Susan Abigail Sarandon (née Tomalin; born October 4, 1946 in New York City, New York) is an American actress. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Dead Man Walking and a British Academy Award for Best Actress for The Client.
Sarandon began her career in the 1970 film Joe and appeared in the soap opera A World Apart from 1970 to 1971. She has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, for Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo's Oil, The Client and Dead Man Walking for which she finally won. On television, she has received five Emmy nominations, including for Bernard & Doris and You Dont Know Jack. Her other films include The Great Waldo Pepper, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pretty Baby, The Hunger, The Witches of Eastwick, Bull Durham, White Palace, Little Women, Stepmom, Igby Goes Down, Enchanted, The Lovely Bones, Arbitrage, and 3 Generations.
She is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of progressive causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
She was married to Chris Sarandon from 1967-1979.
- Alliterative Name: Susan Sarandon, though it isn't her birth name.
- Big Breast Pride: Averted. When a men's magazine voted her rack "Celebrity Breasts of the Summer," she replied by saying "They're really over-rated." She subsequently subverted the aversion, though, in that later comments about her breasts clearly show that she takes pride in them and isn't afraid to show them off in dresses or talk about them in conversation if she feels like it. When criticized once for showing them off, she simply replied with a picture of herself in bra. She's said that she doesn't object to doing nude scenes, but she's fully aware that no-one in the audience will remember her next line after she takes her top off.
- Bourgeois Bohemian: She and her former partner Tim Robbins are possibly the foremost examples within Hollywood.
- Evil Redhead: Every time she's a villain.
- Fiery Redhead: Her most common role.
- Silver Fox: Most of her recent roles.
- Large Ham: She has a tendency to be this.
- Older Than They Look: She certainly doesn't look 70.