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Susan Sarandon

(born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress.

She was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City to Phillip Leslie Tomalin (who had Irish, Welsh, and English ancestry) and Italian-born (Ragusa, Sicily) Lenora Marie Criscione. She grew up in a large Catholic family of nine children. She graduated from Edison High School in 1964, and then attended The Catholic University of America from 1964 to 1968 where she attained a BA in drama.

In 1969, Susan went to a casting call for the film Joe with her then husband Chris Sarandon; although he did not get a part, she received the major role of the disaffected teen who disappears into the seedy underworld (the film was released in 1970). Susan did not follow up on the success of that movie, taking roles in lesser films such as Lovin' Molly; it was five more years before she appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a cult classic. That same year, she also played the female lead in The Great Waldo Pepper, opposite Robert Redford. Susan was nominated for an Oscar in 1980 for Atlantic City, but was still not a "household name" until the 1988 film Bull Durham.

Sarandon received four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s, finally winning in 1996 for Dead Man Walking. Her other movies include, Stepmom (1998), Anywhere But Here (1999), Cradle Will Rock (1999) (portraying Mussolini's mistress), The Banger Sisters (2002), Shall We Dance (2004), Alfie (2004), Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and Elizabethtown (2005).

Sarandon was slated to appear in The Simpsons as herself, in an episode to air in spring 2006; she has appeared on the show once before as a ballet teacher. She has also made appearances on the shows Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Mad TV, Chappelle's Show, and Rescue Me. She is also noted for frequently appearing in her movies dressed in off-shoulder garments.

Sarandon was attacked for speaking out against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has confirmed that she would not play "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan in an upcoming movie.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Sarandon


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