Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon is an American actress. She has worked in films and television since 1969, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress
Academy Award for Best Actress
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry...

 for her performance in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking
Dead Man Walking (film)
Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American drama film directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name...

. She had also been nominated for the award for four films before that and has received other recognition for her work. She is also noted for her social and political activism
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 for a variety of liberal causes.
Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City to a Roman Catholic family, the eldest of nine children of Leonora Marie (née
Married and maiden names
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 Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin (September 26, 1917 – March 26, 1999), who worked as an advertising executive, television producer, and nightclub
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 singer during the big band
Big band
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Kind of like the difference between making love and masturbation, I'd say.

Responding to the question "What to you is the difference between stage and film?" in Inside the Actors Studio|Inside the Actors Studio, Season 4, Episode 13 (aired 15 November 1998)

Religion is not black and white. It's much more complicated. Spirituality is much bigger than that. God is much bigger than that. I don't believe in a wrathful God. I believe he's much more forgiving and inclusive than some religions. The things that are done in her name or his name are horrible.

"'The Power of One' : Interview with Susan Sarandon"