Susan Sarandon


  • Birth name
  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace
  • Susan Abigail Tomalin
  • 1946-10-04
  • New York City, New York, USA

Susan Tomalin


It was shortly 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 graduates of Catholic University in Washington DC, went to the audition in New York for "Joe". Chris Sarandon, who had studied to be an actor, was passed over. His wife Susan got a major role.

That role was as "Susan Compton", the daughter of ad executive "Bill Compton" (Dennis Patrick). In the movie, "Dad Bill" kills Susan's drug dealer boyfriend and next befriends "Joe" (Peter Boyle), a bigot who works on an assembly line and 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". Shortly after that, the Sarandons separated and eventually divorced after twelve years of marriage.

Nearly two decades after beginning her career, Sarandon, at last, actively campaigned for a great role, "Annie" in "Bull Durham", 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," shesaid. Thereafter, she began a romance with the twelve-years-younger "Bull Durham" supporting actor, Tim Robbins, and reached the position of being offered roles that really challenged her. The result was four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s and best actress for "Dead Man Walking". Her first Academy Award nomination was for Louis Malle's "Atlantic City".