1. The eldest of nine children
Susan Sarandon, the eldest of nine children, was born to Phillip and Lenora Sarandon. Growing up in a large family, Susan was surrounded by eight siblings, providing her with a unique childhood experience that would shape her life and career. Her parents, Phillip and Lenora, were both hardworking and dedicated to providing their children with the best opportunities possible. This upbringing would later inspire Susan to become an advocate for social justice and human rights.
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2. A Passionate Activist
As a high school student in New Jersey, Susan Sarandon was a passionate activist, taking a stand against the Vietnam War and fighting for Civil Rights. Her commitment to these causes was so strong that she was arrested multiple times for her protests. Sarandon's early activism set the tone for her long and successful career as an advocate for social justice.
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3. Susan Sarandon's Career in Film Began in an Unusual Way
Susan Sarandon's career in film began in an unexpected way. In 1970, she accompanied her husband Chris to an audition for the movie "Joe", but he didn't make the cut. However, Susan was offered the role of "Susan Compton" in the film, and she accepted, launching her career in the process.
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4. 40 Years in Hollywood
At the age of forty-two, Susan Sarandon's career was given a major boost when she starred in the 1988 classic "Bull Durham" alongside co-stars Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner. The movie was a critical and commercial success, and provided Sarandon with a strong foundation in Hollywood, leading to a long and successful career in the film industry.
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5. Risk-taker in film
Susan Sarandon has always been a risk-taker when it comes to her film roles. In the 1980 film "Atlantic City", she took a daring step and bathed her bare torso in front of an open window with lemons. This experimental move was a bold choice for the time, and it has since become a memorable scene in the movie.
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6. Susan Sarandon's first Academy Award nomination
Susan Sarandon's performance in the 1980 film, "Atlantic City" was met with widespread acclaim, and earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination - her first ever Academy nomination. The role was a major milestone in her career, and cemented her place as one of the most talented actresses of her generation.
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7. Highest-Paid Actress
In 1995, Susan Sarandon earned an impressive $5 million for her role in the hit movie "The Client". This was an extraordinary sum of money at the time, and it cemented her status as one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. The success of the film also helped to launch her career to new heights, and she has since gone on to star in numerous critically acclaimed films.
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8. Acclaimed Actress.
In 1996, Susan Sarandon won her first Academy Award for her role as Sister Helen Prejean in the film "Dead Man Walking". Her performance was widely praised, and she was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Sarandon's portrayal of the nun was so powerful and moving that it earned her the highest honor in the film industry. Her win was a major milestone in her career, and it cemented her place as one of the most respected and acclaimed actresses of her generation.
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9. Susan Sarandon KOs Dr. Laura From TV
Renowned political activist Susan Sarandon achieved a major victory in 2000 when she successfully campaigned to have conservative talk show host Dr Laura Schlessinger's show taken off the air. After just one year of protests, Sarandon's efforts paid off and the show was removed from television.
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10. An Actress Who Has Never Been Afraid to Take Risks
Susan Sarandon is an actress who has never been afraid to take risks and explore different roles. She has portrayed a wide range of characters, from a journalist to a prisoner of war, a medical researcher to a music teacher, a college professor to a waitress, an attorney to a linguist, a mother to a wife. Her willingness to take on diverse roles has made her one of the most respected and admired actresses of her generation.
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