Five-time Oscar nominee and eight-time Golden Globe nominee Susan Sarandon has been impressing audiences and critics alike since her 1970 film debut in the counterculture drama “Joe.”
Early film credits include “The Great Waldo Pepper,” the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (as the naive Janet), “The Other Side of Midnight” and the controversial “Pretty Baby.”
Sarandon won her first Oscar nomination — and earned sex symbol status — for 1981’s “Atlantic City.” The provocative vampire tale “The Hunger,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Bull Durham” (on which she met longtime boyfriend Tim Robbins) and the May-December romance “White Palace” followed.
The 1991 road movie “Thelma and Louise,” a surprise hit and a clarion call to women, further solidified Sarandon’s popularity. She worked consistently throughout the decade, most notably in “Lorenzo’s Oil,” “The Client,” “Little Women” and “Dead Man Walking” (written and directed by Robbins), for which she won her first Academy Award, playing the compassionate Sister Helen Prejean.
Later acting highlights include such films as “The Banger Sisters,” “Enchanted,” “In the Valley of Elah” and “The Lovely Bones” as well as the HBO telefilm “Bernard and Doris,” in which the Emmy-nominated Sarandon played billionairess Doris Duke.
The actress has long been a staunch supporter of various progressive political causes and human rights issues as well as a vocal antiwar critic.
Sarandon’s 21-year relationship with Robbins ended in 2009. They have two sons, Jack and Miles.
|1981||Best Actress||Atlantic City||Nomination|
|1991||Best Actress||Thelma & Louise||Nomination|
|1992||Best Actress||Lorenzo's Oil||Nomination|
|1994||Best Actress||The Client||Nomination|
|1995||Best Actress||Dead Man Walking||Win|