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SUSAN SARANDON
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Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She has worked in films and television since 1970, and won an Oscar for her performance in the 1995 film, Dead Man Walking. She is also noted for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.

Early life
Sarandon, the eldest of nine children, was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, the daughter of Lenora Marie (née Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, who worked as an advertising executive, television producer, and nightclub singer during the big band era. Sarandon's father was of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry and her mother was of Sicilian/Italian descent; the family was Roman Catholic. In 2006, Sarandon and 10 of her relatives (including her partner Tim Robbins and her 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.

Sarandon graduated from Edison High School, in Edison, New Jersey, in 1964. She then attended The Catholic University of America from 1964 to 1968, earning a BA in drama, and working with noted drama coach and master teacher, Father Gilbert Hartke.


Career
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 1970). Five years later, 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 most controversial film appearance was in The Hunger in 1983, a modern vampire story which turned out to be a critical and box office flop. The film has gained some cult status for a rather graphic lesbian love scene between Sarandon and co-star Catherine Deneuve. It was the first mainstream American film to feature such a scene between two star actresses. However, Sarandon did not become a "household name" until her breakthrough in the 1988 film Bull Durham. which became a huge commercial and critical success.

Sarandon received five Academy Award nominations for best actress, in Atlantic City (1981), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), and The Client (1994), finally winning in 1995 for Dead Man Walking. Her other movies include Stepmom (1998), Anywhere but Here (1999), Cradle Will Rock (1999), The Banger Sisters (2002), Shall We Dance (2004), Alfie (2004), Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and Elizabethtown (2005).

Sarandon has appeared in two episodes of The Simpsons, one as herself ("Bart Has Two Mommies"), and another as a ballet teacher, "Homer vs. Patty and Selma". She has made appearances on the shows Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Mad TV, Saturday Night Live, Chappelle's Show, and Rescue Me.

Sarandon has contributed the narration to some two dozen documentary films, many dealing with social and political issues; in addition, she has served as the presenter on many installments of the PBS documentary series, Independent Lens. In 2007 she hosted and presented Mythos, a series of lectures by the late American mythology professor Joseph Campbell.

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 of the movies were filmed in 2007.

Most recently, Sarandon joined the cast of "Peacock" starring opposite Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas. Filming will take place in Des Moines, Iowa.

She is also taking part in the American version of the hit UK television series Who Do You Think You Are? for NBC, in which celebrities trace their family trees. The executive producer is Lisa Kudrow and will feature hereself, Lisa, Sarah Jessica Parker and others. The start date for the series has been confirmed as April 20th 2009.


Personal life
While in college, she met and married fellow student Chris Sarandon in 1967. They divorced in 1979 and she retained her married name as her stage name.

In 1981, readers of Playboy magazine voted hers the Best Celebrity Breasts of the Summer of 1981. In response, she said, "It must seem to a lot of people that I am always naked or making love in my films. I think it's very hard to be in a scene and not be upstaged by your nipples".

In the mid-1980s, Sarandon dated director Franco Amurri, with whom she had a daughter in 1985, actress Eva Amurri. Since 1988, Sarandon has been in a relationship with actor Tim Robbins, whom she met while filming Bull Durham. The couple have two sons: Jack Henry (born 1989) and Miles Guthrie (born 1992). Sarandon and Robbins are often involved in the same social and political causes. They live in New York City.

Sarandon is a supporter of Collingwood Football Club and has been seen watching them play at the M.C.G.


Political activism

Susan Sarandon with Tanzanian Children in Dar es Salaam, 2000Sarandon is noted for her active support of progressive and left-liberal political causes, ranging from donations made to organizations such as EMILY's List[12] to participating in a 1983 delegation to Nicaragua sponsored by MADRE, an organization that promotes "social, environmental and economic justice." Sarandon has also expressed support for various tolerance and human rights causes that are similar philosophically to ideas found among the Christian left.

In 1995 Sarandon was one of many Hollywood actors, directors and writers who were interviewed for the documentary, The Celluloid Closet, which looked at how Hollywood films have depicted homosexuality.

In 1999, she was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and in that capacity has actively supported the organization's global advocacy, as well as the work of the Canadian UNICEF Committee.


Susan Sarandon in April 2007During the 2000 election, Sarandon supported Ralph Nader's run for President, serving as a co-chair of the National Steering Committee of Nader 2000. However, during the 2004 election campaign, she withheld support for Nader's bid, being among several "Nader 2000 Leaders" who signed a petition urging voters to vote for Democratic Party candidate John Kerry.

Sarandon and Robbins both took an early stance against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, with Sarandon stating that she was firmly against the concept of the 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. Also in 2003, Sarandon appeared in a "Love is Love is Love" commercial, promoting the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

In 2004, she served on the advisory committee for the group 2004 Racism Watch. She hosted a section of the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2005.

Along with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Sarandon took part in a 2006 Mother's Day protest sponsored by Code Pink; she has expressed interest in portraying Sheehan in a movie. 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 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

On May 29, 2008 Sarandon announced that she would move to Canada or Italy if John McCain were to be elected President of the United States.

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Gerçek adı Susan Abigail Tomalin olan ünlü oyuncu, 1946 yılında New York'da dünyaya geldi. Annesi İtalyan, babası İrlandalı olan Sarandon, dokuz çocuklu kalabalık bir aileye sahipti. 1964 yılında Edison High School'dan mezun olduktan sonra The Catholic University of America'ya devam etti. Bu okuldan 1968 yılında drama bölümünden derece ile mezun oldu. 1967'da ilk eşi Chris Sarandon ile okulda tanıştı.
1969 yılında "Joe" adlı filmin kadrosuna dahil edildi. Kast için çağrıldığında büyük bir rol beklemiyordu ancak başrollerden birini aldı. Asıl isminin duyulmaya başladığı film "Lovin' Molly"(1974) oldu. Bir yıl sonra "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" filminde canlandırdığı Janet Weiss rolüyle büyük başarı kazandı. Aynı yıl Ünlü oyuncu Robert Redford ile "The Great Waldo Pepper" adlı filmde rol aldı. 1979'da eşinden ayrıldı ancak eşinin soyadı olan "Sarandon"ı kullanmaya devam etti.

1980 yılına gelindiğinde ise ona ilk Oscar adaylığını kazandıran "Atlantic City" filminde rol aldı. Başarısı adım adım yükselen oyuncu 1988 yılında Tim Robbins'le birlikte "Bull Durham" adlı filmde çalıştı. Bu filmde tanıştıktan sonra bir süre beraber olan çiftin iki çocuğu oldu.

Ödüllerinden Bazıları

1981: Genie: En iyi aktris, Atlantic City
1982: Venice Film Festival - En iyi aktris, Tempest
1991: National Board of Review - En iyi aktris, Thelma & Louise
1991: London Film Critics Circle - Yılın kadın oyuncusu, Thelma & Louise ve White Palace
1995: Screen Actors Guild - Başarılı performans, Dead Man Walking
1995: Akademi Ödülü - En iyi kadın oyuncu: Dead Man Walking

Filmleri

Elizabethtown (2005)
Whale in Montana, A (2005)
Romance & Cigarettes (2005)
Alfie (2004)
Noel (2004)
Shall We Dance? (2004)
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Banger Sisters, The (2002)
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Goodnight Moon (2001) (seslendirme)
Cats & Dogs (2001) (seslendirme)
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II (2000) (seslendirme)
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Stepmom (1998)
Illuminata (1998)
Twilight (1998)
Need to Know, The (1997) (seslendirme)
James and the Giant Peach (1996) (seslendirme)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Safe Passage (1994)
Little Women (1994)
Client, The (1994)
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Bob Roberts (1992)
Light Sleeper (1992)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
White Palace (1990)
Dry White Season, A (1989)
January Man (1989)
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
Bull Durham (1988)
Witches of Eastwick, The (1987)

Compromising Positions (1985)
Buddy System, The (1984)
Hunger, The (1983)
Tempest (1982)
Loving Couples (1980)
Atlantic City (1980)
Something Short of Paradise (1979)
King of the Gypsies (1978)
Last of the Cowboys, The (1978)
Pretty Baby (1978)
Other Side of Midnight, The (1977)
Checkered Flag or Crash (1977)
Dragonfly (1976)
Great Waldo Pepper, The (1975)
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975)
Front Page, The (1974)
Lovin' Molly (1974)
Mortadella, La (1971)
Fleur bleue (1971)
Joe (1970)

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