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Susan Sarandon

Goodwill Ambassador

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"I see how my life and the lives of my kids are connected to the outside world. How can you not participate in the world you live in?" – Susan Sarandon

Internationally acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon has dedicated much of her time to fighting hunger, promoting women’s issues and helping people with HIV/AIDS.  She was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1999. 

Since her appointment, Ms. Sarandon has helped raise awareness about UNICEF-supported child development and education programmes in developing countries. On mission for UNICEF, she participated in HIV/AIDS youth advocacy events in the United Republic of Tanzania, and met with women and girls who were victims of gender discrimination in India. 

In December 1999, Ms. Sarandon launched UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children 2000, which focused on poverty. In addition to fundraisers and media interviews, Ms. Sarandon’s public service announcements on HIV/AIDS and her video on education rights have been powerful advocacy tools for UNICEF globally.

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A native New Yorker, Susan Sarandon made her acting debut in 1970 in the movie Joe. Her early film credits include The Great Waldo Pepper and the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Ms. Sarandon is a prolific actress known for playing a variety of challenging characters. Among her most memorable films are Atlantic City, Bull Durham, White Palace, Thelma and Louise and Lorenzo’s Oil.  She won the 1995 Oscar Award for Best Actress for her performance in Dead Man Walking.

Other credits include Enchanted, Shall We Dance, Alfie, Moonlight Mile, Igby Goes Down, The Banger Sisters, Stepmom, Cradle Will Rock, Anywhere But Here, Speed Racer, Romance and Cigarettes, The Hunger, White Palace, Enchanted, Mr. Woodcock and In the Valley of Elah.

The actress has made numerous television appearances. In 2007 she was nominated for an Emmy for her role as the eccentric heiress Doris Duke in the highly acclaimed HBO film Bernard and Doris.

On Broadway, Ms. Sarandon appeared in Exit the King with Geoffrey Rush and in Gore Vidal’s An Evening with Richard Nixon. She received critical acclaim for her off-Broadway performances in A Coupla of White Chicks Sitting Around Talkin’ and the thriller Extremities.

Ms. Sarandon received the Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership in 1999.

Susan Sarandon lives in New York.


 

 

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