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Susan Sarandon                

Academy-Winning Actress & Activist

Known as an actress and an activist, Susan Sarandon has shared with the world her dramatic talents and personal convictions. Receiving four Academy Award nominations, she earned her first one for "Atlantic City," starring opposite screen legend Burt Lancaster; but her career really seemed to pick up steam later that decade in "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and "Bull Durham" (1988). This comedic battle of good versus evil showed Sarandon’s talent for lighter fare.

With Geena Davis, Sarandon made one of her most memorable films, "Thelma and Louise" (1991), which centered on the friendship of two women on a road trip turned wrong. Her portrayal of the tough, protective, and somewhat broken Louise brought her another Academy Award nomination. Sarandon was also nominated for "Lorenzo’s Oil" and "The Client." She played a nun in the gritty and powerful capital punishment drama "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and won her first Academy Award for her performance.

Sarandon was born on October 4, 1946, in New York City. She graduated from the Catholic University of America in 1968 with a B.A. in drama and not long after graduating she made her film debut in "Joe" (1970). After a few other film roles, Sarandon landed a part in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), a campy musical that developed a cult following in subsequent years.

Outspoken on many issues and involved in many organizations including MADRE, Unicef, and the Heifer Project, Sarandon and Tim Robbins included information on the plight of Haitian HIV-positive refugees during the 1993 Academy Awards ceremony where they appeared as presenters. She has also devoted her talents to support efforts to relieve hunger, promote women's issues and help children in need and people with HIV/AIDS around the world. In 1999, she received the Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and the same year was appointed a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.

In 2006, she was one of the celebrities that joined antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan in a fast against the war in Iraq; and a year later, she appeared at an Anti-War rally in Washington, DC, with people such as Tim Robbins and Jane Fonda. Her stance was "Let us resist this war" and "Let us hate war in all its forms, whether the weapon used is a missile or an airplane." Committed to peace and justice, political and social activism has been a lifelong theme for Sarandon who feels strongly about a lot of things, and she's willing to make herself heard.

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The Art & Activism of Susan Sarandon


Actress Susan Sarandon Campaigns for Sanders in Iowa - ABC News
MASON CITY – Actress and activist Susan Sarandon got teary as she introduced Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail Wednesday in front of an overflow crowd ...
Susan Sarandon fires back at Piers Morgan for bra-shaming
And you only thought Twitter feuds were for just for rappers and pop stars, or that baring one's cleavage is just for the young. Susan Sarandon, and countless other women, are taking Piers Morgan to task for his Twitter fit about the 69-year-old Academy Award winner wearing a cleavage-revealing blazer ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last weekend. The British TV talk show host and columnist, 50, on Wednesday called out the "Thelma and Louise" star for wearing the white Max Mara blazer, barely concealing a black bra, while presenting the tribute to screen artists who have died in the past year.
Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin in Trailer for AOL Series ...
Susan Sarandon, Jonathan Bricklin, and other New Yorkers get real in the trailer for AOL's first reality series.
Susan Sarandon Visits Burning Man :
This is the second year Sarandon has attended the festival, having skipped 2014 due to her daughter's pregnancy.
Susan Sarandon And Michelle Yeoh Visit Earthquake Victims In Nepal
Susan Sarandon has arrived in Nepal to help victims of the devastating earthquakes that hit the country. The actress is visiting with Live To Love International, and is following a visit by Michelle Yeoh last week.
Susan Sarandon Designs Limited Edition Rocky Horror Inspired T-Shirt
Susan Sarandon has launched a fundraiser to support the upcoming documentary “Deep Run”, the story of a trans-male evangelical teen coming of age in the Bible Belt.

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