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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 "Extremities."

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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