1. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.
2. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
3. Sarandon began her career in the 1970 film Joe, before appearing in the soap opera A World Apart .
4. She starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show , a cult classic, which is the longest running movie of all time.
5. She has also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Client and the SAG Award for Best Actress for Dead Man Walking.
6. She made her Broadway debut in An Evening with Richard Nixon in 1972, and went on to receive Drama Desk Award nominations for the Off-Broadway plays, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking .
7. On television, she is a five-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends .
8. Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City. She is the first of nine children born to Lenora Marie , an advertising executive, television producer, and one-time nightclub singer.
9. She has a brother, Philip Jr. his English ancestors being from Hackney in London and his Welsh ancestors being from Bridgend.
10. She grew up in Edison, New Jersey, where she began dating actor Chris Sarandon.
11. Although he did not get a part, she was given a major co-starring role in the film, which was released in 1970.
12. Between 1970 and 1972, Sarandon appeared on the soap operas A World Apart and Search for Tomorrow, playing the roles of Patrice Kahlman and Sarah Fairbanks, respectively.
13. She was in the TV movie The Rimmers of Eldrich in 1974.
14. In 1975, she starred as Janet in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
15. On stage, she received Drama Desk Award nominations for her work in the Off-Broadway plays A Coupla White Chicks Siting Around Talking
16. Sarandon received her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance in Atlantic City .
17. One of her biggest commercial successes came in 1988 when she starred in Bull Durham with Kevin Costner.
18. In 1989 Sarandon co-starred with Marlon Brando in A Dry White Season, followed by White Palace with James Spader.