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Susan Sarandon

The extremely versatile actress Susan Sarandon brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role from her fearless portrayal in Bull Durham to her Oscar-nominated performances in Thelma and LouiseLorenzo's OilThe Client and Atlantic City, to her Academy Award-winning and SAG Award-winning role in Dead Man Walking as Sister Helen, a nun consoling a death-row inmate.

Sarandon has been seen in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps for director Oliver Stone; in Lovely Bones for director Peter Jackson; Enchanted; Speed Racer for Larry and Andy Wachowski; Elizabethtown for director Cameron Crowe; Shall We Dance?; The Banger Sisters; Mr. Woodcock; In the Valley of Elah for director Paul Haggis; Alfie; Moonight Mile; Igby Goes Down; Romance and Cigarettes; Twilight; Step Mom; and The Hunger

Sarandon made her acting debut in the movie Joe, which she followed with a continuing role in the TV drama A World Apart. Her early film credits include The Great Waldo PepperLovin' MollyBilly Wilder's The Front Page and the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I n 1978 she played Brooke Shields' mother in Louis Malle's controversial Pretty Baby, and went on to receive her first Oscar nomination in Malle's Atlantic City

Her additional feature credits include: The Witches of EastwickCradle Will RockKing of the GypsiesCompromising PositionsThe January ManWhite PalaceThe Buddy SystemSweet Hearts DanceA Dry White SeasonBob RobertsLight SleeperLittle Women and Safe Passage

On Broadway, Sarandon appeared in Gore Vidal's An Evening with Richard Nixon, and received critical acclaim for her performances off-Broadway in A Coupla of White Chicks Sitting Around Talkin' and the thriller Extremities. She also appeared, off-off-Broadway, in the moving post-September 11 stage play The Guys. I n 2009, she returned to Broadway and starred in Exit the King with Geoffrey Rush.

The hard-working actress has made a career of choosing diverse and challenging projects, both in film and television. In 2008 she received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in the HBO film Bernard and Doris, as well as a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. She received an Emmy and SAG nomination for her work in Barry Levinson's You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino for HBO.

Sarandon starred in the 2003 CBS Movie Ice Bound as Dr. Jerri Nielon - based on Nielson's real-life survival story - and as Princess Wensicia Corrino in the ScyFy Channel mini-series Children of Dune. Sarandon also appeared in the TV movie The Exonerated, directed by Bob Balaban.

She also starred in HBO's Earthly Possessions, based on the Anne Tyler novel and directed by James Lapine; in the CBS movie Women of Valor; and the HBO mini-series Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce, opposite Bob Hoskins and Anthony Hopkins.

She has made guest appearances on 30 Rock and in the Mother Lover video on Saturday Night Live

In addition to her many on screen credits, she lent her vocal talents to the animated features Rugrats in ParisJames and the Giant Peach and Cats & Dogs, and provided narration to many documentaries, including Laleh Khadivi's documentary 900 Women, about female prison inmates.

Upcoming films include I Hate You Dad with Adam Sandler, Arbitrage with Richard Gere, Robot and Frank with Frank Langella, and Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry for the Wachowskis.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.
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Susan Sarandon Facts

Birth NameSusan Abigail Tomaling
BirthdayOctober 4, 1946 (76)
BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey, USA
Height5' 7½" (1m71)  How tall is Susan Sarandon compared to you?
Awards1996 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Dead Man Walking)
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (for Dead Man Walking)
1995 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Leading Role (for The Client)

Selected Filmography

Bernard and Doris
The Meddler
Speed Racer
Rugrats In Paris: The Movie
Mr. Woodcock
The Lovely Bones
The Witches of Eastwick
Classical Baby: The Music Show
James and the Giant Peach
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