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Susan Sarandon
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Biography

Height
5' 7 1/2"
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Mini biography

It was 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 recent 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 the major role of the daughter of an advertising executive. Dad kills her drug dealer boyfriend and befriends an opinionated assembly line worker 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 _Rocky Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975). More than 15 years 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". Her romance with the "Bull Durham" supporting actor, TimRobbins, had produced three sons by 1992 and put Sarandon in the position of leaving her domestic paradise only to accept 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). When Robert Hofler, writing a 1994 article for BUZZ, asked Sarandon whether it was difficult being directed by the man she lived with {Tim Robbins for "Dead Man Walking"), she answered: "I lived and worked with another director, and when you do that, you're in a real hostage situation. There are situations where you'd walk off the picture, but you can't walk because you've gotta go home and make the tuna melt". Hofler: "You're talking about Louis Malle?" Sarandon: "Yeah". Hofler: "Malle directed you in 'Pretty Baby' and 'Atlantic City'. Did working with him contribute to your breaking up? Sarandon: "Nah. I'd quote Proust on that one. It was just time."
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Spouse
Tim Robbins (1988 - present); 3 children
Chris Sarandon (1968 - 1968) (divorced)
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Trivia

(30 March 1999) Was arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest in New York over the unarmed shooting African immigrant Amadou Diallo by 4 policeman.

(October 1997) Ranked #35 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Attended Catholic University of America Drama School, 1964-1968. Met and married Chris Sarandon there (by priest who was head of Dept.).

Former "Ford" Model.

Has a daughter from relationship with Franco Amurri.

Has two children by Tim Robbins.

Children: Eva, born 1981, daughter with Italian film maker Franco Amurri Jack Henry Robbins, born 1986 Miles Robbins, born 1989 son with Robbins born in 1992/3 Sarandon is eldest of nine children, went to Catholic schools

(1996) chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful in the world

Landed her first Hollywood role when her then-husband, Chris Sarandon, took her along on one of his auditions

As co-presenters of the Academy Awards in 1993, Susan and her partner, Tim Robbins, seized a chance to bring public attention to the plight of a few hundred Haitians with Aids who had been interned in Guantanamo Bay.

Is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador
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Personal quotes


"I choose projects I can talk about for days because now you do publicity for as long as it took you to shoot the movie."

"I feel I've always been on the outside and always on the edge of an abyss. The women I portray, and the woman I am, are ordinary but maybe find themselves in extra-ordinary circumstances, and what they do is at great cost."

"Sexuality ... is something that develops and becomes stronger and stronger the older you get... If you can continue to say yes to life and to maintain a certain generosity of spirit, you become more and more of who you are."

"I think the only reason I remain an actor is that you can never quite get it right. So there is a challenge to it."

"If I were 22 and trying to build a career, I don't know who'd be watching the kids as happily as I do. It takes so much to get me to break out of domestic paradise. There's hardly anything that interests me as much as my family."

On Thelma & Louise after her nomination for best actress, 1992, "I was surprised that the film struck such a primal nerve. I knew when we were filming that it would be different, unusual and hopefully entertaining. But shocking? I guess giving women the option of violence was hard for a lot of people to accept."

Susan Sarandon stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
The Front Page 1974 DVD ***
Compromising Positions 1985 With Jessica *** 1/2
The Witches of Eastwick 1987 With Jessica **
Bull Durham 1988 With Jessica Digital ****
The January Man 1989 With Jessica **
Thelma and Louise 1991 1st at Showcase North Haven, 2nd with Judy in Cheshire Cinema Digital ****
Bob Roberts 1992 ** 1/2
Little Women 1994 in Chicago with Anne and Jean ***
The Client 1994 Don't Remember *** 1/2
James and the Giant Peach 1995 With Kim and kids Digital *** 1/2
Illuminata 1998 York Square w/ Bob Sandine, Neil Olsen and Mary Doyle ** 1/2
Cradle Will Rock 1999 At Neils with Bill, Neil and Lois Read **
Joe Gould's Secret 2000 at home with Nata DVD ***
Cats & Dogs 2001 w/ Kendra on DVD DVD ***
Igby Goes Down 2002 at Showcase Orange *** 1/2
Elizabethtown 2005 family on DVD ** 1/2
Enchanted 2007 Family and Aleah Digital ***
Speed Racer 2008 Family Digital *
Jeff, Who Lives at Home 2011 Suzy Digital *** 1/2
The Big Wedding 2013 Suzy Digital ** 1/2
Tammy 2014 Suzy Digital **