Tuesday 4 October 2011

An overabundance of original sin

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

"I was told I had an overabundance of original sin."

Happy 65th birthday today to Miss Susan Abigail Tomalin, better known as Susan Sarandon.

Her long movie career began at the end of the 1960s, and over the years she has appeared alongside such luminaries as Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Robert Redford and Marlon Brando among many many others. Miss Sarandon received five Academy Award nominations for best actress (for Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo's Oil and The Client), before finally winning the award for Dead Man Walking in 1995. In between making what appears to be two movies a year she found time for a long relationship with Tim Robbins, with whom she had two kids.

She has appeared in some extremely camp cult movies over the years, has our Susan - we at Dolores Delargo Towers adored her in The Hunger and The Witches of Eastwick - but it was (of course) for her brilliant role as "Janet Weiss" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show that we love her the most...

Facts about Miss Sarandon:
  • As with many "native" New Yorkers, her parentage is a mixture: in her case, Welsh and Italian.
  • She claims to have invented the now commonly-used nickname "cougar" for women d'un certain age who date much younger men.
  • Her support for many humanitarian and "left-leaning" causes, including anti-war, gay rights and abortion rights campaigns has led her to be a target of the US right-wing, and as such she was among the stars featured in the infamous and hilarious piss-take puppet movie Team America: World Police.
Susan Sarandon on IMDB


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