SUSAN SARANDON (Catherine Ames) continues to defy conventions
often bestowed upon actresses. By breaking the mold and bringing
her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to each and every
role from her sexy, fearless portrayal in "Bull Durham"
to her Academy Award nominated performances in "Thelma
And Louise" (1991), "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992) and
"The Client" (1994), and her Academy Award winning
role as Sister Helen Prejean, a nun consoling a death-row inmate
in "Dead Man Walking" Sarandon has redefined
what it means to be a movie star.
Sarandon was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, the
daughter of a big-band singer who became a television producer
and advertising executive; her mother raised nine children. Sarandon
attended Catholic University and earned her degree in drama and,
in 1970, she made her acting debut in the movie "Joe."
The following year she played a continuing role in the drama "A
World Apart." Her early film credits include "The Great
Waldo Pepper," "Lovin' Molly," "The Front
Page" and, in 1975, the cult classic film "The Rocky
Horror Picture Show," in which she sang.
In 1978, she played Brooke Shields' mother in Louis Malle's controversial
"Pretty Baby" and then received her first Oscar®
nomination for Best Actress in another Louis Malle film, "Atlantic
City." Sarandon's other film credits include "King of
the Gypsies," "The Hunger," "Compromising
Positions," "Sweet Hearts Dance," "The January
Man," "The Buddy System," "A Dry White Season,"
"White Palace," "The Witches of Eastwick,"
"Bob Roberts" and "Light Sleeper."
Prior to "Dead Man Walking," for which she also won
the Screen Actors´ Guild Best Female Actor of 1995, Sarandon
played "Marmee" in "Little Women," based on
Louisa May Alcott's famous story of maturing young women at the
turn of the century, and starred opposite Sam Shepard in New Line
Cinema's "Safe Passage."
On Broadway, Sarandon appeared in "An Evening with Richard
Nixon" and was critically lauded for her performance off-Broadway
in "A Coupla White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin" and
Sarandon, the mother of three and a committed activist, chooses
her parts with careful consideration, enabling her to spend more
time with her family while continuing to forge a place in the
hearts of moviegoers. She is currently executive-producing and
starring with Julia Roberts in an untitled film for Chris Columbus.
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