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Saturday, October 4, 2014

68 Groovy Things about Susan Sarandon on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Susan Sarandon's 68th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Susan Abigail Tomalin was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, on October 4, 1946. She is the eldest of Phillip and Lenora Tomalin's nine children.

2. She attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she met and fell in love with actor Chris Sarandon. They were married from 1967 to 1979.

3. In 1969, both she and Chris went to a casting call for the film, Joe, but only she received a role as a businessman's hippie daughter in the 1970 drama.



4. She appeared on the daytime soap opera, A World Apart, which aired on ABC from March 1970 to June 1971.




5. She appeared in the 1971 Italian-French romantic comedy, Lady Liberty, with Sophia Loren, William Devane and Danny DeVito (in his film debut).

6. She starred in the 1971 Canadian film, The Apprentice.



7. She appeared in a 1972 commercial for the fragrance, Daylight Encounter.



8. In 1972, she played Tricia Nixon and other characters in her Broadway debut in Gore Vidal's satirical play, An Evening with Richard Nixon and..., which ran for 16 performances.

9. She played the murderous drifter, Sarah Fairbanks, on the CBS daytime soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, in 1972.

10. She played Jack Lemmon's fiancée in the 1974 Billy Wilder remake of The Front Page.



11. She played Anthony Perkins' neglected wife in the 1974 drama, Lovin' Molly.

12. She starred as Janet Weiss in the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.



13. She appeared in the 1975 drama, The Great Waldo Pepper, with Robert Redford and Margot Kidder.



14. She starred opposite Beau Bridges in the 1976 romantic drama, One Summer Love (which was originally titled Dragonfly).

15. She starred in the 1977 drama, The Other Side of Midnight, with John Beck and Marie-France Pisier.

16. She played Brooke Shields' mother in two 1978 dramas, Pretty Baby, and King of the Gypsies.



17. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 4, 1979 (the video has an incorrect date).



18. She starred opposite David Steinberg in the 1979 romantic comedy, Something Short of Paradise.

19. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1980 film, Atlantic City, co-starring Burt Lancaster.



20. She starred in the 1980 romantic comedy, Loving Couples, with Shirley MacLaine and James Coburn.

21. She and Eileen Brennan starred in the 1980 Off-Broadway production of the play, A Couple White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, and she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play.

22. She was a special guest star on the ABC series, Fridays, on December 11, 1981.



23. She played John Cassavetes' lover in the 1982 film, Tempest.

24. She and Ellen Barkin starred in the 1982 Off-Broadway production of the play, Extremities, and she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play.

25. She starred in the 1983 British horror film, The Hunger, and she had a brief relationship with her co-star David Bowie. Sarandon also interviewed Bowie on "Close Encounters", a Today Show segment that aired on February 13, 1983.




26. She starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the 1984 romantic comedy, The Buddy System.



27. She starred in the 1985 film, Compromising Positions, with Raúl Juliá and Judith Ivey.

28. She starred in the 1987 film, The Witches of Eastwick, with Jack Nicholson, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer.



29. She received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in the 1988 film, Bull Durham. She also fell in love with her co-star Tim Robbins, whom she had a relationship with from 1988 to 2009.



30. She played Don Johnson's wife in the 1988 film, Sweet Hearts Dance.

31. She learned the Meryl Sheep acting method on Sesame Street in 1989.



32. She received her second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1990 film, White Palace.



33. She received her second Academy Award nomination and her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1991 film, Thelma & Louise. And she appeared on Late Night with David Letterman on May 23, 1991, to promote the movie.




34. She received her third Academy Award nomination and her fourth Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1992 film, Lorenzo's Oil.

35. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1994 film, The Client.

36. She played Winona Ryder and Claire Danes' mother in the 1994 drama, Little Women.

37. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film, Dead Man Walking. She also received her fifth Golden Globe nomination.



38. She provided the voice of Bart's ballet teacher in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons (she also made a cameo appearance as the voice of a computer in a 2006 episode).

39. She received her sixth Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1998 film, Stepmom.



40. She, Celine Dion and Elizabeth Taylor were interviewed on The Barbara Walters Special on March 21, 1999 (Oscar Night).

41. She played Natalie Portman's mother in the 1999 drama, Anywhere but Here.

42. She starred in the 1999 HBO film, Earthly Possessions.

43. She made her first guest appearance on the Fox sketch comedy series, MADtv, on May 6, 2000.



44. She received her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for an episode of Friends that aired on February 15, 2001.

45. She and Goldie Hawn co-starred in the 2002 comedy, The Banger Sisters.

46. She received her seventh Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 2002 film, Igby Goes Down.

47. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Malcolm in the Middle in 2002.

48. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.

49. She played Dustin Hoffman's wife in the 2002 romantic drama, Moonlight Mile, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

50. She was a guest on the BBC series, Ruby Wax with..., on August 25, 2003.



51. In 2003 she appeared in a "Love is Love is Love" commercial, which promoted the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.



52. She played Richard Gere's wife in the 2004 film, Shall We Dance?

53. She played one of Jude Law's many lovers in the 2004 remake of Alfie.

54. She played Orlando Bloom's widowed mother in the 2005 film, Elizabethtown.

55. She played James Gandolfini's wife in the 2005 film, Romance & Cigarettes.



56. She was a guest on the British talk show, The Dame Edna Treatment, on April 21, 2007.

57. She played an evil sorceress, Queen Narissa, in the 2007 Disney film, Enchanted.

58. She received an Emmy Award nomination (and her eighth Golden Globe nomination) for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in Bernard and Doris, which aired on HBO on February 9, 2008.

59. She starred in the 2009 Broadway revival of the play, Exit the King, with Geoffrey Rush and Andrea Martin.

60. She appeared in the 2009 drama, The Lovely Bones, with Mark Wahlberg.

61. She played Andy Samberg's mother in the Saturday Night Live Digital Short, "Motherlover", which aired on May 9, 2009. She reprised her role in the 2011 sequel short, "3-Way (The Golden Rule)".

62. She played a Broadway director/choreographer in the 2010 HBO pilot, The Miraculous Year, but the series was not picked up.

63. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in You Don't Know Jack in 2010.

64. She played Lynn Onkman, Frank's former teacher and lover, in two episodes of 30 Rock in 2011-2012.

65. She played Jason Segel and Ed Helms' mother in the 2012 film, Jeff, Who Lives at Home.

66. She played Robert De Niro's girlfriend in the 2013 comedy, The Big Wedding.

67. She starred in the 2013 drama, The Last of Robin Hood, with Kevin Kline and Dakota Fanning.

68. She played Melissa McCarthy's grandmother in the 2014 comedy, Tammy.

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