Susan Sarandon is an Academy Award winning actress, mother and activist. She is a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations.
The extremely versatile actress brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role – – from her fearless portrayal in “Bull Durham” to her Oscar-nominated performances in “Thelma and Louise,” “Lorenzo’s Oil,” “The Client,” and “Atlantic City”, to her Academy Award-winning and SAG Award winning role in “Dead Man Walking” as Sister Helen, a nun consoling a death-row inmate.
The hard-working actress has made a career of choosing diverse and challenging projects both in film and television. In 2008, she received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in the HBO film “Bernard and Doris” as well as a Golden Globe and Sag nomination. She received an Emmy and SAG nomination for her work in Barry Levinson’s “You Don’t Know Jack” with Al Pacino for HBO.
On Broadway, Sarandon appeared in Gore Vidal’s “An Evening with Richard Nixon” and received critical acclaim for her performances Off-Broadway in “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talkin’“ and the thriller “Extremities.” She also appeared, Off-Off-Broadway, in the moving post September 11th stage play “The Guys.” In 2009, she returned to Broadway and starred in “Exit the King” with Geoffrey Rush.
In 1995, Sarandon was one of many Hollywood actors, directors and writers who were interviewed for the documentary The Celluloid Closet, which looked at how Hollywood films have depicted homosexuality. In 1999, she was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In that capacity, she has actively supported the organization’s global advocacy.
In 2004, she served on the advisory committee for the group 2004 Racism Watch. She hosted a section of the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2005. In 2006, she was one of eight women who were selected to carry in the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, in Turin, Italy.
In 2006, Sarandon received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. She was honored for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS and a spokesperson for Heifer International. Sarandon also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival that is dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.
She actively supports the work of Somaly Mam and her foundation to end human trafficking. She also works with Refuge Point which was founded to protect and care for at-risk refugees in Africa. Refuge Point’s rescue resettlement efforts, health clinic, and advocacy campaigns address the needs of the most vulnerable refugees in Africa, ensuring that forgotten victims of persecution, massacre and atrocities are brought from danger to safety.
Susan is a mother of three and is a founder of a ping pong club called SPiN, with locations in New York, Milwaukee and Toronto.