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Susan Sarandon Shines

While it's been said good parts in Hollywood are hard to come by for a woman of a mature age, fans are lucky Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon hasn't listened.

Sarandon joined The Early Show to discuss not one, but three different movies of hers which were released this September.

The award-winning actress seems to be everywhere on celluloid. She played the title character's mother in "Igby Goes Down," co-starred with Goldie Hawn in "The Banger Sisters" and co-starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Moonlight Mile."

Sarandon's character in "Igby Goes Down" is the self-absorbed mother of an angry, rebellious, and sarcastic 17-year-old. The dark comedy follows Igby's journey from military school to New York in a quest to free himself from the oppressive dysfunction of his family and figure out what he wants for himself.

In "The Banger Sisters," Sarandon and Hawn play self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball who were regularly on the arms of every music legend of their time and thus earned their most appropriate nickname, "The Banger Sisters." They reunite two decades after ending their wild times together and find that though much has changed, much has also stayed the same.

"Moonlight Mile" finds Sarandon playing another mother, but this time she grieves for the recent death of her daughter. Through the drama, the movie tries to find comedy or life after death.

The former Ford model's next project will be the television mini-series "Children of Dune."

Facts About Susan Sarandon

  • 1946: Susan Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights, Queens on October 4th and raised in Metuchen, NJ
  • Began career as a model with the Ford Agency
  • 1970: Screen debut in "Joe"; had accompanied then-husband Chris Sarandon to his audition for the film; she was hired instead
  • 1970-1971: First regular TV role, appeared in the ABC daytime soap, "A World Apart"
  • 1972: Broadway debut as Tricia Nixon in Gore Vidal's "An Evening With Richard Nixon and . . ."
  • 1972: Acted on the daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow"
  • 1974: Played the fictionalized heroine in the TV dramatization "F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles" (ABC)
  • 1975: Co-starred as Janet in cult hit "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
  • 1975: Was leading lady to Robert Redford in "The Great Waldo Pepper"
  • 1978: First film with director Louis Malle, "Pretty Baby", playing Brooke Shields' prostitute mother
  • 1980: Re-teamed with Malle for "Atlantic City"; earned first Best Actress Oscar nomination playing a young casino employee who falls for older Burt Lancaster
  • 1980: Off-Broadway debut in "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking"
  • 1982: Acted with John Cassavetes and wife Gena Rowlands in Paul Mazursky's "Tempest," loosely based on Shakespeare's play
  • 1982: Starred opposite Christopher Walken in the acclaimed PBS drama "Who Am I This Time?", directed by Jonathan Demme
  • 1983: Love scene with Catherine Deneuve in Tony Scott's "The Hunger" created a minor furor
  • 1985: Starred as a housewife investigating a murder in the comedy-drama "Compromising Positions"; was pregnant with first child during filming which was noticeably visible in some scenes
  • 1987: Co-starred in first film with director George Miller for "The Witches of Eastwick"
  • 1988: Met companion Tim Robbins while co-starring in hit comedy "Bull Durham"
  • 1990: Portrayed older waitress who becomes involved with younger yuppie James Spader in "White Palace"
  • 1991: Co-starred with Geena Davis in hit female buddy film, "Thelma & Louise", directed by Ridley Scott; earned second Best Actress Oscar nomination; Made cameo appearance as herself in Robert Altman's "The Player", starring Robbins
  • 1992: Re-teamed with Miller for "Lorenzo's Oil", garnering third Best Actress Academy Award nomination; Played small role in Robbins' feature directing debut, "Bob Roberts"
  • 1994: Portrayed the matriarch of the March family in Gillian Armstrong's "Little Women"; Picked up a fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination for her turn as a non-nonsense Southern attorney in "The Client"
  • 1995: Starred in Robbins' "Dead Man Walking" opposite Sean Penn; won Oscar as Best Actress; Robbins' nomination as Best Director made them the first couple since Cassavetes and Rowlands to be jointly nominated for their work together
  • 1998: Cast as a movie star married to Gene Hackman who calls upon old friend detective Paul Newman for assistance in Robert Benton's "Twilight"; Co-starred with Ed Harris and Julia Roberts in the comedy-drama "Stepmom"; also served as executive producer
  • 1999: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Acted opposite Stephen Dorff as a woman taken hostage by a bank robber in HBO movie, "Earthly Possessions", adapted from the novel by Anne Tyler; Starred as a single mother of a teenager in Wayne Wang's "Anywhere But Here"; Made cameo appearance in Robbins' feature "The Cradle Will Rock"
  • 2000: Provided the voice for Coco La Bouche in the animated film "Rugrats in Paris - The Movie"
  • 2001: Voiced the dog Ivy in the feature "Cats & Dogs"; Made guest appearance in an episode of "Friends" (NBC), playing a soap opera actress; received Emmy nomination
  • 2002: Made guest appearance on "Malcolm In The Middle"; received Emmy nomination