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Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an American actress. She has worked in films and television since 1969, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking. She had also been nominated for the award for four films before that and has received other recognition for her work. She is also noted for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.

Sarandon, the eldest of nine children in a Roman Catholic family, was born as Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, as the daughter of Leonora Marie (née Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin (26 September 1917 – 26 March 1999), who worked as an advertising executive, television producer, and nightclub singer during the big band era. Sarandon's father was of English, Irish and Welsh ancestry, and her Italian American mother's ancestors emigrated from Sicily. Sarandon attended Roman Catholic schools. She grew up in Edison, New Jersey, where she graduated from Edison High School in 1964. She then attended The Catholic University of America, from 1964 to 1968, and earned a BA in drama and worked with noted drama coach and master teacher, Father Gilbert V. Hartke.

Sarandon began a relationship with fellow college student Chris Sarandon, in 1964, and they married on September 16, 1967. After their separation, Sarandon discussed their relationship in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine in 1978, in which she stated "I no longer believe in marriage". They divorced in 1979 and she retained Sarandon as her stage name.

In the late 1970s, Sarandon had a two-year relationship with director Louis Malle, who directed her in Pretty Baby and Atlantic City.

In the mid-1980s, Sarandon dated director Franco Amurri, with whom she had a daughter in 1985, actress Eva Amurri.

From 1986 to 2009, Sarandon was in a relationship with actor Tim Robbins, whom she met while she filmed Bull Durham. They had two sons — Jack Henry (born 1989) and Miles Guthrie (born 1992).

Sarandon and Robbins often worked together on the same social and political causes. In 2006, Sarandon received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award.[16] 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 also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival that is dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18. In 2006, Sarandon and 10 of her 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. In 2006, she also received the "Ragusani nel mondo" prize, since she had recently discovered her Sicilian roots, in Ragusa, Italy.

One of her favorite hobbies is playing table tennis. She is involved in a New York Table Tennis Club, Spin; a club that she frequents when she doesn't film.


Year Title Role
1970 Joe Melissa Compton
1971 Lady Liberty Sally
1971 The Apprentice Elizabeth Hawkins
1974 Lovin' Molly Sarah
1974 Front Page, TheThe Front Page Peggy Grant
1975 Great Waldo Pepper, TheThe Great Waldo Pepper Mary Beth
1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show, TheThe Rocky Horror Picture Show Janet Weiss
1976 Dragonfly Chloe
1977 Checkered Flag or Crash C.C. Wainwright
1977 Other Side of Midnight, TheThe Other Side of Midnight Catherine Alexander Douglas
1977 Great Smokey Roadblock, TheThe Great Smokey Roadblock Ginny
1978 Pretty Baby Hattie
1978 King of the Gypsies Rose
1979 Something Short of Paradise Madeline Ross
1980 Atlantic City Sally Matthews
1980 Loving Couples Stephanie
1982 Tempest Aretha Tomalin
1983 Hunger, TheThe Hunger Dr. Sarah Roberts
1983 Who Am I This Time? Helene Shaw
1984 Buddy System, TheThe Buddy System Emily
1985 Compromising Positions Judith Singer
1986 Women of Valor Col. Margaret Ann Jessup
1987 Witches of Eastwick, TheThe Witches of Eastwick Jane Spofford
1988 Bull Durham Annie Savoy
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Sandra Boon
1989 January Man, TheThe January Man Christine Starkey
1989 Dry White Season, AA Dry White Season Melanie Bruwer
1990 White Palace Nora Baker
1991 Thelma & Louise Louise Elizabeth Sawyer
1992 Player, TheThe Player Herself
1992 Light Sleeper Ann
1992 Bob Roberts Tawna Titan
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Michaela Odone
1994 Client, TheThe Client Regina 'Reggie' Love
1994 Little Women Margaret 'Marmee' March
1994 Safe Passage Margaret 'Mag' Singer
1995 Dead Man Walking Sister Helen Prejean
1996 James and the Giant Peach Miss Spider
1998 Twilight Catherine Ames
1998 Illuminata Calimene
1998 Stepmom Jackie Harrison
1999 Our Friend, Martin Mrs. Clark
1999 Cradle Will Rock Margherita Sarfatti
1999 Anywhere but Here Adele August
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Alice Neel
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Coco LaBouche
2001 Cats & Dogs Ivy
2001 Goodnight Moon Narrator
2002 Igby Goes Down Mimi Slocumb
2002 Banger Sisters, TheThe Banger Sisters Lavinia Kingsley
2002 Moonlight Mile Jojo Floss
2002 Little Miss Spider Narrator
2003 Ice Bound Dr. Jerri Nielsen
2004 Noel Rose Collins
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Herself
2004 Shall We Dance Beverly Clark
2004 Alfie Liz
2005 Elizabethtown Hollie Baylor
2005 Romance & Cigarettes Kitty
2006 Irresistible Sophie
2007 Mr. Woodcock Beverly Farley
2007 In the Valley of Elah Joan Deerfield
2007 Enchanted Queen Narissa
2007 Emotional Arithmetic Melanie Lansing Winters
2007 Bernard and Doris Doris Duke
2008 Speed Racer Mom Racer
2008 Middle of Nowhere Rhonda Berry
2009 Greatest, TheThe Greatest Grace Brewer
2009 Peacock Fanny Crill
2009 Leaves of Grass Daisy Kincaid
2009 Solitary Man Nancy
2009 Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely Bones Grandma Lynn
2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Sylvia Moore

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