Over the course of her 47 year long acting career, Susan Sarandon has tackled roles as diverse as a teenager trapped in a mansion full of alien transvestites, a woman on the run from the law with her best friend, and a Catholic nun desperately trying to save a man from the executioner’s chair. One of the biggest female stars in Hollywood, the seventy one year old star show no signs of slowing down. Here are twenty fascinating facts that you might not know about Susan Sarandon.

She Has LOTS Of Siblings!

Susan was born on October 4th 1946 in Jackson Heights in the New York borough of Queens. She comes from a HUGE family. Sarandon has eight brothers and sisters. Her brothers are called Philip, Terry, Tim and O’Brian, and her sisters are called Meredith, Bonnie, Amanda, and Missy. All of her brothers and sisters are still alive apart from Terry who sadly passed away in 2016.

She’s No Stranger To The Long Arm Of The Law

Susan is famous throughout the world as a political protester, and it’s something she’s been active in since a very early age. She became involved in the anti-Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and for her troubles was arrested on several occasions. This didn’t put her off, of course, and she remains active in protest movements to this day.

She Has A B.A. In Drama

Susan’s not only an incredible talent on and off screen, she’s also an educated lady. She attended The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. between 1964 and 1968 and earned a bachelor’s degree in drama. While she was studying at the university, she was taught by the legendary drama coach, Father Gilbert V. Hartke.