Susan Sarandon: Actress-Activist

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The very talented, intelligent, and beautiful Susan Sarandon is anything but the typical Hollywood actress. A woman for whom commitment and causes are equally important as her next starring role, Sarandon has been passionately promoting political and social change from the start of her illustrious career. This first biography of Susan Sarandon highlights the real person behind the screen image, exploring her idealism, values, and combative spirit in the service of higher goals, ...
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The very talented, intelligent, and beautiful Susan Sarandon is anything but the typical Hollywood actress. A woman for whom commitment and causes are equally important as her next starring role, Sarandon has been passionately promoting political and social change from the start of her illustrious career. This first biography of Susan Sarandon highlights the real person behind the screen image, exploring her idealism, values, and combative spirit in the service of higher goals, while also celebrating her stunning film career.
Renowned celebrity biographer Marc Shapiro traces Sarandonfs life from her strict Catholic upbringing in suburbia and her early days of protest in high school for civil rights and against the Viet Nam War to her more recent involvement with women and childrenfs rights in Nicaragua, the AIDS quilt project, ACT UP, the disruption of an Academy Awards ceremony to protest the internment of Haitians with HIV, and many other ongoing projects. Shapiro also discusses her first career successes through high-profile roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pretty Baby, Atlantic City, and Thelma and Louise, as well as her openly unconventional relationships with directors Louis Malle and Franco Amuri, and actor Tim Robbins.
So motivated is Sarandon by her convictions that she often chooses roles to reflect larger issues. She agreed to play in the film Dry White Season to draw attention to the evils of apartheid, and her opposition to the death penalty resulted in her Academy Award-winning performance in Dead Men Walking. Over the years she has paid a price for her activist positions, and supposedly she has accumulated a sizable FBI file. Nonetheless, she has proved time and again that she is always ready to speak out and act up whenever she believes it will do some good.
No ordinary biography, Susan Sarandon is a captivating page-turner about a sexy, alluring, and passionately committed actress who has broken every conventional rule.
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Library Journal
From the looks of Shapiro's body of work, he plies his trade writing mostly unauthorized biographies of "celebrities of the moment," such as Carlos Santana, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, J.K. Rowling, and Freddie Prinze Jr. Though this is the first biography of Susan Sarandon, it has a mechanical quality, as if it were produced by a machine designed to cash in on a star's current success. Shapiro neatly charts Sarandon's growth from a strict Catholic childhood to accidental actress to activist, but the writing lacks eloquence, and little is here that can't be found in Current Biography and other secondary sources. In fact, the bibliography shows that Shapiro interviewed only one person, Ira Glasser of the American Civil Liberties Union. The rest of the quotes and stories come from previously published books and articles. Unless your patrons are clamoring for a biography of Sarandon, wait until she authorizes one or writes her own book. Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Drawing largely upon published interviews and public statements, celebrity biographer Shapiro examines the life and work of Susan Sarandon. In addition to providing information about Sarandon's life, relationships, and acting career, Shapiro focuses on her political convictions and how she has expressed them through activism. The volume contains a section of black and white photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573929288
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Shapiro (Pasadena, CA), the New York Times best-selling author of J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter, is also the author of biographies of Goldie Hawn, Carlos Santana, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauren Hill, and Freddie Prince Jr.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Up the Establishment 11
Chapter 1 "We Are Pissed Off! Happy Mother's Day!" 15
Chapter 2 "I Was a Spacey Child" 29
Chapter 3 "I Don't Know If People Consider Me a Pain in the Ass" 51
Chapter 4 "So I Decided to Learn About Nicaragua" 79
Chapter 5 "The Loneliness of That Period Was Horrible" 117
Chapter 6 "It Was a Very Scary Time" 145
Chapter 7 "I Already Know What I Think" 171
Chapter 8 "I'm a Designated Hitter for Older Ovaries" 189
Chapter 9 "Am I Going to Shut Up? No" 199
Chapter 10 "Anybody Who Votes Should Vote with Their Heart" 215
Chapter 11 "I'm Game" 229
Filmography 237
Bibliography 251
Chapter Notes 259
Index 279
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