Susan Sarandon

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  1. Past due that this woman has a thread of her own :biggrin:

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    Susan Abigail Sarandon (/səˈrændən/; née Tomalin; born October 4, 1946) is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

    Sarandon began her career in the 1970 film Joe, before appearing in the soap opera A World Apart (1970–71). In 1975, she starred in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Atlantic City (1980), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and The Client (1994), before winning for Dead Man Walking (1995). She has also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Client, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress for Dead Man Walking.

    She made her Broadway debut in An Evening with Richard Nixon in 1972, and went on to receive Drama Desk Award nominations for the Off-Broadway plays, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (1979) and Extremities (1982). She returned to Broadway in the 2009 revival of Exit the King.

    On television, she is a five-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2002), and the TV films Bernard and Doris (2007) and You Don't Know Jack (2010). Her other films include Pretty Baby (1978), The Hunger (1983), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Bull Durham (1988), White Palace (1990), Little Women (1994), Stepmom (1998), Igby Goes Down (2002), Enchanted (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Arbitrage (2012) and Tammy (2014).

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    Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City. She is the eldest of nine children born to Lenora Marie (née Criscione; b. 1923) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin (1917–1999), an advertising executive, television producer, and one-time nightclub singer.

    She has four brothers: Philip Jr., Terry, Tim and O'Brian and four sisters: Meredith, Bonnie, Amanda and Missy. Her father was of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry, his English ancestors being from Hackney in London and his Welsh ancestors being from Bridgend. On her mother's side, she is of Italian descent, with ancestors from the regions of Tuscany and Sicily. Sarandon was raised Roman Catholic and 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.

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    In 1969, Sarandon went to a casting call for the motion-picture Joe with her then husband Chris Sarandon. Although he did not get a part, she was cast in a major role of a disaffected teen who disappears into the seedy underworld (the film was released in the summer of 1970). Between 1970 and 1972, she appeared on the soap operas A World Apart and Search for Tomorrow, playing Patrice Kahlman and Sarah Fairbanks, respectively.

    In 1975, she appeared in the cult favorite The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That same year, she also played the female lead in The Great Waldo Pepper, opposite Robert Redford. Her first controversial film appearance was in Pretty Baby in 1978, a prostitution drama directed by Louis Malle. On stage, she received Drama Desk Award nominations for her work in the Off-Broadway plays A Coupla White Chicks Siting Around Talking (1979) and Extremities (1982).


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    Sarandon's performance in Atlantic City (1980) earned her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. In 1983 she co-starred in Tony Scott's The Hunger, a modern vampire story in which she had a lesbian sex scene with Catherine Deneuve.

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    One of her biggest commercial successes came in 1987 with The Witches of Eastwick alongside Jack Nicholson, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer. However, Sarandon did not become a "household name" until her A-list breakthrough in the 1988 film Bull Durham, where she starred opposite Kevin Costner.

    Sarandon received four more Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, in Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), and The Client (1994), finally winning in 1995 for Dead Man Walking. She was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1994.

    Additional film performances include White Palace (1990), Little Women (1994), Stepmom (1998), Anywhere but Here (1999), The Banger Sisters (2002), Shall We Dance (2004), Alfie (2004), Romance & Cigarettes (2005), Elizabethtown (2005) and Enchanted (2007). Sarandon has appeared in two episodes of The Simpsons, once as herself ("Bart Has Two Mommies") and as a ballet teacher, "Homer vs. Patty and Selma". She appeared on Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Mad TV, Saturday Night Live, Chappelle's Show, 30 Rock, Rescue Me and Mike & Molly.

    Sarandon has contributed the narration to two dozen documentary films, many of which dealt with social and political issues. In addition she has served as the presenter on many installments of the PBS documentary series, Independent Lens. In 1999 and 2000 she hosted and presented Mythos, a series of lectures by the late American mythology professor Joseph Campbell. Sarandon also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films made for children between the ages of 3 and 18.

    Sarandon joined the cast of the adaptation of The Lovely Bones, opposite Rachel Weisz, and appeared with her daughter, Eva Amurri, in Middle of Nowhere; both films were made in 2007 In June 2010 Sarandon joined the cast of the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, as Patty Atwood, a Broadway director/choreographer. However, the series was not picked up. In 2012 Sarandon's audiobook performance of Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding was released at Audible.com. Sarandon was the voice actor for the character of Granny Rags, an eccentric and sinister old lady, in the stealth/action video game Dishonored, released in 2012.

    Source: Wikipedia

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  2. Personal Life and Activism

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    Sarandon is noted for her active support of progressive and liberal political causes, ranging from donations to organizations such as EMILY's List, to participating in a 1983 delegation to Nicaragua sponsored by MADRE, an organization that promotes "social, environmental and economic justice." Sarandon has expressed support for various human rights causes that are similar philosophically to ideas found among the left-wing supporters.

    In 1995, Sarandon was one of many Hollywood actors, directors and writers interviewed for the documentary The Celluloid Closet, which looked at how Hollywood films have depicted homosexuality. In 1999, she was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In that capacity, she has actively supported the organization's global advocacy, as well as the work of the Canadian UNICEF Committee.[27]

    During the 2000 election, Sarandon supported Ralph Nader's run for president, serving as a co-chair of the National Steering Committee of Nader 2000. During the 2004 election campaign, she withheld support for Nader's bid, being among several "Nader Raiders" who urged Nader to drop out and his voters offer their support for Democratic Party candidate John Kerry. After the 2004 election, Sarandon called for US elections to be monitored by international entities.

    Sarandon and Robbins both took an early stance against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, with Sarandon stating that she was firmly against war as a pre-emptive strike. Prior to a 2003 protest sponsored by the United for Peace and Justice coalition, she said that many Americans "do not want to risk their children or the children of Iraq". Sarandon was one of the first to appear in a series of political ads sponsored by TrueMajority, an organization established by Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream founder Ben Cohen. In 2003 she appeared in a "Love is Love is Love" commercial, which promoted the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The next year, in 2004, she served on the advisory committee for 2004 Racism Watch, an activist group. She hosted a section of the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2005. In 2006, she was one of eight women selected to carry in the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, in Turin, Italy.

    Along with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Sarandon took part in a 2006 Mother's Day protest, which was sponsored by Code Pink; she has expressed interest in portraying Sheehan in a film.In January 2007, she appeared with Robbins and Jane Fonda at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. in support of a Congressional measure to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq.

    In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Sarandon and Tim Robbins campaigned for John Edwards in the New Hampshire communities of Hampton, Bedford and Dover. When asked at We Vote '08 Kickoff Party "What would Jesus do this primary season", Sarandon said, "I think Jesus would be very supportive of John Edwards."

    Sarandon was appointed an FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 2010. "I am proud to help draw everyone’s attention to the very real and dramatic problems of hunger, food insecurity and extreme poverty," she said.

    On March 12, 2011, Sarandon spoke before a crowd in Madison, Wisconsin protesting Governor Scott Walker and his Budget Repair Bill.On September 27, 2011, Sarandon spoke to reporters and interested parties at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City. Her use of the term "Nazi" to describe Pope Benedict XVI on October 15, 2011, created controversy, generating complaints from Roman Catholic authorities, and the Anti-Defamation League, which called on Sarandon to apologize. Sarandon's mother Leonora Tomalin is a staunch Republican, a supporter of George W. Bush and the Iraq War.

    As a result of her work in the movie, Dead Man Walking, in which she portrayed Sister Helen Prejean, Sarandon has become an advocate to end the death penalty and mass incarceration. She has joined the team of people fighting to save the life of Richard Glossip, a man who is on death row in Oklahoma. In May 2015, Sarandon launched a campaign with fundraising platform Represent.com to sell T-shirts to help finance the documentary Deep Run, the story of a poor North Carolina teen undergoing a gender transition.

    In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, she has made public her support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. On March 28, 2016 in an interview on All In with Chris Hayes, Sarandon indicated that she and other Sanders supporters might not support Hillary Clinton if Clinton is the Democratic nominee for President. She stated: "You know, some people feel that Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately. If he gets in, then things will really explode." Hayes inquired as to whether it would be dangerous to allow Trump to become president, to which she replied: "If you think that it's pragmatic to shore up the status quo right now, then you're not in touch with the status quo"

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    Personal Life

    While in college, she met fellow student Chris Sarandon and the couple married on September 16, 1967.They divorced in 1979, but she retained the surname Sarandon as her stage name.

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    She then had a relationship with Louis Malle, who directed her in Pretty Baby and Atlantic City.

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    Sarandon had a relationship with musician David Bowie around the time they worked together on the film The Hunger (1983), which she describes as "a really interesting period."

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    In the mid-1980s Sarandon dated Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri, and gave birth to their daughter, actress Eva Amurri, on March 15, 1985.

    From 1988 to 2009 Sarandon was in a relationship with actor Tim Robbins, whom she met while they were filming Bull Durham. They have two sons – Jack Henry (born May 15, 1989) and Miles Guthrie (born May 4, 1992). On March 1, 2014, the documentary Storied Streets, produced by Sarandon and directed by Jack Henry Robbins was released. The film deals with homelessness across the United States.

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    In 2006, Sarandon and ten relatives, including her then-partner, Tim Robbins and their 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. Much of the same research and content was featured in the American version of Who Do You Think You Are?. She also received the "Ragusani nel mondo" prize in 2006; her Sicilian roots are in Ragusa, Italy. Sarandon is the co-owner of New York ping-pong club SPiN,and its Toronto branch SPiN Toronto.

    Sarandon split with her long-time partner, Robbins, in 2009. Following the dissolution of her relationship, she soon began a relationship with Jonathan Bricklin, son of Malcolm Bricklin. They operated the SPiN ping-pong lounges together. Sarandon and Bricklin broke up in 2015.

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  3. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis: Hollywood hasn't had an epiphany since Thelma & Louise

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    Thelma & Louise, Ridley Scott’s 1991 road-trip classic starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as two empowered outlaws, is widely considered a feminist trailblazer. Its two stars, both nominated for Oscars for their performances, said they never saw it that way.

    “When we were making it, we weren’t making a feminist film – we were making a buddy film,” Sarandon said, seated next to Davis at the Cannes film festival on Sunday.


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    “Nobody making it had any idea that it was going to strike a nerve the way it did,” Davis concurred. “It caused a big stir that we were totally unprepared for. But it was fun.”

    The pair were reunited in Cannes on the film’s 25th anniversary for a discussion in the Majestic hotel’s roof garden. The talk was part of the Kering Women in Motion series held for the length of the festival.

    Thelma & Louise proved a watershed moment for women in Hollywood by being a Oscar-nominated hit written by a woman, Callie Khouri, and headlined by two female actors. But as Davis and Sarandon both lamented, it didn’t revolutionise the film industry. A recent study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, found that in the most popular films of 2007 to 2014, women had less than a third of speaking parts.

    Sarandon thinks Hollywood has only got worse for women. Asked by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, the event’s moderator, if Thelma & Louise could be commissioned by a major corporate studio today, Sarandon scoffed: “Maybe as an animation.”

    “I don’t think the studios have had an epiphany about women in film, because after Thelma & Louise, it didn’t happen. And that movie made a lot of ****ing money.”

    Davis added: “And that’s one of the really uncomfortable things, because when they said that, I believed it. It didn’t happen.”

    Davis, who heads the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, an organisation dedicated to improving gender balance in the entertainment industry, however, expressed hope.


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    “The thing about film is it can change overnight,” she said. “It isn’t like real life, where it takes so long to get women to be half of Congress or boards or CEOs. The next movie somebody makes can be gender balanced. We don’t have to sneak up on it, just do it.”

    Sarandon blamed the lack of roles for women in mainstream film on the “male executives making these decisions”.

    She added: “Hollywood has become more and more corporate and … the kind of people making those decisions and the basis on which they’re making those decisions. Whereas women can see a woman or a man in a leading role, I don’t think it’s as easy for a guy to see a woman in a leading role and say: ‘I’ll get behind that.’

    “I think it’s a cultural thing, and that’s part of what slows it down: a lack of imagination on the part of men.”

    “Hollywood isn’t political,” she added. “They just go with the money.”

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    On the topic of equal pay, an issue recently brought to the forefront by Patricia Arquette’s Oscar acceptance speech for Boyhood and Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter about being paid less than her male co-stars on American Hustle, Sarandon conceded that actors are paid a “preposterous amount”, but added: “why should we not be paid as preposterously as men?

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    “Comparing what mega stars make when half the world is starving doesn’t mean you should be ashamed of making that much money. It’s about respect – it’s not about the money.”

    And although Sarandon acknowledged that Hollywood caters to male actors, she also said that she “wouldn’t take a lot of the parts men are taking.”

    “It’s about quality,” Sarandon argued. “My time is precious.”

    She echoed those sentiments several hours later, at Cannes’ annual presidential dinner, hosted by the festival and Kering, where she and Davis were honoured for their contribution to film and women’s rights.

    “As we have more and more power in this particular industry, it’s important that we remember to have more fun than the guys are having,” Sarandon said, in accepting her Women in Motion award alongside Davis. “We want things that we feel passionate about. We want to tell stories about connection, about love, something that encourages people to be the protagonist in their own lives, something that is moving, something that is really feminine, something that is special.”

    Davis used the podium to call on Hollywood to give female audiences more of a reason to go to the cinema: “One of the best aspects of watching a movie, is identifying with the characters. If we’re not giving women that opportunity, we’re robbing them of one of the best parts of seeing a movie.”

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  4. Susan Sarandon blasts Woody Allen and Donald Trump at Cannes

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    Susan Sarandon did not hold back from airing her negative thoughts on Woody Allen, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Sunday, during a lively chat at the Cannes film festival.

    The subject of the Kering Women in Motion Talk, atop the Majestic Hotel, was the 25th anniversary of Thelma and Louise, with Sarandon accompanied by her co-star in that film, Geena Davis.

    But Sarandon, spurred by questions from the press, also addressed myriad other topics with typical abandon. (Most recently, Sarandon, a registered Democrat and avid Bernie Sanders supporter, courted controversy for saying she might abstain from voting for Clinton, should the former secretary of state win the nomination to contest the presidency with Trump.)

    A reporter asked the actor what she made of Allen’s comment at a press conference for his Cannes opener, Café Society, that he didn’t have “anything to really draw on” to one day make a film about a younger man and an older woman (his narratives often center on an older man and a much younger woman).

    Sarandon at first appeared to shut it down: “I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don’t think we should go there.”

    Pressed to elaborate, Sarandon said: “I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right … It’s gotten very quiet in here, but that’s true.”

    Sarandon was referring to allegations made by Allen’s daughter and brought back into the public eye this week by his son, Ronan Farrow. The allegations, which Allen denies, were investigated in 1993 but no charges were brought.

    Later, Sarandon was asked what a Trump presidency would look like. Sarandon said she did not imagine the billionaire businessman and Republic candidate winning, because “he’s alienated so many minorities and women”.

    But should he beat Clinton, Sarandon said Trump would not be able to enact many of his grand policies.

    “It doesn’t matter what [Trump] thinks because nothing will be able to happen,” she said. “The thing interesting about Trump is the things he’s talking about are impossible. They’re not what’s threatening. He’s obviously not going to build a wall; he’s not going to be able to export all the Muslims in the United States. All of those things are impossible to do.

    “What he did that was terrible is that he legitimatized racism and homophobia in order get that very discontented base that wants something authentic. What he did in the process was say, ‘It’s OK to be violent.’ That’s why he has the KKK as one of his representatives. That’s been really terrible, besides the fact that America looks ridiculous.”

    In fact, earlier this year, Trump hesitated to disavow an endorsement from a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. This week, it was revealed that the Trump campaign’s California delegates to the national convention included an avowed white nationalist.

    Sarandon praised Sanders for “activating minorities … people who have not been engaged in the political process before, especially millions of millennials”. She said she believed Sanders supporters would not let Trump go through with his agenda, and would fuel a widespread backlash, should he be elected president.

    Lastly, Sarandon targeted the American mainstream media for being “irresponsible”.

    “The election has exposed how lame the media is,” she said. “They weren’t even covering Bernie Sanders until he won Iowa. That’s why the millennials knew so much, because they were online. The mainstream media never paid attention to him.”

    When Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, who was moderating the event, pointed out that the media’s current narrative said Clinton would beat Sanders to win the Democratic nomination, Sarandon scoffed: “It’s been the narrative all along. I don’t agree with that narrative.”

    Referring to the continuing investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server while secretary of state, she said: “I think a lot can happen besides the fact that [Clinton] can be indicted at any moment. She stands a very good chance.”

    Source: The Guardian
     
  5. Her new movie, The Meddler is getting good reviews

     
  6. I like her. I was sad when she and Tim split.
     
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