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Susan Sarandon



Simply by growing old gracefully, actress Susan Sarandon has defied the rules of Hollywood stardom: Not only has her fame continued to increase as she enters middle age, but the quality of her films and her performances in them has improved as well. Ultimately, she has come to embody an all-too-rare movie type -- the strong and sexy older woman. Born Susan Tomalin on October 4, 1946, in Queens, NY, she was the oldest of nine children. Even while attending the Catholic University of America, she did not study acting, and in fact expressed no interest in performing until after marrying actor Chris Sarandon. While accompanying her husband on an audition, Sarandon landed a pivotal role in the controversial 1970 feature Joe, and suddenly her own career as an actress was well underway. She soon became a regular on the daytime soap opera A World Apart and in 1972 appeared in the feature Mortadella.



Lovin' Molly and The Front Page followed in 1974 before Sarandon earned cult immortality as Janet Weiss in 1975's camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the quintessential midnight movie of its era. After starring with Robert Redford in 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper, Sarandon struggled during the mid-'70s in a number of little-seen projects, including 1976's The Great Smokey Roadblock and 1978's Checkered Flag or Crash. Upon beginning a relationship with the famed filmmaker Louis Malle, however, her career took a turn for the better as she starred in the provocative Pretty Baby, portraying the prostitute mother of a 12-year-old Brooke Shields. Sarandon and Malle next teamed for 1980's superb Atlantic City, for which she earned her first Oscar nomination. After appearing in Paul Mazursky's Tempest, she then starred in Tony Scott's controversial 1983 horror film The Hunger, playing a scientist seduced by a vampire portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. The black comedy Compromising Positions followed in 1985, as did the TV miniseries Mussolini and I. Women of Valor, another mini, premiered a year later.



While Sarandon had enjoyed a prolific career virtually from the outset, stardom remained just beyond her grasp prior to the mid-'80s. First, a prominent appearance with Jack Nicholson, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1986 hit The Witches of Eastwick brought her considerable attention, and then in 1988 she delivered a breakthrough performance in Ron Shelton's hit baseball comedy Bull Durham, which finally made her a star, at the age of 40. More important, the film teamed her with co-star Tim Robbins, with whom she soon began a long-term offscreen relationship. After a starring role in the 1989 apartheid drama A Dry White Season, Sarandon teamed with Geena Davis for Thelma and Louise, a much-discussed distaff road movie which became among the year's biggest hits and won both actresses Oscar nominations. Sarandon was again nominated for 1992's Lorenzo's Oil and 1994's The Client before finally winning her first Academy Award for 1995's Dead Man Walking, a gut-wrenching examination of the death penalty, adapted and directed by Robbins. Now a fully established star, Sarandon had her choice of projects; she decided to lend her voice to Tim Burton's animated James and the Giant Peach (1996). Two years later, she was more visible with starring roles in the thriller Twilight (starring opposite Paul Newman and Gene Hackman) and Stepmom, a weepie co-starring Julia Roberts. The same year, she had a supporting role in the John Turturro film Illuminata.



Sarandon continued to stay busy in 1999, starring in Anywhere But Here, which featured her as Natalie Portman's mother, and Cradle Will Rock, Robbins' first directorial effort since Dead Man Walking. On television, Sarandon starred with Stephen Dorff in an adaptation of Anne Tyler's Earthly Possessions, and showed a keen sense of humor in her various appearances on SNL, Chappelle's Show, and Malcolm in the Middle. After starring alongside Goldie Hawn in The Bang

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Spark: A Space Tail
  • Bananny
2017
20% Ace the Case: Manhattan Mystery
  • Detective Dottie Wheel
2016
19% Mothers and Daughters
  • Millie
2016
84% The Meddler
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet Saving Jamaica Bay
  • Actor
2016
89% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Hell & Back
  • Barb the Angel
2015
No Score Yet Radical Grace
  • Executive Producer
2015
45% About Ray
  • Dolly
2015
51% The Calling
  • Hazel Micallef
2014
30% The Last Of Robin Hood
  • Florence Aadland
2014
23% Tammy
  • Pearl
2014
58% Ping Pong Summer
  • Randi Jammer
2014
77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Irwin & Fran
  • Actor
2013
7% The Big Wedding
  • Bebe
2013
54% The Company You Keep
  • Sharon Solarz
2013
56% Snitch
  • Joanne Keeghan
2013
No Score Yet The Shaman's Apprentice
  • Actor
2013
66% Cloud Atlas
  • Madame Horrox/Older Ursula/Yusouf Suleiman/Abbess
2012
86% Arbitrage
  • Ellen Miller
2012
86% Robot & Frank
  • Jennifer
2012
20% That's My Boy
  • Mary McGarricle (Present Day)
2012
78% Jeff Who Lives at Home
  • Sharon
2012
No Score Yet Nothing Like Chocolate
  • Narrator
2012
No Score Yet Islamic Art: Mirror Of The Invisible World
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Mother
2011
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Jake's Mother
2010
80% Solitary Man
  • Nancy Kalmen
2010
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Daisy
2010
53% The Greatest
  • Grace Brewer
2010
No Score Yet Peacock
  • Fanny Crill
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet You Don't Know Jack
  • Janet Good
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
31% The Lovely Bones
  • Grandma Lynn
2009
No Score Yet Poliwood
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet One Giant Leap 2: What About Me?
  • Actor
2008
39% Speed Racer
  • Mom
2008
No Score Yet Middle of Nowhere
  • Rhonda
2008
No Score Yet On the Line
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Letter to Anna: The Story of Journalist Politkovskaya's Death
  • Narrator
2008
93% Enchanted
  • Queen Narissa
2007
No Score Yet Bernard and Doris
  • Doris Duke
2007
73% In the Valley of Elah
  • Joan Deerfield
2007
No Score Yet Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning
  • Melanie Winters
2007
13% Mr. Woodcock
  • Beverly
2007
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Kitty
2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Secrets of the Code
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Stardust: The Bette Davis Story
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars
  • Actor
2006
28% Elizabethtown
  • Hollie Baylor
2005
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Herself
2005
No Score Yet The Exonerated
  • Sunny Jacobs
2005
No Score Yet Irresistible
  • Sophie Hartley
2005
No Score Yet Peace DVD
  • Actor
2005
49% Alfie
  • Liz
2004
46% Shall We Dance
  • Beverly Clark
2004
No Score Yet Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes
  • Narrator
2004
No Score Yet Ethics And The World Crisis: A Dialogue With The Dalai Lama
  • Actor
2004
29% Noel
  • Rose
2004
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Whale in Montana
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet In the Company of Women
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars
  • Narrator
2004
No Score Yet Journey of the Heart: Henri Nouwen
  • Actor
2003
86% Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Nazi Officer's Wife
  • Narrator
2003
86% The Nazi Officer's Wife
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole
  • Dr. Jerri Nielsen
2003
No Score Yet The Peace! DVD
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet American Masters
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet June Moon
  • Actor
2002
63% Moonlight Mile
  • JoJo Floss
  • Executive Producer
2002
47% The Banger Sisters
  • Lavinia
2002
75% Igby Goes Down
  • Mimi
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet For Love of Julian
  • Narrator
2002
59% The Party's Over
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Rudyland
  • Narrator
2001
54% Cats & Dogs
  • Ivy
2001
83% Light Keeps Me Company
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Goodnight Moon
  • Actor
2001
75% Rugrats in Paris - The Movie
  • Coco LaBouche
2000
64% Anywhere but Here
  • Adele August
2000
67% Joe Gould's Secret
  • Alice Neel
2000
No Score Yet This is What Democracy Looks Like
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet Our Friend, Martin
  • Mrs. Clarke
1999
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Margherita Sarfatti
1999
38% Illuminata
  • Celimene
1999
No Score Yet Earthly Possessions
  • Charlotte Emory
1999
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Geisha
  • Host
1999
No Score Yet Fresco
  • Narrator
1999
44% Stepmom
  • Executive Producer
  • Jackie Harrison
1998
59% Twilight
  • Catherine Ames
1998
No Score Yet War Zone
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet The Shape of Speed
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Joseph Campbell: Mythos
  • Actor
1996
93% James and the Giant Peach
  • Spider
1996
96% The Celluloid Closet
  • Interviewee
1996
95% Dead Man Walking
  • Sister Helen Prejean
1995
54% Safe Passage
  • Mag
1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Jesus
  • Actor
1995
90% Little Women
  • Mrs. March
1994
80% The Client
  • Reggie Love
1994
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Narrator
1993
94% Lorenzo's Oil
  • Michaela Odone
1992
100% Bob Roberts
  • News Anchor Tawna Titan
1992
98% The Player
  • Herself
1992
89% Light Sleeper
  • Ann
1992
83% Thelma & Louise
  • Louise Sawyer
1991
60% White Palace
  • Nora Baker
1990
No Score Yet Through the Wire
  • Actor
1990
47% Erik the Viking
  • Actor
1989
81% A Dry White Season
  • Melanie Bruwer
1989
21% The January Man
  • Christine Starkey
1989
No Score Yet Monkey People
  • Narrator
1989
50% Sweet Hearts Dance
  • Sandra Boon
1988
97% Bull Durham
  • Annie Savoy
1988
73% The Witches of Eastwick
  • Jane Spofford
1987
No Score Yet Women of Valor
  • 1LT
1986
No Score Yet Uphill All the Way
  • Narrator
1986
No Score Yet Mussolini and I
  • Edda Mussolini-Ciano
1985
53% Compromising Positions
  • Judith Singer
1985
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
  • Actor
1984
48% The Hunger
  • Sarah Roberts
1983
No Score Yet The Buddy System
  • Emily
1983
71% Tempest
  • Aretha Tomalin
1982
No Score Yet Who Am I This Time?
  • Helene Shaw
1982
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - Set
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Loving Couples
  • Stephanie Beck
1980
100% Atlantic City
  • Sally
1980
No Score Yet Something Short of Paradise
  • Madeline Ross
1979
80% King of the Gypsies
  • Rose
1978
No Score Yet The Great Smokey Roadblock
  • Ginny
1978
80% Pretty Baby
  • Hattie
1978
No Score Yet Checkered Flag or Crash
  • C.C. Wainwright
1978
No Score Yet The Other Side of Midnight
  • Catherine
1977
No Score Yet Dragonfly (One Summer Love)
  • Chloe
1976
80% The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Janet Weiss
1975
71% The Great Waldo Pepper
  • Mary Beth
1975
73% The Front Page
  • Peggy Grant
1974
No Score Yet Lovin' Molly
  • Sarah
1974
No Score Yet The Rimers of Eldritch
  • Patsy
1974
No Score Yet The Last of the Belles
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles'
  • Ailie Calhoun
1974
No Score Yet The Apprentice
  • Elizabeth
1971
86% Joe
  • Melissa Compton
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Herself
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
64% Doll & Em
2014-2015
  • Herself
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Joy Joy Kleinman
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Lynn Onkman
No Score Yet Rescue Me
2004-2011
  • Alicia Alicia Green
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • Appearing
  • Host
  • Host (Season 3)
  • Voice
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Meg
55% Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
2015
  • Gladys
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
  • J.C. Small
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Skylanders Academy
2016
  • Voice
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Narrator
  • Voice
No Score Yet Mythos with Joseph Campbell
1985-2011
  • Host
  • Host
  • Voice
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing

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