The Roles of a Lifetime: Susan Sarandon

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The Roles of a Lifetime: Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon has the sort of luminous beauty that could have supplied her with decades of safe leading-lady roles. Instead, she’s spent her career upending feminine stereotypes: the girl next door in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show; the prostitute in the controversial Pretty Baby; the southern waitress in the feminist buddy movie, Thelma & Louise. (She even lampooned her own MILF status with an uncredited role in Andy Samberg’s uncomfortably funny SNL short, “Motherlover.”) Known for championing progressive causes, Sarandon swapped sex appeal for sensible shoes as anti-capital punishment activist Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking—a role for which she won the Best Actress Oscar. Let’s take a stroll through Sarandon’s career, shall we?