Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon


10/4/1946, New York City, New York

Birth Name

Susan Abigail Tomalin



Also Known As

Susan Tomalin
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Susan Sarandon was born in New York on October 4, 1946, one of nine children in a Roman Catholic family. Sarandon stayed true to her roots by attending The Catholic University of America. While there, she studied acting and met actor Chris Sarandon. They were married in 1967.…more


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    • Susan: I think the good news and the bad news is Hollywood's not political. The only thing they punish you for is getting old and fat.

    • Susan: I never think about humiliating myself. I keep focusing on wanting to do a good job.

    • Susan: I choose projects I can talk about for days because now you do publicity for as long as it took you to shoot the movie.

    • Susan: I feel I've always been on the outside and always on the edge of an abyss. The women I portray, and the woman I am, are ordinary but maybe find themselves in extra-ordinary circumstances, and what they do is at great cost.

    • Susan: Sexuality ... is something that develops and becomes stronger and stronger the older you get... If you can continue to say yes to life and to maintain a certain generosity of spirit, you become more and more of who you are.

    • Susan: I think the only reason I remain an actor is that you can never quite get it right. So there is a challenge to it.

    • Susan: If I were 22 and trying to build a career, I don't know who'd be watching the kids as happily as I do. It takes so much to get me to break out of domestic paradise. There's hardly anything that interests me as much as my family.

    • Susan: (on the movie Thelma & Louise) I was surprised that the film struck such a primal nerve. I knew when we were filming that it would be different, unusual and hopefully entertaining. But shocking? I guess giving women the option of violence was hard for a lot of people to accept.

    • Susan: People will like you for the wrong reasons your entire life, even if you don't have parents who are celebrities. They will like you because you have a car or you have money or your breasts are big.

    • Susan: You're so lucky in Ireland, England and Spain. Everyone there already knows what it's like to have inexplicable terrorist violence.

    • Susan: The thing that's bad about breasts is that you have to choose between having a mind and having breasts. It'd be nice if you could have both. Anyway, I think my breasts have been highly overrated.

    • Susan: The largest party in the United States is the 50 percent who don't vote.

    • Susan: It's always so painful to watch yourself. That never changes. I still sit there and think, 'Oh, that scene is missing? Wasn't I good? What happened there?.

    • Susan: I haven't yet had any plastic surgery, but I won't knock it. I think women have the right to do anything they want to their bodies that makes them feel good about themselves. It's hard to be in this business and be viewed on a screen that's huge. You can see every single line. But I think it's an aesthetic choice for the individual. I don't like it when surgeons take a perfectly interesting looking woman and she ends up looking like a female impersonator with these gigantic breasts. It's just so extreme and that worries me. I think everyone is looking the same.

    • Susan: My children were embarrassed at my Lincoln Center Tribute. I forgot they would show film clips and my children hadn't seen anything. Every time something a little racy would come on like 'The Hunger,' I'd look at my 13-year-old, who was shielding his eyes.

    • Susan: I'm certainly not an expert, but Tim and I just celebrated 17 years together, which in Hollywood years I think is 45. I think the key is just focusing on this one person and not keeping one eye on the door to see who might be better.

    • Susan: I remember going to great lengths to celebrate disappointments like not getting a job. I'd take whatever little cash I had and go out to dinner. I saw loss as an opportunity to change direction.

    • Susan: It's still not easy to find roles that offer more complex images of women. I do a lot of smaller parts that I find interesting - as opposed to the big, splashy movies that you get paid more money for.

    • Susan: I didn't realize that everything was supposed to fall apart at 40. So I just slid past 40 and 50. When you're an outsider and not paying attention to the rules the hurdles are a little lower.

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    Susan Sarandon is really a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "Bull Durham."