Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Actress Susan Sarandon

I've been putting off adding pictures of Susan Sarandon to this blog for far, far too long. But, I figured, since today is her 65th birthday, heck, why not add them today? :-)

A New Jersey girl (she grew up in the sprawling suburb of Edison, just west of her native New York City), Susan Sarandon got her first big break when she played Peggy Grant in Billy Wilder's 1974 movie adaptation of the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play The Front Page. (It happened to be the first movie to team Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau since 1968's The Odd Couple.) But it was her role in an underground film made the following year, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, that brought her notoriety.

Since then the artist formerly known as Janet (her Rocky Horror character's name) has played numerous movie roles. It would be a chore to list even some of her movie credits, but I'll try anyway; Pretty Baby, Compromising Positions, White Palace (as a middle-aged waitress coveted by a younger man), and Safe Passage.

Oh yeah, she starred in a few other movies you might have heard of: 1988's Bull Durham, 1991's Thelma and Louise (in the latter title role), Lorenzo's Oil, and The Client. These pictures got her numerous acting awards and nominations.  but it was as Sister Helen Prejean in the 1995 capital punishment drama Dead Man Walking that got her a Best Actress Oscar.  

Susan Sarandon is still active as an actress, so she's not about to activate her Medicare card just yet. :-)

She's also known for her twenty-one-year relationship with actor Tim Robbins, and she's also associated herself with politically liberal causes.

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