Susan Sarandon, born Susan Tomalin, is known as one of the finest actors after starting her career in 1951, over 60 years ago. Nearly twenty years after her first acting role, she began acting again after college, when she landed a role in the cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” alongside Tim Curry. Then, she gained even more recognition for playing Louise in the favorite best friend tale, “Thelma & Louise” with Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, and Brad Pitt. A few years later, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in “Dead Man Walking” alongside Sean Penn. She gained recognition for a number of other roles, earning several nods and nominations, which may also include her most recent role in Ryan Murphy’s “Feud” as screen legend Bette Davis, co-starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford.
Other than acting in a number of TV and movies over the years, Sarandon has also become known for her commitment to social causes, which includes marijuana legalization. The outspoken actor says, “I use my celebrity consciously so it doesn’t use me,” to express and highlight information that many people aren’t getting. Some of this information includes her opinion on marijuana legalization, “It’s absurd that more states haven’t legalized it. Economically, it makes such sense for the infrastructure of a state to have that kind of income. It can be an important source of revenue... There’s a lot of very clear scientific support for medical marijuana.” She also supports recreational marijuana, admitting to smoking on a number of occasions including some award shows and with David Bowie when they were dating. She never really enjoyed drinking, so when she smoked for the first time in college, she found something she did enjoy, “I remember thinking: ‘Oh, this is much more my speed. This definitely works better for me.’”