Susan Sarandon

     
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Real Name: Susan Abigail Tomalin
Birthday: 10/04/1946
Birth Place: Jackson Heights, New York
Education: Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, drama and English, BA, 1968

 

Biography:

Susan Sarandon has defied typecasting, both in her Hollywood career, and her private life. The former Ford model shows tremendous range in accepting her acting roles. And she is one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood. 

After debuting as the daughter in "Joe" (1970), and following with with "Lovin' Molly", and Billy Wilder's "The Front Page", and the female lead opposite Robert Redford in George Roy Hill's "The Great Waldo Pepper" (1975),  Susan Sarandon gained attention  in the hit "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), as one half of the "straight" couple who find themselves deserted among Transylvanian sexual weirdoes. 

Her next two roles were more controversial, as the prostitute mother of a twelve-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields in "Pretty Baby" (1978), and the lesbian lover of vampire Catherine Deneuve in Tony Scott's "The Hunger" (1983). Sarandon then earned her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in "Atlantic City" (1980).

Sarandon made her first television appearance in the daytime drama "A World Apart" (1970-71), then appeared in movies and miniseries including "June Moon" (1974), "Who Am I This Time?" (1982), the Roman miniseries "A.D." (1985) and "Women of Valor" (1986). She has lent her voice talents to many documentaries, narrating "Your Water, Your Life" (1988), "Postpartum: Beyond the Blues" (1989), "Living in America" (1991,  "From Fury to Forgiveness" (1994), "One Woman, One Vote" (1995) and "Secrets of the Humpback Whale" (1998). 

Sarandon also starred as a woman taken hostage in a bank robbery in the 1999 movie "Earthly Possessions", based on the book by Anne Tyler.Susan also received an Emmy nomination for her 2001 guest appearance as a soap opera star in an episode of  "Friends".


She followed with a role in "The Witches of Eastwick" starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfieffer (1987), and then then appeared in "Bull Durham" with Kevin Costner, the 1988 comedy which introduced her to Tim Robbins - her future husband in real life. Next up was a string of hits like "Sweet Hearts Dance" (1988), "The January Man" and "A Dry White Season"(1989) and "White Palace" (1990). Sarandon won her second Oscar nomination for Ridley Scott's "Thelma & Louise" starring Brad Pitt (1991), pulling in a whole new era of young fans as the level headed Louise opposite Geena Davis' erratic character Thelma.

She struck gold in "Lorenzo's Oil" (all 1992), where her role as a mother whose devotion to her sick son turns her into an uncaring, self-righteous mother won her another Academy Award nomination. Joel Schumacher next cast her in "The Client" (1994), a legal thriller adapted from the John Grisham bestseller. Though Sarandon fought with Tommy Lee Jones, her true leading man was the talented young actor Brad Renfro. For her work, she grabbed a fourth Oscar nomination as Best Actress. She then was hired and cast as the mother in "Safe Passage" (1994), with Nick Stahl, and "Little Women" (1994) featuring a young Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, and Christian Bale.

Susan Sarandon then took the part of activist Sister Helen Prejean in "Dead Man Walking", where she wore no makeup as the nun who acts as spiritual counselor to death row killer Sean Penn. The Best Actress award was hers that year. 

After lending her voice to a spider in the animated comedy "James and the Giant Peach" (1996), she graced Robert Benton's "Twilight" (1998). Susan then took a back seat, allowing Julia Roberts to shine in Chris Columbus' "Stepmom" (1998). She then starred in Wayne Wang's "Anywhere But Here" starring Natalie Portman (1999), as a mother dealing with a new love and an unruly teen girl, before working again with Robbins in "The Cradle Will Rock" (1999) featuring Jack Black and Bill Murray.

Sarandon then provided her voice for two more animated projects, "Rugrats in Paris - The Movie" (2000), and "Cats & Dogs" starring Jeff Goldblum (2001). Working next to Goldie Hawn, she played a former groupie in "The Banger Sisters" (2002). Susan then was hired and cast as the title character's dying mother in "Igby Goes Down" starring Kieran Culkin and Claire Danes (2002), and wrapped the year starring alongside Dustin Hoffman as a married couple who take in their deceased daughter's fiancÚ in "Moonlight Mile".

It was clear, Susan Sarandon was a bankable Hollywood movie star and everybody wanted to see more of her!

Next was the role of Richard Gere's wife in "Shall We Dance?" with Jennifer Lopez (2004), where she grows anxious that her husband's new obsession with dance classes point to something more serious for their failing marriage. That year Sarandon also appeared as one of Jude Law's romantic lovers in "Alfie," playing Liz, a businesswoman with a fresh approach to sex and being naked. More television work followed with "The Exonerated" (2005), the story of six wrongly convicted people whose death row sentence was ultimately overturned by the hard work of dedicated lawyers. 

The actress then worked with Cameron Crowe to play Orlando Bloom's mother, whose sadness over the sudden loss of her husband is seen by her endless string of new, distracting hobbies, in the romantic comedy "Elizabethtown" featuring Kirsten Dunst and Jessica Biel (2005). The movie "Elizabethtown" gave Susan one of the most memorable scenes of her career as her character gives an unusual eulogy at her husband's memorial. She next starred as an evil queen attempting to keep a princess from finding her true love in Manhattan in Disney's animated tale, "Enchanted" working with Patrick Dempsey.


In 2008, Sarandon starred in the John Stockwell comedy-drama "Middle Of Nowhere" (2008), about an irresponsible mother who blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign. Then she worked alongside John Goodman in the thriller-adventure "Speed Racer" (2008), about a man named Speed Racer, who is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. 

In 2009 Sarandon starred in the Peter Jackson horror-drama "The Lovely Bones" starring Mark Wahlberg, about a young girl who was brutally raped and murdered, and watches the effects of her death on her family from Heaven, as her parents drift apart, her father becomes obsessed with vengeance and her sister grows into the woman she would never be. Also in 2009 was "The Colossus" with Colin Firth, about an ornithologist at the turn of the 20th century who transports hundreds of songbirds to an ailing prime minister in South Africa and falls for a political activist trying to stop the impending Boer War.

In 2010 Sarandon teamed up with Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf for the “Wall Street” sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) Where now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.

In 2011 Sarandon moved back to comedy for “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” (2011) working with Jason Segel and Ed Helms – the story about a young slacker, Jeff, who is sent from his basement room on an errand for his mother and spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

2012 was an amazing year for Sarandon with a total of 10 project ranging from comedy to TV appearances with Tina Few and Alec Baldwin on the hit series “30 Rock”.

2012 started with the sci-fi comedy drama “Robot and Frank” (2012) – a movie set in the near future where and is an offbeat buddy movie about an elderly ex-jewel thief and his new caretaker robot. Also that year Susan took a small role in the thriller “The Company You Keep” (2012) starring Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf. The movie is a thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.

Sarandon then provided the narration for the biography “Irwan and Fran” (2012) about life with Professor Irwin Corey and his wife Fran - Irwin is 97 years old and is a well-known outspoken comedian/political satirist. Fran is 95 and his wife of 70 years.

Susan then jumped back to comedy teaming up with Adam Sandler and Andy Samburg for “That’s My Boy” (2012) your typical Sandler comedy where faced with a bill for back-taxes, a foul-mouthed hedonistic playboy arrives on his straight-laced son's doorsteps just before his wedding day. More comedy followed in a supporting role in “The Wedding” (2012) starring Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, and Topher Grace where a long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.

Sarandon then teamed with Tom Hanks for sci-fi mystery “Cloud Atlas” (2012), Six stories set in a different time and place become intricately related to each other. Another thriller followed with a role in “Snitch” (2012) starring Dwayne Johnson where a father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.

Sarandon wrapped her year as Abigail Pratt in the comedy “Hemlock Drive” (2012) where in most small New England towns, keeping up with the Joneses is not that daunting of a task. However, keeping up with the Pratts is an altogether different story.

 

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