Thelma

While both Geena David and Susan Sarandon were stars when "Thelma and Louise" arrived in theaters in 1991, but the film, which earned five Oscar nominations and one win (for best screenplay), kicked both actresses into the upper levels of the A-list.

After making her screen debut with a small but memorable role in 1982's "Tootsie," Davis impressed both critics and audiences in 1986's "The Fly" and 1988's "Beetlejuice" and won a Best Supporting Oscar for her role in 1988's "The Accidental Tourist." But "Thelma and Louise" paved the way for her starring role in another blockbuster, 1992's "A League of Their Own," and she went on to co-star with Dustin Hoffman in "Hero," played the female lead in the "Stuart Little" franchise, and portrayed the first female President of the United States in the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV series "Commander in Chief," which debuted in 2005.

Sarandon, meanwhile, was a comparatively old hand in the game when she made "Thelma and Louise." She made her screen debut in the 1970 hippies-vs.-hardhats drama "Joe," and was a regular on the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow." After accumulating a diverse list of credits that included "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Pretty Baby," Bull Durham," and "The Witches of Eastwick," "Thelma and Louise" confirmed that Sarandon was a major box-office draw. Since then, she's been one of the busiest actresses in the business, appearing in more than 45 feature films, including "The Client," "Little Women," "Stepmom," and "Enchanted," winning an Academy Award for 1995's "Dead Man Walking." Sarandon has appeared in a number of television projects — including recurring roles on "The Big C," "Rescue Me," and "30 Rock" — all the while finding time to support a variety of charitable and political causes.

"Thelma and Louise" didn't hurt the career of another charitable celebrity: Brad Pitt. It was one of his first roles to connect with critics and audiences, and he's since gone on to … well, being Brad Pitt, in all of his Hollywood top dog glory.

While a sequel to "Thelma and Louise" is impossible for obvious reasons (watch the movie again if you don't know what that means), seeing Davis and Sarandon together again on the red carpet ignites hope that the two will team up on another film. Perhaps someone should whip up a script where they play a pair of detectives on the trail of some bad guys? From the look of the two actresses these days, they're more than ready to set the screen on fire ... again!