Susan Sarandon Biography

Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Film Actress(1946–)
Susan Sarandon is an Academy Award-winning American film actress known for roles in films like Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise and Dead Man Walking.

Synopsis

American film actress Susan Sarandon was born on October 4, 1946, in New York City. After college, Sarandon began acting, and in 1975 she landed a role in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Dead Man Walking (1995), and received Oscar nominations for her roles in Atlantic City (1980), Thelma and Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and The Client (1994). Other notable films include The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and Bull Durham (1988).

Early Career

Actress and activist Susan Sarandon was born on October 4, 1946, in New York City. She graduated from the Catholic University of America in 1968 with a BA in drama and not long after made her film debut in Joe (1970). After a few other film roles, Sarandon landed a part in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), a campy musical, which has developed quite a cult following over the years.

Career Highlights

Sarandon earned her first Academy Award nomination for Atlantic City (1980) starring opposite screen legend Burt Lancaster. But her career really seemed to pick up steam later that decade with appearances in The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and Bull Durham (1988). In The Witches of Eastwick, she played one of three women seduced by the devil (Jack Nicholson) and developed special powers. This lighthearted battle of good versus evil showed Sarandon’s comedic talents. In Bull Durham, she played smart and sexy baseball groupie “Annie Savoy” who becomes involved with one of the players — “Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh” played by Tim Robbins. Robbins would become her partner in real life.

Susan Sarandon made one of her most memorable films Thelma and Louise (1991), co-starring with Geena Davis as two friends on a road trip turned wrong. Her portrayal of the tough, protective, and somewhat broken Louise brought her another Academy Award nomination. Sarandon was also nominated for Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and The Client (1994). She played a nun in the gritty and powerful drama Dead Man Walking (1995) and won her first Academy Award for her performance.

Later Roles

In 2009, Sarandon returned to Broadway in a critically acclaimed production of Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King, playing Queen Marguerite to Geoffrey Rush's King Berenger. On the big screen, Sarandon took on a supporting role in The Lovely Bones (2009), a film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, in addition to roles in various films and TV series, including The Big C (2012), Arbitrage (2012), Cloud Atlas (2012), Tammy (2014) and The Meddler (2015). 

In 2017, Sarandon played screen legend Bette Davis, co-starring with Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, in FX's series Feud. The television show, developed by Ryan Murphy, focused on the legendary bitter rivalry between the two Hollywood icons.

Activism

Outspoken on many issues, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins spoke about the plight of Haitian HIV-positive refugees during the 1993 Academy Awards ceremony when they appeared as presenters. In 1999, she became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. and she has been active in supporting various political and human rights causes. In 2006, Sarandon was one of the celebrities that joined antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan in a fast against the war in Iraq. She also received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006. In 2016, she was an outspoken supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Personal Life

Sarandon was married to actor Chris Sarandon from 1967 to 1979. She has three children: a daughter Eva from a relationship with filmmaker Franco Amurri and two sons, Jack and Miles, with Tim Robbins. She and Robbins split in the summer of 2009, after being together for 23 years. 

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