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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon
Sarandon at the premiere of 2015 Toronto Film Festival
Born Susan Abigail Tomalin
(1946-10-04) October 4, 1946
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, U.S.
Residence Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.
Alma mater The Catholic University of America
Occupation Actress
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Chris Sarandon (1967–1979)
Partner(s) Tim Robbins (1988–2009)
Children 3; including Eva Amurri

Susan Abigail Sarandon (; née Tomalin; born October 4, 1946)[1] is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

Sarandon began her career in the 1970 film Joe, before appearing in the soap opera A World Apart (1970–71). She made her Broadway debut in An Evening with Richard Nixon in 1972, and went on to receive Drama Desk Award nominations for the Off-Broadway plays, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (1979) and Extremities (1982). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Atlantic City (1980), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and The Client (1994), before winning for Dead Man Walking (1995). She has also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Client and the SAG Award for Best Actress for Dead Man Walking.

On television, she is a five-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2002), and the TV films Bernard and Doris (2007) and You Don't Know Jack (2010). She returned to Broadway in the 2009 revival of Exit the King. Her other films include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Pretty Baby (1978), The Hunger (1983), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Bull Durham (1988), White Palace (1990), Little Women (1994), Stepmom (1998), Igby Goes Down (2002), Enchanted (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Arbitrage (2012) and Tammy (2014).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Activism 4
    • Recognition 4.1
  • Filmography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City.[2] She is the first of nine children born to Lenora Marie (née Criscione; b. 1923)[3] and Phillip Leslie Tomalin (1917-1999), an advertising executive, television producer, and one-time nightclub singer. She has a brother, Philip Jr.[4][5] Her father was of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry,[6] his English ancestors being from Hackney in London and his Welsh ancestors being from Bridgend. On her mother's side, she is of Italian descent, with ancestors from the regions of Tuscany and Sicily.[4][7][8] Sarandon was raised Roman Catholic and attended Roman Catholic schools. She grew up in Edison, New Jersey,[9][10] where she graduated from Edison High School in 1964.[11][12] She then attended The Catholic University of America, from 1964 to 1968,[13] where she began dating actor Chris Sarandon. They were married in 1967.


Sarandon went to a casting call for the motion picture, Joe, in 1969, with her then-husband, Chris Sarandon. Although he did not get a part, she was given a major co-starring role in the film, which was released in 1970. Between 1970 and 1972, Sarandon appeared on the soap operas A World Apart and Search for Tomorrow, playing the roles of Patrice Kahlman and Sarah Fairbanks, respectively. On film, she acted in The Apprentice and Mario Monicelli's Lady Liberty (both 1971). She was in the TV movie The Rimmers of Eldrich in 1974. In 1974, she co-starred in a film remake of The Front Page, and later appeared as Anthony Perkins' character's neglected wife in Lovin' Molly. In 1975, she starred as Janet in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That same year, she starred opposite Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper. In Pretty Baby (1978), Sarandon played Brooke Shields's character's prostitute mother. On stage, she received Drama Desk Award nominations for her work in the Off-Broadway plays A Coupla White Chicks Siting Around Talking (1979) and Extremities (1982)

Susan Sarandon's hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Sarandon received her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance in Atlantic City (1980). In 1983 she appeared in Tony Scott's The Hunger, which generated controversy due to her lesbian love scene with Catherine Deneuve.[14] In 1987, she played Jane in The Witches of Eastwick, opposite Jack Nicholson. One of her biggest commercial successes came in 1988 when she starred in Bull Durham with Kevin Costner. In 1989 Sarandon co-starred with Marlon Brando in A Dry White Season, followed by White Palace (1990) with James Spader. In the early 1990s Sarandon received three more Academy Award nominations for her roles in Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and The Client (1994). In 1995, she won the award for Dead Man Walking. In 1994 Sarandon was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.[15]

Additional film performances include King of the Gypsies (1978), Tempest (1982), Compromising Positions (1985), Little Women (1994), Stepmom (1998), Anywhere but Here (1999), Cradle Will Rock (1999), The Banger Sisters (2002), Shall We Dance (2004), Alfie (2004), Romance & Cigarettes (2005), Elizabethtown (2005) and Enchanted (2007). Sarandon has appeared in two episodes of The Simpsons, once as herself ("Bart Has Two Mommies") and as a ballet teacher, "Homer vs. Patty and Selma". She appeared on Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Mad TV, Saturday Night Live, Chappelle's Show, 30 Rock, Rescue Me and Mike & Molly.

Sarandon has contributed the narration to two dozen documentary films, many of which dealt with social and political issues.[16] In addition she has served as the presenter on many installments of the PBS documentary series, Independent Lens. In 1999 and 2000 she hosted and presented Mythos, a series of lectures by the late American mythology professor Joseph Campbell.[17] Sarandon also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films made for children between the ages of 3 and 18.[18]

Sarandon joined the cast of the adaptation of The Lovely Bones, opposite Rachel Weisz, and appeared with her daughter, Eva Amurri, in Middle of Nowhere; both films were made in 2007.[19][20] In June 2010 Sarandon joined the cast of the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, as Patty Atwood, a Broadway director/choreographer.[21] However, the series was not picked up.[22] In 2012 Sarandon's audiobook performance of Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding was released at[23] Sarandon was the voice actor for the character of Granny Rags, an eccentric and sinister old lady, in the stealth/action video game Dishonored, released in 2012.

Personal life

While in college, she met fellow student Chris Sarandon and the couple married on September 16, 1967.[24] They divorced in 1979, but she retained the surname Sarandon as her stage name.[25] She then had a relationship with Louis Malle, who directed her in Pretty Baby and Atlantic City.[24] Sarandon had a relationship with musician David Bowie around the time they worked together on the film The Hunger (1983), which she describes as "a really interesting period."[26] In the mid-1980s Sarandon dated Italian filmmaker, Franco Amurri, and she gave birth to their daughter, actress Eva Amurri, on March 15, 1985.[25] From 1988 to 2009 Sarandon was in a relationship with actor Tim Robbins, whom she met while they were filming Bull Durham.[27] They have two sons  – Jack Henry (born May 15, 1989) and Miles Guthrie (born May 4, 1992).[25][28] On March 1, 2014, the documentary Storied Streets, produced by Sarandon and directed by Jack Henry Robbins was released. The film deals with homelessness across the United States.[29][30][31]

In 2006, Sarandon and ten relatives, including her then-partner, Tim Robbins, and her son, Miles, travelled to Wales to trace her family's Welsh genealogy. Their journey was documented by the BBC Wales programme, Coming Home: Susan Sarandon.[8] Much of the same research and content was featured in the American version of Who Do You Think You Are?. She also received the "Ragusani nel mondo" prize in 2006; her Sicilian roots are in Ragusa, Italy.[32] Sarandon is the co-owner of New York table tennis club SPiN,[33][34] and its Toronto branch SPiN Toronto.[35]

Sarandon split with her long-time partner, Robbins. Following the dissolution of her relationship, she began a relationship with Jonathan Bricklin (born on May 13, 1977), son of Malcolm Bricklin. They operated the SPiN ping-pong lounges together[36] and met on a road trip to Chile in early 2010.[37] They have since broken up.


Sarandon is noted for her active support of social, environmental and economic justice."[39] Sarandon has expressed support for various human rights causes that are similar philosophically to ideas found among the Christian left.[40]

In 1995, Sarandon was one of many Hollywood actors, directors and writers interviewed for the documentary UNICEF Committee.

Sarandon at an event in 2010

During the 2000 election, Sarandon supported Ralph Nader's run for president, serving as a co-chair of the National Steering Committee of Nader 2000.[41] During the 2004 election campaign, she withheld support for Nader's bid, being among several "Nader Raiders" who urged Nader to drop out and his voters offer their support for Democratic Party candidate John Kerry.[42] After the 2004 election, Sarandon called for US elections to be monitored by international entities.[43]

Sarandon and Robbins both took an early stance against the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream founder Ben Cohen.[46][47] In 2003 she appeared in a "Love is Love is Love" commercial, which promoted the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The next year, in 2004, she served on the advisory committee for 2004 Racism Watch, an activist group.[48] She hosted a section of the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2005. In 2006, she was one of eight women selected to carry in the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, in Turin, Italy.

Along with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Sarandon took part in a 2006 Mother's Day protest, which was sponsored by Code Pink;[49] she has expressed interest in portraying Sheehan in a film.[50] In January 2007, she appeared with Robbins and Jane Fonda at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. in support of a Congressional measure to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq.[51]

In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Sarandon and Tim Robbins campaigned[52] for John Edwards in the New Hampshire communities of Hampton,[53] Bedford and Dover.[54] When asked at We Vote '08 Kickoff Party "What would Jesus do this primary season", Sarandon said, "I think Jesus would be very supportive of John Edwards."[55]

Sarandon was appointed an FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 2010. “I am proud to help draw everyone’s attention to the very real and dramatic problems of hunger, food insecurity and extreme poverty,” she said.

On March 12, 2011, Sarandon spoke before a crowd in Iraq War.[60][61]

As a result of her work in the movie, Dead Man Walking, in which she portrayed Sister Helen Prejean, Sarandon has become an advocate to end the death penalty and mass incarceration. She has now joined the team of people fighting to save the life of Richard Glossip, a man who is on death row in Oklahoma.[62]

In May 2015, Sarandon launched a campaign with fundraising platform to sell T-shirts to help finance the documentary Deep Run, the story of a poor North Carolina teen undergoing a gender transition.[63]


In 2006, Sarandon received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award.[64] She was honored for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS and a spokesperson for Heifer International.

Sarandon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Stockholm International Film Festival, was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2010,[65] and received the Outstanding Artistic Life Award for her Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival.[66] In 2015, she also received the Goldene Kamera international lifetime achievement award.[67]

Sarandon was invited to inaugurate the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2013 in Goa.[68]


Awards and nominations


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