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Susan Sarandon

Birth Name: 
Susan Abigail Tomalin
Birthday: 
Thursday, October 4, 1956
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Birth Place: 
New York City, New York, USA
Height: 
5'7"

It was shortly after the 1968 Democratic convention and there was a casting call for a film with several roles for the kind of young people who had disrupted the convention. Two graduates of Catholic University in Washington DC, went to the audition in New York for Joe (1970). Chris Sarandon, who had studied to be an actor, was passed over. His wife Susan got a major role.

That role was as "Susan Compton", the daughter of ad executive "Bill Compton" (Dennis Patrick). In the movie, "Dad Bill" kills Susan's drug dealer boyfriend and next befriends "Joe" (Peter Boyle), a bigot who works on an assembly line and who collects guns. Five years later, Sarandon made the film where fans of cult classics have come to know her as "Janet", who gets entangled with transvestite "Dr. Frank 'n' Furter" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Shortly after that, the Sarandons separated and eventually divorced after twelve years of marriage.

Nearly two decades after beginning her career, Sarandon, at last, actively campaigned for a great role, "Annie" in Bull Durham (1988), flying at her own expense from Rome to Los Angeles. "It was such a wonderful script ... and did away with a lot of myths and challenged the American definition of success", she said. "When I got there, I spent some time with Kevin Costner, kissed some ass at the studio and got back on a plane". Thereafter, she began a romance with the twelve-years-younger Bull Durham (1988) supporting actor, Tim Robbins, and reached the position of being offered roles that really challenged her. The result was four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s and best actress for Dead Man Walking (1995). Her first Academy Award nomination was for Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1980). (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

1996 - Won - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Dead Man Walking)
1995 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Client)
1993 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Lorenzo's Oil)
1992 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Thelma & Louise)
1982 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Atlantic City)

News

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Susan Sarandon Joins Showtime's 'The Big C' for Major Arc

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon has booked a multiepisode arc on Season 3 of Showtime's The Big C. On the dark comedy, created by Darlene Hunt, Laura Linney stars as Cathy, a woman diagnosed with cancer who is determined to make the most out of her life.... Read more
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Susan Sarandon goes to 'Wall Street 2'

Susan Sarandon is negotiating to join the Oliver Stone-directed "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" for 20th Century Fox.... Read more
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Reviews

Cloud Atlas

To say Cloud Atlas is an ambitious title would be an understatement. Translating a novel into a film is difficult enough, and Cloud Atlas features six intertwining stories across various time periods.... Read more
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Joseph Campbell: Mythos the Complete Series

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That's My Boy

Adam Sandler has been in a downward spiral with multiple Razzie nominations for practically every film he’s recently released. People still flock to see them, though. Perhaps they’re hoping for another Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore.... Read more
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Who Do You Think You Are?: Season 1

While you may not directly care about the celebrities featured in this season, if you are interested in genealogy, you will probably enjoy this documentary series, especially considering that America is a melting pot consisting of people with vastly different origins, family histories, and backgr... Read more
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The Greatest

"The Greatest." What to say? A wonderful family drama that brings together a broken family by a death and a birth. There isn't much more than that. Perfect acting and a storyline to break anyone's heart. Even mine.... Read more
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Videos

The Calling (UK Trailer #1)

The Calling (UK Trailer #1)

The Calling starring Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland ... Read more
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The Calling (Trailer #1)

The Calling (Trailer #1)

The Calling starring Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace ... Read more
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The Last Of Robin Hood (Trailer #1)

The Last Of Robin Hood (Trailer #1)

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Tammy (Trailer #1)

Tammy (Trailer #1)

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The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding starring Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace ... Read more
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