Susan Sarandon
as Janet Weiss

 

 

Susan Sarandon is born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City; she was educated at Catholic University of America Drama School. It was after the 1968 Democratic convention and there was a casting call for a film with several roles for the kind of young people who had disrupted the convention. Two recent graduates of Catholic University in Washington DC, went to the audition in New York for Joe (1970). Chris Sarandon, who had studied to be an actor, was passed over. His wife Susan got the major role of the daughter of an advertising executive. Dad kills her drug dealer boyfriend and befriends an opinionated assembly line worker who collects guns. Five years later Sarandon made the film where fans of cult classics have come to know her as Janet, who gets entangled with transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). 

More than 15 years after beginning her career Sarandon at last actively campaigned for a great role -- Annie in Bull Durham (1988), flying at her own expense from Rome to Los Angeles. "It was such a wonderful script ... and did away with a lot of myths and challenged the American definition of success", she said. "When I got there, I spent some time with Kevin [Costner], kissed some ass at the studio and got back on a plane". Her romance with the Bull Durham supporting actor, Tim Robbins, had produced three sons by 1992 and put Sarandon in the position of leaving her domestic paradise only to accept roles that really challenged her. The result was four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s and best actress for Dead Man Walking (1995). 

When Robert Hofler, writing a 1994 article for BUZZ, asked Sarandon whether it was difficult being directed by the man she lived with (Tim Robbins for Dead Man Walking), she answered: "I lived and worked with another director, and when you do that, you're in a real hostage situation. There are situations where you'd walk off the picture, but you can't walk because you've gotta go home and make the tuna melt". Hofler: "You're talking about Louis Malle?" Sarandon: "Yeah". Hofler: "Malle directed you in 'Pretty Baby' and 'Atlantic City'. Did working with him contribute to your breaking up?" Sarandon: "Nah. I'd quote Proust on that one. It was just time." 

Other notable (non-nominated) credits include The Front Page (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), The Other Side Of Midnight (1977), Pretty Baby And King Of The Gypsies (Both 1978), Tempest (1982), The Hunger (1983), Compromising Positions (1985), The Witches Of Eastwick (1987), Sweet Hearts Dance (1988), A Dry White Season (1989), The Player And Bob Roberts (Both 1992), Safe Passage And Little Women (Both 1994), Twilight, Illuminata And Stepmom (All 1998), Cradle Will Rock And Anywhere But Here (Both 1999), Joe Gould's Secret (2000), Igby Goes Down, The Banger Sisters and Moonlight Mile (all 2002) and "Children of Dune" (2003, TV mini-series). 

Nominated for Actress 1981: Atlantic City 

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1991: Thelma & Louise 

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1992: Lorenzo's Oil 

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1994: The Client 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1995: Dead Man Walking 

Filmography (Movies only)

1970
Joe
1971
Fleur bleue
La Mortadella
1974
Lovin' Molly
The Front Page
1975
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Great Waldo Pepper,
1976
The Last of the Cowboys
Dragonfly
1977
Checkered Flag or Crash
The Other Side of Midnight
1978
Pretty Baby
King of the Gypsies
1979
Something Short of Paradise
1980
Atlantic City
Loving Couples
1982
Tempest
1983
The Hunger 
1984
Buddy System
1985 
Compromising Positions
1987
The Witches of Eastwick

1988
Bull Durham
Sweet Hearts Dance
1989
January Man
Dry White Season
1990
White Palace
1991
Thelma & Louise
1992
Light Sleeper
Bob Roberts
Lorenzo's Oil
1994

The Client
Little Women
Safe Passage
1995

Dead Man Walking
1998
Twilight
Illuminata
Stepmom
1999
Cradle Will Rock
Anywhere But Here
Earthly Possessions
2000
Joe Gould's Secret
2002
Igby Goes Down
The Banger Sisters
Moonlight Mile

Pretty Baby
with Brooke Shields
The Hunger
with Catherine Deneuve
The Witches of Eastwick 
with Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer
Thelma & Louise
with Geena Davis,
  Lorenzo's oil
with Nick Nolte
The Client
with Tommy Lee Jones
Dead Man Walking
with Sean Penn
The Bangers Sisters
with Goldie Hawn
Irrésistible Alfie Shall We Dance ?
with Richard Gere
Elizabethtown
with Orlando Bloom et Kirsten Dunst

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