IN SUSAN’S WORDS…
“Human trafficking is a vicious crime that claims so many innocent victims each year. To see young innocent children forced into a life of sexual slavery is something that is so profoundly sad that one cannot help but want to do everything in their power to put an end to this crime that is so easily ignored."
"I have been personally inspired by the work of Somaly Mam and I encourage anyone who can devote time and money to help Somaly continue to make a difference in this world. Please give unselfishly to this vital cause and take great pleasure in knowing that there is no more important mission that helping the victims forge a new life.”
Susan Sarandon is the eldest of nine children and was born in New York City. She attended The Catholic University of America from 1964 to 1968 where she attained a BA in drama, working with noted drama coach and master teacher Father Gilbert Hartke. Her first big screen appearance was in the movie "Joe," where she appeared with Peter Boyle. Susan also appeared in the cult favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." That same year, she played the female lead in "The Great Waldo Pepper," opposite Robert Redford. Sarandon became a "household name" after her magnificent performance in the 1988 film "Bull Durham," which became a great commercial and critical success. During the course of her career, Sarandon received five Academy Award nominations for best actress: "Atlantic City" (1981), "Thelma & Louise" (1991), "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992), and "The Client" (1994), finally winning in 1996 for her work in "Dead Man Walking". Other films include "Witches of Eastwick" (1987), "Stepmom" (1998), "Anywhere but Here" (1999), "Cradle Will Rock" (1999), "The Banger Sisters" (2002), "Shall We Dance" (2004), "Alfie" (2004), "Elizabethtown" (2005) and "Romance & Cigarettes" (2007).
Ms. Sarandon is noted for her passionate support of numerous social, environmental and human rights causes. She's continually recognized for her work in these arenas and was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She's also a very committed anti-war activist and took a firm stance against the Iraq War from the outset. Within the past few years, Sarandon has become a powerful voice committed to helping end sexual slavery and human trafficking. She is a respected and tireless advocate who helps make a difference to every cause she is involved with each day.