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Also Known As: Susan Abigail Tomalin Died:
Born: October 4, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jackson Heights, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, model

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As well known for her political activism as for her varied screen roles, actress Susan Sarandon defied being stereotyped in both her career and her personal life. The former Ford model, often playing seductive older women, demonstrated throughout her career considerable range and fearlessness, excelling equally as devoted mother and sultry screen siren. Though her film debut was in 1970, Sarandon made her first measurable impression as the wide-eyed, WASP-ish ingénue in the long-running "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), then achieved critical acclaim and an Oscar nod as a casino worker run afoul with the mob in "Atlantic City" (1980). But it was her performance as the sexy baseball groupie in "Bull Durham" (1988) that propelled her to stardom. What followed was a string of Oscar-nominated roles in "Thelma & Louise" (1991), "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992) and "The Client" (1994) that paved the way for Academy Award gold with a strong, dignified performance as a Catholic nun fighting for the redemption of a death row inmate (Sean Penn) in "Dead Man Walking" (1995). Though her career slacked a bit following that performance - especially in ill-received films like "The Banger Sisters" (2002) and "Elizabethtown"...

As well known for her political activism as for her varied screen roles, actress Susan Sarandon defied being stereotyped in both her career and her personal life. The former Ford model, often playing seductive older women, demonstrated throughout her career considerable range and fearlessness, excelling equally as devoted mother and sultry screen siren. Though her film debut was in 1970, Sarandon made her first measurable impression as the wide-eyed, WASP-ish ingénue in the long-running "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), then achieved critical acclaim and an Oscar nod as a casino worker run afoul with the mob in "Atlantic City" (1980). But it was her performance as the sexy baseball groupie in "Bull Durham" (1988) that propelled her to stardom. What followed was a string of Oscar-nominated roles in "Thelma & Louise" (1991), "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992) and "The Client" (1994) that paved the way for Academy Award gold with a strong, dignified performance as a Catholic nun fighting for the redemption of a death row inmate (Sean Penn) in "Dead Man Walking" (1995). Though her career slacked a bit following that performance - especially in ill-received films like "The Banger Sisters" (2002) and "Elizabethtown" (2005) - Sarandon nonetheless kept working as a sultry leading lady, well past the age most actresses found themselves struggling to maintain their careers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Calling, The (2014)
2.
 Ping-Pong Summer (2014)
4.
 Tammy (2014)
5.
 Snitch (2013)
6.
 Still of Night (2013)
7.
 Big Wedding, The (2013)
8.
 Hell & Back (2012)
9.
 Cloud Atlas (2012)
10.
 That's My Boy (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY and raised in Metuchen, NJ
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Began career as a model with the Ford Agency
1970:
Screen debut in "Joe"; had accompanied then-husband Chris Sarandon to his audition for the film but she was hired instead
1970:
First regular TV role, appeared on the ABC daytime soap "A World Apart"
1972:
Broadway debut as Tricia Nixon in Gore Vidal's "An Evening With Richard Nixon and . . ."
1972:
Acted on the daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, NBC)
1974:
Played the fictionalized heroine in the TV dramatization "F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles" (ABC)
1975:
Co-starred as newlywed Janet in cult hit "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
1975:
Was leading lady to Robert Redford in "The Great Waldo Pepper"
1978:
First film with director Louis Malle, "Pretty Baby" playing Brooke Shields' prostitute mother
1980:
Reteamed with Malle for "Atlantic City"; earned first Best Actress Oscar nomination playing a young casino employee who falls for older Burt Lancaster
1980:
Off-Broadway debut in "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking"
1982:
Acted with John Cassavetes and wife Gena Rowlands in Paul Mazursky's "Tempest," loosely based on Shakespeare's play
1982:
Starred opposite Christopher Walken in the acclaimed PBS drama "Who Am I This Time?"
1983:
Love scene with Catherine Deneuve in Tony Scott's "The Hunger" created a minor furor
1985:
Starred as a housewife investigating a murder in the comedy-drama "Compromising Positions"; was pregnant with first child during filming which was noticably visible in some scenes
1985:
Co-starred as Edda Ciano, the dictator's daughter in the HBO miniseries "Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce"
1987:
First film with director George Miller, "The Witches of Eastwick"
1988:
Met companion Tim Robbins while co-starring in hit comedy "Bull Durham"
1990:
Portrayed older waitress who becomes involved with younger yuppie James Spader in "White Palace"
1991:
Co-starred with Geena Davis in the female buddy film "Thelma & Louise," directed by Ridley Scott; earned second Best Actress Oscar nomination
1991:
Made cameo appearance as herself in Robert Altman's "The Player," starring Robbins
1992:
Reteamed with Miller for "Lorenzo's Oil," earning her third Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1992:
Played small role in Robbins' feature directing debut "Bob Roberts"
1994:
Portrayed the matriarch of the March family in Gillian Armstrong's "Little Women"
1994:
Picked up a fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination for her turn as a non-nonense Southern attorney in "The Client"
1995:
Starred in Robbins' "Dead Man Walking" opposite Sean Penn; finally won Oscar as Best Actress; Robbins' nomination as Best Director made them the first couple since Cassavetes and Rowlands to be jointly nominated for their work together
1996:
Provided the voice of the Spider for "James and the Giant Peach"
1998:
Cast as a movie star married to Gene Hackman who calls upon old friend detective Paul Newman for assistance in Robert Benton's "Twilight"
1998:
Co-starred with Ed Harris and Julia Roberts in the comedy-drama "Stepmom"; also served as executive producer
1999:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1999:
Starred as a single mother of a teenager in Wayne Wang's "Anywhere But Here"
1999:
Made cameo appearance in Robbins' feature "The Cradle Will Rock"
2000:
Had cameo role as painter Alice Neel in "Joe Gould's Secret," directed by Stanley Tucci
2000:
Provided the voice for Coco La Bouche in the animated film "Rugrats in Paris ¿ The Movie"
2001:
Voiced the dog Ivy in the feature "Cats & Dogs"
2001:
Made guest appearance on an episode of "Friends" (NBC) playing a soap opera actress; received Emmy nomination
2002:
Played the title character's mother in "Igby Goes Down"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2002:
Co-starred with Goldie Hawn in "The Banger Sisters"
2002:
Co-starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Moonlight Mile"
2004:
Cast as Richard Gere's wife in "Shall We Dance?" a remake of the 1996 Japanese film
2004:
Starred opposite Jude Law in "Alfie," a remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine
2005:
Played Orlando Bloom's mother in Cameron Crowe's drama "Elizabethtown"
2005:
Co-starred as James Gandolfini's wife in "Romance & Cigarettes," directed by John Turturro
2006:
Guest starred on several episodes of Denis Leary's FX drama "Rescue Me"
2007:
Co-starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah"
2007:
Played the evil queen in Disney's modern-day animation and live-action fairy tale "Enchanted"
2008:
Played Mom Racer in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"
2008:
Portrayed tobacco millionairess Doris Duke in the HBO film "Bernard and Doris"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a TV-movie
2009:
Returned to Broadway after more than 30 years as the elder ex-wife of a dying monarch, portrayed by Aussie actor Geoffrey Rush, in Eugene Ionesco's drama "Exit The King"
2009:
Played the grandmother of a young girl who is murdered in the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2010:
Played the mother of twin sons (Edward Norton) in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"
2010:
Appeared in Oliver Stone directed sequel "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
2010:
Co-starred as Hemlock Society activist Janet Good in the Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, played by Al Pacino; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie ("You Don't Know Jack")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("You Don't Know Jack")
2012:
Co-starred in "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" opposite Jason Segel and Ed Helms
2012:
Re-teamed with Richard Gere as husband and wife in financial thriller "Arbitrage"
2012:
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
2012:
Co-starred with director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
2013:
Cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in action drama "Snitch"
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Education

Edison High School: Edison , New Jersey - 1964
The Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1964 - 1968
The Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1964 - 1968

Notes

"Yes, in hindsight I'm proud of myself that I took an absolutely humiliating experience and turned it into a fairly decent performance. I was given my role very shortly before we began shooting. I learned a lot from 'Witches of Eastwick', more to do with life lessons than acting. I learned a lot about the business, I learned a lot about blaming yourself for being taken advantage of, and how destructive that can be. And then I worked with [director] George Miller again, so what can I say?"---Susan Sarandon speaking about her experience on "The Witches of Eastwick" in Movieline, January-February, 1995.

"Well, I was always political. I was arrested in high school for Vietnam and civil rights protests and all kinds of things. When I was little, I would always make sure that my dolls alternated their clothes, I didn't want one to always be dressed nicer than the other."---Susan Sarandon quoted in Premiere, January 1996.

"I've started to go to the gym for the first time in years. I worry about keeping my strength up. I don't mind lines and wrinkles, but I'm not happy if I start to look kind of droopy ... I've read that by the time you get into your 70s you've kind of moved beyond gender and just become a force. You're beyond the expectations and limitations that gender throws upon you. If I could end up like Melina Mercouri or Jeanne Moreau, where you can still see that fire, that would be fine."---Sarandon to Premiere, January 1996.

About attracting negative press at the 1992 Academy Awards ceremony when she spoke out about the plight of HIV-positive Haitian refugees incarcerated by the US government at Guantanamo Bay: "Those people were so desperate that they were on a hunger strike. Most of them were very ill and they were choosing to die rather than live under the conditions that Amnesty International had already said were completely inhuman. Nothing was being done. It was my tax money keeping them there, so if it meant going on the air at a widely-publicized event and for 26 seconds drawing attention to it, and getting them out the next day, I have no regrets, absolutely."

Sarandon makes it clear that disrupting the Oscar ceremony did not come easliy to her. "I was raised a good Catholic girl, and you don't make waves. You smile, and you keep the conversation going, and you try to make everything go smoothly. I just felt there was no other choice. And the fact of the matter was, it worked. The last thing you want to do is to end up in a situation like in the 50s, where people were afraid to open their mouths. The right to speak out is what's great about this country."---Susan Sarandon, The Hollywood Reporter SHOWEST Talent Special Issue, March 12, 1998.

"I am a very ordinary person who just happens to be in an extraordinary position. I can garner the media attention that these causes so desperately need, and frankly, it's a good use of my time. But I don't put in even part of the hours that the people who run these organizations, day in and day out. Those are the real heroes we should be honoring."---Susan Sarandon in Daily Variety, March 10, 1998.

"The gift of acting is just numerous incarnations. Forget about walking in somebody else's moccasins. You're in their house. You're in their clothes. You're in their head. You're in their lives. When you do that it can all be reduced to what do people need? They want to be loved, they're afraid of dying, they want to reach out."---Susan Sarandon on acting to Paul Fischer of Cranky Critic, 2002.

"I think what makes a person sexy at any age is that they seem like they're saying yes to life, however that manifests itself."---Sarandon quoted to Diane Sawyer for Primetime on ABC, Sept. 22, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Chris Sarandon. Actor. Married on September 16, 1967; divorced in 1979.
companion:
Louis Malle. Director. Had two-year relationship in the late 1970s; directed Sarandon in "Pretty Baby" (1978) and "Atlantic City" (1980).
companion:
Sean Penn. Actor, director. Together briefly in 1984.
companion:
Franco Amurri. Director. Father of Sarandon's daughter.
companion:
Tim Robbins. Actor. Met on the set of "Bull Durham" (1988); have two sons together; directed her in "Bob Roberts" (1992) "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and "The Cradle Will Rock" (1999).
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father:
Phillip Leslie Tomalin. Big band singer, TV and advertising executive.
mother:
Lenora Marie Tomalin.
brother:
Terry Tomalin. Sportswriter.
daughter:
Eva Amurri. Actor. Born March 15, 1985; father, Franco Amurri; made screen debut in small role in "Dead Man Walking"; played opposite mother in "The Banger Sisters".
son:
Jack Henry Robbins. Born May 1989; father, Tim Robbins; godfather, Ron Shelton.
son:
Miles Guthrie Robbins. Born May 5 1992; father, Tim Robbins; godfathers are Gore Vidal and Robert Altman.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Susan Sarandon" Prometheus Books

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