Susan Sarandon is considered by many to be a Queen among actresses. She first became active within her acting career in 1969 and continues to release powerfully acted roles in deep and meaningful films. She has proven herself capable of playing a variety of different characters and emotions and for this reason, she deserves a mention. Plus, let’s not forget how fabulous she looks for a 67 year old. She is a woman of grace who fights for her moral beliefs, being appointed a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and she also received a Humanitarian Award for Action Against Hunger in 2006.
Thanks to her appearence in comedy To celebrate this woman, let’s take a look at some of her films that you really should see.
This cult musical has transcended its era and has perforated popular culture that it feels bad calling it cult now, it’s just a darn good musical. Tim Curry leads an unashamedly devilish cast in this insanity driven toe-tapping musical. Sarrandon plays Janet (dammit,) the fiancé of Brad, who stumble into the house of Frankenfurter after their car breaks down in the rain. As a straightlaced couple, they are both shocked and appalled at the looseness of the residents in the castle. Though Sarrandon’s character starts of pretty sweet and innocent, when she comes face to face with the ribbed Rocky, she abandons all of her virginal predilection in the song “Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me.” Sarrandon deftly handles the naïve Janet as she unleashes her repressed passions and goes wild in this excellent musical.
Sarandon plays the typical loving mother in Little Woman. The story follows the March girls as they grow up together in altogether patriarchal society. Margaret ‘Marmee’ March is their strong-willed mother who cares more about her family than anything else. She is essentially a single mother while her husband is away at war and has to cope with her four daughters as they bicker. Sarandon is the epitome of a perfect mother with her gentle features and voice, as she coaxes and encourages her children. She can look like the tired mother who is so compassionate, that during her free time she does charity work or housework.
In a totally different role to that of Marmee March, Sarandon plays Grandma Lynn, who must take over the role of being a mother to her granddaughter after her biological daughter runs away to deal with the emotional fall back of losing a child. To deal with her pain, she smokes and drinks excessively. Sarandon’s brusque, no nonsense manner lends some hilarity to this character who is so anti-maternal and is irresponsible that she sweeps dirt under the rug, puts out a pan fire with a vase of flowers, and shrinks the clothing of the children. She always looks perfectly serious as she does this and pulls realistic facial expressions when drinking that it would be hard to determine whether or not she really was drinking in the scene. There is one good thing about Grandma Lynn though; she always looks glamorous!
Probably one of Sarandon’s most famous film, she plays opposite Geena Davis as two women set out on the search for freedom. What started as a fun weekend turns into something much more meaningful. Sarandon plays the tougher one of the two women and is like a mother or older sister to Geena’s Thelma. Louise (Sarandon) is the one who does whatever is necessary which is believable as Sarandon has that aura to her stance and looks like the emotionally stronger of the two actors. She also shows that she can portray a sensitive and vulnerable individual in this film where her character experiences a lot of personal growth.
Susan Sarandon plays Sister Helen Prejean in this crime drama as she attempts to help a man who is on death row for a murder he supposedly committed. She plays a kind soul, a motherly figure, who tries to uncover the truth of the case as she starts to form a relationship with Matthew (Sean Penn). There is real concern in her eyes as she fights for justice and this is a sign of a great actor: acting through their eyes and portraying real emotion.
In a much lighter role, Sarandon plays the evil Queen Narissa in this fairy tale with a twist. She fear her stepson will marry and so remove her from the throne, so she plots to remove his love interests; enter Giselle. After trying and failing several times to dispose of Giselle, she meets her own demise as all evil Queens do.
Enter Sarandon the Cougar as Liz from Alfie. She’s a high class lady with much the same opinion of Alfie as he has about other women. So when Alfie meets a gorgeous, rich, older female version of himself, he can’t help but fall head over heels. If you’ve never seen Sarandon in an attractive light before, you will catch yourself thinking about her after watching this!
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