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SUSAN SARANDON continues to defy every convention bestowed upon actresses. By breaking the mold and bringing her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to each and every role-from her fearless portrayal in Bull Durham (1988) to her Oscar®-nominated performances in Thelma and Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and The Client (1994), and her Academy Award®-winning and SAG 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, 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. Most recently, she appeared in Robert Benton's Twilight, opposite Paul Newman, Gene Hackman and James Garner.

This past summer, Sarandon completed roles in both Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock and Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here, opposite Natalie Portman. She also recently finished starring in the HBO movie "Earthly Possessions," directed by James Lapine. Sarandon also has a role as a competitive diva in John Turturro's Illuminata, an erotic farce.

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 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 Joe, King of the Gypsies, The Hunger, Sweet Hearts Dance, Compromising Positions, The January Man, White Palace, The Buddy System, A Dry White Season, 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 performances off-Broadway in "A Coupla White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin" and "Extremities."

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