This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. (March 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Sarandon in 2016
Susan Abigail Tomalin|
October 4, 1946
New York City, U.S.
|Residence||Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Catholic University of America|
(m. 1967; div. 1979)
Franco Amurri |
|Children||3; including Eva Amurri|
Susan Abigail Sarandon (//; née Tomalin; born October 4, 1946) is an American actress and activist. She has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has also been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards. She is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of 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 1974, she co-starred as a young Zelda Fitzgerald surrogate in the TV movie F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' and in 1975, she starred in the popular cult 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. 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), Enchanted (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Tammy (2014), The Meddler (2015), and A Bad Moms Christmas (2017).
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 six-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2002), and appearances in the TV films Bernard and Doris (2007) and You Don't Know Jack (2010). In 2017, Sarandon portrayed Bette Davis in the first season of FX's anthology series Feud, for which she was nominated for both for acting and producing Emmys. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for executive producing Cool Women in History in 2002.
Sarandon was born in the Queens borough of New York City. She is the eldest of nine children of 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 (deceased May 19, 2016), 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.
In 1969, Sarandon went to a casting call for the motion-picture Joe (1970) 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. Between 1970 and 1972, she appeared in the soap operas A World Apart and Search for Tomorrow, playing Patrice Kahlman and Sarah Fairbanks, respectively. In 1975, she appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That same year, she also played the female lead in The Great Waldo Pepper, opposite Robert Redford. She was twice directed by Louis Malle, in Pretty Baby (1978) and Atlantic City (1981). The latter earned Sarandon her first Academy Award nomination.
Her most controversial film appearance was in Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983), a modern vampire story in which she had a lesbian sex scene with Catherine Deneuve. She appeared in the comedy-fantasy The Witches of Eastwick (1987) alongside Jack Nicholson, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer. However, Sarandon did not become a "household name" until she appeared with Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins in the film Bull Durham (1988), a commercial and critical success.
Sarandon was nominated for an Academy Award four more times in the 1990s, as 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. Additionally, she has received eight Golden Globe nominations, including for White Palace (1990), Stepmom (1998), Igby Goes Down (2002), and Bernard and Doris (2007).
Her other movies include Little Women (1994), Anywhere but Here (1999), Cradle Will Rock (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. She appeared in the films Arbitrage (2012), Tammy (2014), and The Meddler (2015). In 2017, Sarandon portrayed Bette Davis in the first season of FX's anthology series Feud.
Political views and activism
Sarandon is known 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". 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. 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. The same year, Sarandon received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. Sarandon was appointed an FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 2010.
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. Along with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Sarandon took part in a 2006 Mother's Day protest, which was sponsored by Code Pink. 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.
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.
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."
In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, she made public her support for Vermont Senator and democratic socialist 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". On October 30, 2016, she endorsed Green Party of the United States Presidential Candidate Jill Stein.
In an interview with The Guardian published on November 26, 2017, Sarandon said about Hillary Clinton: "I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]". Sarandon's mother Leonora Tomalin is a staunch Republican, a supporter of George W. Bush and the Iraq War.
Civil Rights and Justice
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 2003, she appeared in a "Love is Love is Love" commercial, which promoted the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Sarandon and Robbins appeared at the 2000 Shadow Convention in Los Angeles to speak about drug offenders being unduly punished. In 2004, she served on the advisory committee for 2004 Racism Watch, an activist group.
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.
Recent actions and controversies
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 brought activist Rosa Clemente to the 75th Golden Globe Awards  and participated in a rally against gun violence in June 2018.
On June 28, 2018, Sarandon was arrested during the Women Disobey protests, along with 575 other people, for unlawfully protesting at the Hart Senate Office Building where a sit-in protest was being held against Donald Trump's migrant separation policy.
While in college, Susan Tomalin 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. She was then involved romantically with director Louis Malle, musician David Bowie and, briefly, actor Sean Penn. In the mid-1980s, Sarandon dated Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri, with whom she had a daughter, Eva Amurri (also an actress), on March 15, 1985.
From 1988, Sarandon cohabited with actor Tim Robbins, whom she met while they were filming Bull Durham. They have two sons: John "Jack" Henry (born May 15, 1989) and Miles Guthrie (born May 4, 1992). Sarandon, like Robbins, is a lapsed Catholic, and they both share liberal political views. Sarandon split with Robbins in 2009.
Following the dissolution of her relationship with Robbins, she soon began a relationship with Jonathan Bricklin, son of Malcolm Bricklin. Sarandon and Bricklin helped establish a chain of ping-pong lounges named SPiN. Sarandon is the co-owner of this New York ping-pong club  and its Toronto branch SPiN Toronto. Sarandon and Bricklin broke up in 2015.
In 2006, Sarandon and ten relatives, including her then-partner, Tim Robbins, and their son, Miles, traveled 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.
Awards and nominations
Sarandon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Stockholm International Film Festival, was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2010, and received the Outstanding Artistic Life Award for her Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival. In 2013, she was invited to inaugurate the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. In 2015, Sarandon received the Goldene Kamera international lifetime achievement award.
- Bernice, Janet (March–April 2007). "Susan Catches Wales". Ancestry Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- Esther Zuckerman. "Susan Sarandon Shares Her New York Favorites" Archived October 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., The Village Voice, August 30, 2011; accessed September 23, 2011.
- [dead link]
- MacKenzie, Suzie (March 18, 2006). "A fine romancer". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- "Susan Sarandon biography". Profile at FilmReference.com.
- "Susan Sarandon traces roots to Wales". Walesonline.co.uk. September 1, 2006. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- "Who Do You Think You Are". NBC. Archived from the original on April 28, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "Sarandon learns about Welsh roots". BBC News. November 28, 2006.
- "Susan Sarandon's Story" Archived February 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. United Nations. Retrieved December 31, 2006.
- Sarandon's daughter, Eva Amurri, stated this during her appearance on the December 10, 2009, episode of the E! talk show Chelsea Lately.
- "Riding the Currents". New Jersey Monthly. April 12, 2010.
- "Susan Sarandon Biography". Yahoo! Movies.
- "Susan Sarandon biography". biography.com.
- "Susan Sarandon Opens Up On Her Personal Life". Pens & Patron. 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
- "Susan Sarandon". Biography.com. A&E Television Network. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- Dunlap, David W. (January 8, 1996). "For Lesbian Magazine, a Question of Image". The New York Times.
- Michael E. Angier; Sarah Pond; Dawn Angier (2004). 101 Best Ways to Get Ahead. Success Networks. p. 145. ISBN 0970417535.
- "Past Recipients: Crystal Award". Women In Film. Archived from the original on June 30, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
- Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick. Wheatmark. 2014. pp. 29–30. ISBN 9781587363009. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- "The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition". Joseph Campbell Foundation. Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2008.
- "NYICFF Jury". NYICFF. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Susan Sarandon set to star in 'The Lovely Bones'". DailyIndia.com. July 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
- Chupnick, Steven (August 25, 2007). "Susan Sarandon on Speed Racer". Superhero Hype.com.
- "Susan Sarandon Joins HBO's The Miraculous Year". TVGuide.com.
- "HBO not picking up 'Miraculous Year'". Entertainment Weekly. November 10, 2010. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013.
- Staskiewicz, Keith (March 9, 2012). "Stars Read Their Faves...To You". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (May 5, 2016). "FX Orders Ryan Murphy Series Feud with Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- "Susan Sarandon's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". Newsmeat.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
- "Mission and History". Madre.org. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- "Goodwill Ambassador". unicef.org. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
- "Stages a Glittering Million-Dollar Gala". Action Against Hunger. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- Wise, Ann (October 15, 2010). "Susan Sarandon, Celine Dion Named Goodwill Ambassadors". ABC News. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- "Iraq: Antiwar Voices". The Washington Post. February 13, 2003. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- "Sarandon To Bush: Get Real On War", CBS News, February 14, 2003
- Brennan, Charlie (February 8, 2003). "Cry for peace heard on web: Activists using Internet to spread word against war". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on July 4, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
- "Anti-Iraq Ad Features Leader of Bush's Church". Fox News. January 31, 2003. Retrieved January 14, 2008.
- "Susan Sarandon Joins Cindy Sheehan to Protest Iraq War". Fox News. May 15, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2008.
- Hunt, Kasie (January 24, 2007). "Anti-War Actress Bored by Iraq Pitch". CBS News.
- "Becker Complaint: Becker, et al. vs. Federal Election Commission". NVRI.org. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2008.
- "Despite 'spoiler' tag, Nader unapologetic for campaign" (Press release). USA Today. November 2, 2004. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- Walls, Jeannette (April 19, 2006). "Sarandon wants monitoring for U.S. elections". MSNBC. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- Strauss, Gary (January 30, 2008). "Primary time for celebs: Star power floods political arena". USA Today. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- Lanzer, Katherine (January 8, 2008). "Edwards vows to 'take back democracy'". The Portsmouth Herald. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- Alexovich, Ariel (January 7, 2008). "The Early Word: Who's the Real 'Change' Candidate?". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- Murphy, Tim (December 3, 2007). "WWJD in '08? Ask Sarandon". New York. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Meet Bernie Sanders' Top Celebrity Backers - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "Is Socialism Here To Stay In 2016, Or Is Bernie Sanders Just Another Howard Dean?". Forbes. September 11, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- Tal Kopan, CNN (March 29, 2016). "Susan Sarandon: Trump more likely to bring 'revolution' than Clinton". CNN.
- "Sarandon Endorsement". Jill2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
- Brockes, Emma (November 26, 2017). "Susan Sarandon: 'I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she'd won, we'd be at war'". The Guardian. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- "Susan Sarandon's mother – A Republican". Stripersonline.com. March 18, 2003. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- Leve, Ariel (June 1, 2003). "Susan Sarandon: Still angry after all these years". London: Guardian. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- Looseleaf, Victoria (August 21, 2000). "Out of the Shadows". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "2004 Racism Watch Calls On Bush-Cheney Campaign to Change or Pull Offensive Ad". Common Dreams. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012.
- "Susan Sarandon Fights to Save Death Row Inmate's Life : People.com". PEOPLE.com.
- "Susan Sarandon: Hollywood's about money, not politics". NY Daily News. June 1, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- on YouTube
- "Susan Sarandon to Occupy Wall Street: 'You Have to Make Your Message Clear'" Archived October 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., The Village Voice. September 27, 2011.
- McLeod, Jerry (October 19, 2011). "Susan Sarandon rebuked for 'obscene' reference to Pope". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. C1. Retrieved October 19, 2011. The article contains this statement by William Donohue, president of the Catholic League: "Sarandon's comment is obscene. Sadly, it's what we've come to expect from her. Joseph Ratzinger [who became Pope Benedict XVI] was conscripted at the age of 14 into the Hitler Youth, along with every other young German boy."
- "ADL Says Susan Sarandon Should Apologize For Referring To Pope Benedict XVI As 'A Nazi'". Anti-Defamation League. Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- CNWN Collection. "Golden Globes 2018: How to Support the Activists' Causes". Allure. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- "Hundreds take part in rally against gun violence after school shootings". CBS News. June 2, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "Migrant separations: Susan Sarandon arrested at protest rally". BBC. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- "Susan Sarandon arrested during immigration protest". hollywood.com. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- Houseman, Victoria (1991). Made in heaven : the marriages and children of Hollywood stars. Chicago: Bonus Books. p. 274. ISBN 9780929387246. OCLC 24170353.
- Rex Reed (May 7, 1978). "Susan Sarandon's star is soaring". Dayton Daily News.
- "Susan Sarandon reveals past sexual relationship with David Bowie," The Guardian, 26 July 2014. Accessed 26 July 2014.
- "Drew Barrymore and Corey Feldman — Plus More '80s Celebrity Couples You Forgot All About". October 27, 2016.
- Lee, Linda (September 8, 2002). "A NIGHT OUT WITH: Eva Amurri; Glittering in Mom's Sky". New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Amurri Martino, Eva (November 1, 2016). "Eva Amurri Martino's Blog: My Son Major James' Home Birth Story". People. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Aimee Lee Ball (February 1989). "Sarandon, Seriously". Mother Jones.
- "Labor of Love: With Dead Man Walking, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins Go From Oscar Outlaws to Golden Couple by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh". Entertainment Weekly. March 22, 1996. Archived from the original on December 22, 2002.
- "Top news stories from Canada and around the world -MSN Headlines". News.ca.msn.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- Triggs, Charlotte (December 23, 2009). "Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins Split". People. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "Connected S1:E1 Walking Up To The Pretty Girl".
- "About SPiN". Wearespin.com. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Introducing: Spin Toronto, the new King West ping pong club co-owned by Susan Sarandon (no, really)". Toronto Life. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
- "Jonathan Bricklin on Ex Susan Sarandon: 'I Love Her More Than Anyone'". People. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
- "How can we help you? - Home". Middlesexcc.edu. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- "Real Time with Bill Maher: Susan Sarandon – The Meddler (HBO)". Real Time with Bill Maher. April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
- "Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon are among 15 inducted into N.J. Hall of Fame". The Star-Ledger. May 2, 2010.
- "Stars turn out for Shanghai International Film Festival". Jing Daily. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
- "IFFI Curtain Raiser". Indian Express. November 20, 2013.
- "Susan Sarandon". Goldene Kamera (in German). Archived from the original on March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- Susan Sarandon on IMDb
- Susan Sarandon at the Internet Broadway Database
- Susan Sarandon at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Susan Sarandon at AllMovie
- Susan Sarandon at the New Jersey Hall of Fame
- Susan Sarandon in the Hollywood Walk of Fame Directory
- Susan Sarandon at the TCM Movie Database
- Susan Sarandon at TVGuide.com