Susan Sarandon

Susan SarandonBiographical Sketch

Susan Abigail Sarandon (née Tomalin; born Jackson Heights / Queens, N.Y., USA, October 4, 1946) is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

Sarandon began her career in the 1970 film Joe, before appearing in the soap opera A World Apart (1970–71). In 1975, she starred in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Atlantic City (1980), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) and The Client (1994), before winning for Dead Man Walking (1995). She has also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Client, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress for Dead Man Walking.

She made her Broadway debut in An Evening with Richard Nixon in 1972, and went on to receive Drama Desk Award nominations for the Off-Broadway plays, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (1979) and Extremities (1982). She returned to Broadway in the 2009 revival of Exit the King.

On television, she is a five-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2002), and the TV films Bernard and Doris (2007) and You Don’t Know Jack (2010). Her other films include Pretty Baby (1978), The Hunger (1983), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Bull Durham (1988), White Palace (1990), Little Women (1994), Stepmom (1998), Igby Goes Down (2002), Enchanted (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Arbitrage (2012) and Tammy (2014).

Sarandon is noted for her active support of human rights, progressive and liberal political causes, ranging from opposition to the 2003 invasion in Iraq and opposition to the death penalty and to mass incarceration, to donations to organizations such as EMILY’s List, and participating in a 1983 delegation to Nicaragua sponsored by MADRE, an organization that promotes “social, environmental, and economic justice.” In 1999, Sarandon was honored for her work by being made a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2006, she received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. She is also an advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS and a spokesperson for the anti-poverty charity Heifer International.

Read more about Susan Sarandon on Wikipedia.


Major Awards and Honors

Academy Awards (USA)
  • 1995: Best Actress – “Dead Man Walking”
Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 2002: Star plaque
Screen Actors Guild Awards (USA)
  • 1995: Outstanding Actress – “Dead Man Walking”
National Board of Review Awards (USA)
  • 1991: Best Actress – “Thelma & Louise”
    Shared with Geena Davis.
National Society of Film Critics Awards (USA)
  • 1991: 3d Place, Best Actress – “Thelma & Louise”
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 1991: 2nd Place, Best Actress – “Thelma & Louise”
    – Tied with Geena Davis.
Las Vegas Film Critics Award
  • 2002: Best Supporting Actress – “Igby Goes Down”
  • 2002: Best Supporting Actress – “Moonlight Mile”
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
  • 1981: Best Actress – “Atlantic City”
  • 1995: Best Actress – “Dead Man Walking”
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (USA)
  • 1997: Favorite Actress, Drama – “Dead Man Walking”
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Awards
  • 1996: Best Actress – “Dead Man Walking”
New Jersey Hall of Fame
  • 2010: Inducted into the Hall of Fame
BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
  • 1994: BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role – “The Client”
London Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 1991: Actress of the Year – “Thelma & Louise”
  • 1991: Actress of the Year – “White Palace”
Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) (Germany)
  • 2015: International Lifetime Achievement Award
David di Donatello Awards (Italy)
  • 1992: Migliore Attrice Straniera (Best Foreign Actress) – “Thelma & Louise”
    – Tied with Geena Davis.
  • 1996: Migliore Attrice Straniera (Best Foreign Actress) – “Dead Man Walking”
Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden)
  • 2009: Lifetime Achievement Award
Shanghai International Film Festival (China)
  • 2011: Outstanding Artistic Life Award – for her Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema
  • 1999: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Action Against Hunger
  • 2006: Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award



  • Joe (1970)
    Role: Melissa Compton
  • Lady Liberty (1971)
    Role: Sally
  • The Apprentice (1971)
    Role: Elizabeth Hawkins
  • Lovin’ Molly (1974)
    Role: Sarah
  • The Front Page (1974)
    Role: Peggy Grant
  • The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
    Role: Mary Beth
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    Role: Janet Margaret Weiss
  • One Summer Love (1976)
    Role: Chloe
  • Checkered Flag or Crash (1977)
    Role: C.C. Wainwright
  • The Other Side of Midnight (1977)
    Role: Catherine Alexander Douglas
  • The Great Smokey Roadblock (1977)
    Role: Ginny
    Also co-producer.
  • Pretty Baby (1978)
    Role: Hattie
  • King of the Gypsies (1978)
    Role: Rose
  • Something Short of Paradise (1979)
    Role: Madeline Ross
  • Atlantic City (1980)
    Role: Sally
  • Loving Couples (1980)
    Role: Stephanie
  • Tempest (1982)
    Role: Aretha
  • The Hunger (1983)
    Role: Sarah Roberts
  • The Buddy System (1984)
    Role: Emily
  • Compromising Positions (1985)
    Role: Judith Singer
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
    Role: Jane Spofford
  • Bull Durham (1988)
    Role: Annie Savoy
  • Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
    Role: Sandra Boon
  • The January Man (1989)
    Role: Christine Starkey
  •  A Dry White Season (1989)
    Role: Melanie Bruwer
  • White Palace (1990)
    Role: Nora Baker
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
    Role: Louise Sawyer
  • The Player (1992)
    Role: Herself
  • Light Sleeper (1992)
    Role: Ann
  • Bob Roberts (1992)
    Role: Tawna Titan
  • Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
    Role: Michaela Odone
  • The Client (1994)
    Role: Regina “Reggie” Love
  • Little Women (1994)
    Role: Margaret “Marmee” March
  • Safe Passage (1994)
    Role: Margaret “Mag” Singer
  • Dead Man Walking (1995)
    Role: Sister Helen Prejean
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
    Role: Miss Spider (voice)
  • Twilight (1998)
    Role: Catherine Ames
  • Illuminata (1998)
    Role: Calimene
  • Stepmom (1998)
    Role: Jackie Harrison
    Also executive producer.
  • Our Friend, Martin (1999)
    Role: Mrs. Clark (voice)
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999)
    Role: Margherita Sarfatti
  • Anywhere but Here (1999)
    Role: Adele August
  • Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
    Role: Alice Nee
  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
    Role: Coco LaBouche (voice)
  • Cats & Dogs (2001)
    Role: Ivy (voice)
  • Goodnight Moon (2001)
    Role: Narrator
    Short film.
  • Igby Goes Down (2002)
    Role: Mimi Slocumb
  • The Banger Sisters (2002)
    Role: Lavinia Kingsley
  • Moonlight Mile (2002)
    Role: Jojo Floss
    Also executive producer.
  • Little Miss Spider (2002)
    Role: Narrator
    Short film.
  • Noel (2004)
    Role: Rose Collins
  • Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004)
    Role: Herself Cameo
  • Shall We Dance (2004)
    Role: Beverly Clark
  • Alfie (2004)
    Role: Liz
  • Elizabethtown (2005)
    Role: Hollie Baylor
  • Romance & Cigarettes (2005)
    Role: Kitty
  • Irresistible (2006)
    Role: Sophie
  • Mr. Woodcock (2007)
    Role: Beverly Farley
  • In the Valley of Elah (2007)
    Role: Joan Deerfield
  • Enchanted (2007)
    Role: Queen Narissa
  • Emotional Arithmetic (2007)
    Role: Melanie Lansing Winters
  • Speed Racer (2008)
    Role: Mom Racer
  • Middle of Nowhere (2008)
    Role: Rhonda Berry
  • The Greatest (2009)
    Role: Grace Brewer
  • Leaves of Grass (2009)
    Role: Daisy Kincaid
  • Solitary Man (2009)
    Role: Nancy
  • The Lovely Bones (2009)
    Role: Grandma Lynn
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
    Role: Sylvia Moore
  • Peacock (2010)
    Role: Fanny Crill
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)
    Role: Sharon Thompkins
  • Robot & Frank (2012)
    Role: Jennifer
  • That’s My Boy (2012)
    Role: Mary McGarricle
  • Arbitrage (2012)
    Role: Ellen Miller
  • Cloud Atlas (2012)
    Role: Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yosouf Suleiman / Abbess
  • The Company You Keep (2012)
    Role: Sharon Solarz
  • Snitch (2013)
    Role: Joanne Keeghan
  • Irwin & Fran (2013)
    Role: Narrator
  • The Big Wedding (2013)
    Role: Bebe McBride
  • The Last of Robin Hood (2013)
    Role: Florence Aadland
  • Tammy (2014)
    Role: Pearl Balzen
  • Ping Pong Summer (2014)
    Role: Randy Jammer
  • The Calling (2014)
    Role: Hazel Micallief
  • Hell and Back (2015)
    Role: The Angel (voice)
  • The Meddler (2015)
    Role: Marnie Minervini
    Also executive producer.
  • About Ray (2015)
    Role: Dolly
  • Kid Witness (2015)
    Role: Detective Dottie Wheel
  • The Other Side of the Lake the Purple Girl (2015)
    Role: Herself
  • Zoolander 2 (2016)
    Role: Herself (uncredited cameo)
  • April and the Extraordinary World (2016)
    Role: Chimene (voice; English dub)
  • Mothers and Daughters (2016)
    Role: Millie
  • Spark (2016)
    Role: Bananny (voice)
  • The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2017)
    Role: Grace Donovan
  • A World Apart (1970–1971)
    Role: Patrice Kahlman
  • Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1971)
    Role: Joyce; episodeBurden of Proof
  • Search for Tomorrow (1972)
    Role: Sarah Fairbanks
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald and ‘The Last of the Belles‘ (1974)
    Role: Ailie Calhoun; TV movie.
  • The Satan Murders (1974)
    Role: Kate; TV movie.
  • June Moon (1974)
    Role: Eileen; TV movie.
  • 1974 The Rimers of Eldritch ()
    Role: Pasty Johnson; TV movie.
  • The Haunting of Rosalind (1975)
    TV movie.
  • Who Am I This Time? (1982)
    Role: Helene Shaw; episode American Playhouse
  • Oxbridge Blues (1984)
    Role: Natalie; episode He’ll See You Now
  • Faerie Tale Theatre (1984)
    Role: Beaut; episode Beauty And The Beast
  • A.D. (1985)
    Role: Livilla; 5 episodes.
  • Mussolini and I (1985)
    Role: Edda Mussolini Ciano; TV movie.
  • Women of Valor (1986)
    Role: Col. Margaret Ann Jessup; TV movie.
  • All Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994)
    Role: Bitsy Television special
  • The Simpsons (1995)
    Role: Ballet Teacher (voice); episode Homer vs. Patty & Selma
  • Earthly Possessions (1999)
    Role: Charlotte Emory; TV movie.
  • Friends (2001)
    Role: Jessica Lockhart ; episode The One With Joey’s New Brain
  • Cool Women in History (2001)
    Role: Herself (host); season 1.
  • Malcolm in the Middle (2002)
    Role: Meg 2 episodes
  • Ice Bound: A Woman’s Survival at the South Pole (2003)
    Role: Dr. Jerri Nielsen; TV movie.
  • Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003)
    Role: Princess Wensicia; 3 episodes.
  • Troy: The Passion of Helen (2004)
    Role: Herself (host) Television documentary
  • The Exonerated (2005)
    Role: Sunny Jacobs; TV movie.
  • Mad TV (2005)
    Various roles; 2 episodes.
  • Rescue Me (2006–2007)
    Role: Alicia; 6 episodes.
  • Bernard and Doris (2007)
    Role: Doris Duke; TV movie.
  • Saturday Night Live (2009, 2011)
    Role: Mother (uncredited); 2 episodes.
  • ER (2009)
    Role: Nora; episode Old Times
  • You Don’t Know Jack (2010)
    Role: Janet Good; TV movie.
  • 30 Rock (2011–2012)
    Role: Lynn Onkman; 2 episodes.
  • The Big C (2012)
    Role: Joy the Joyologist; 6 episodes.
  • Louie (2012)
    Role: Herself; episode Late Night Part 3
  • Mike & Molly (2013–2014)
    Role: J.C. Small; 2 episodes.
  • Doll & Em (2014)
    Role: Herself; episode Two
  • The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015)
    Role: Gladys; 2 episodes.
  • Cassius and Clay (2016)
    Voice; pilot.
  • Feud (2017)
    Role: Bette Davis
    Also co-producer.
  • When the Mountains Tremble (1983 )
    Role: Herself
  • Through the Wire (1990)
    Role: Narrator
  • Wildnerness: The Last Stand (1993)
    Role: Narrator
  • School of the Americas Assassins (1994)
    Role: Narrator
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995)
    Role: Herself
  • One Woman One Vote (1995)
    Role: Narrator
  • Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)
    Role: Narrator
  • The Need to Know (1997)
    Role: Narrator
  • Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins (1997)
    Role: Narrator
  • 187: Documented (1997)
    Role: Narrator
  • For Love of Julian (1999)
    Role: Narrator
  • Light Keeps Me Company (2000)
    Role: Herself
  • Iditarod: A Far Distant Place (2000)
    Role: Narrator
  • Mythos (2000)
    Role: Narrator
  • This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000)
    Role: Narrator
  • Dying to be Thin (2000)
    Role: Narrator
  • Uphill All the Way (2001)
    Role: Narrator
  • 900 Women (2001)
    Role: Narrator
  • The Shaman’s Apprentice (2001)
    Role: Narrator
  • Rudyland (2001)
    Role: Narrator
  • Islamabad: Rock City (2001)
    Role: Narrator
  • Ghosts of Attica (2001)
    Role: Narrator
  • The Party’s Over (2001)
    Role: Herself
  • The Next Industrial Revolution (2002)
    Role: Narrator
  • Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2002)
    Role: Narrator
  • XXI Century (2003)
    Role: Herself
  • The Nazi Officer’s Wife (2003)
    Role: Narrator
  • Burma: Anatomy of Terror (2003)
    Role: Narrator
  • Journey of the Heart: The Life of Henri Nouwen (2003)
    Role: Narrator
  • Fragile Hopes from the Killing Fields (2004)
    Role: Narrator
  • A Whale in Montana (2005)
    Role: Narrator
  • On the Line: Dissent in an Age of Terrorism (2005)
    Role: Herself
  • Secrets of the Code (2006)
    Role: Narrator
  • Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars (2006)
    Role: Narrator
  • Home (2006)
    Role: Herself
  • This Child of Mine (2007)
    Role: Narrator
  • Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies (2007)
    Role: Herself
  • Coming Home (2007)
    Role: Herself
  • PoliWood (2009)
    Role: Herself
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (2010)
    Role: Herself
  • Unity (2014)
    Role: Narrator
  • 2015 Connected (AOL Originals Series) (2015)
    Role: Herself


A Selection of Quotes

The Power of One: Interview  (July 2005)
“I try to live my life every day in the present, and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.”
“Everyone has a responsibility towards this larger family of man, but especially if you’re privileged, that increases your responsibility.”

“[I]t takes so little effort and money to get rid of malaria, to bring in clean water, to give people a chance at an education. When you don’t have hope, that’s when people start to do weird, horrible, violent things. That’s at the bottom of it.  It’s just a question of prioritizing. The funds are there.”

“It’s great to see people who find joy in service and don’t close their eyes and aren’t afraid.”

Address, 2011 Endometriosis Foundation of America Blossom Ball

“When all you know is pain you don’t know that that is not normal. It is not a woman’s lot to suffer, even if we’ve been raised that way.”

On Beauty: Susan Sarandon (Vogue, January 8, 2016)

“How you spend your energy is ultimately what creates who you are.”

“Everything that has ever happened to me that has been important has not been something that I’ve hoped for, or looked for, or manipulated — it’s all been predicated on my ability to take a new road when it presented itself and to go with it.”

“Pay equality is not going to happen because we scream and yell about it, it’s going to happen when we start demanding it.”

As quoted in The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets ( Kym Douglas / Cindy Pearlman, 2006)

“Ladies, stress shows on your face. Happiness is the true beauty weapon.”

As quoted in Put Your Big Girl Panties on and Deal with it (Roz Van Meter, 2007)

“I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.”

Unsourced / Attributed

“When you run into someone in NY it is usually a pleasant surprise. When you run into someone in LA you usually had a car accident.”

Find more quotes by Susan Sarandon on Wikiquote and Goodreads.