I remember falling for Susan Sarandon the first time I saw Louis Malle's “Atlantic City” way back in 1980. Twelve years later, I could scarcely believe my luck when my family and I moved to the town in New York’s Westchester County where she and her live-in companion, Tim Robbins, weekended.

My first Susan sighting was an intense, up-close experience I’ll never forget. Shortly after we’d settled into the community, I was walking into a local market just as she was walking out. Under curly red tresses I beheld that unforgettable face. She gave me a radiant, direct, open smile — and I damn near fainted. I think they call it “star power,” but regardless of how you describe this charismatic force, Susan Sarandon has always had it — gobs of it.

Now, nearly a quarter century later, she’s approaching 70, and shows little sign of slowing down. Lucky us. To celebrate the legacy of this impossibly talented star, we’ve assembled some pictures that should make you fall in love with Susan Sarandon all over again. Not that that’s hard to do.



Looking (deceptively) innocent.


Susan always felt her cleavage was overrated. We respectully disagree.


The gaze that hypnotizes.


Hope she doesn't catch a chill.


Why bother dressing up — or even dressing?


The “don't mess with me” look. We wouldn't dare.


Look! No straps!


Sweater girl.


How could you refuse this lady anything?


Cheekbones to die for.


The lady Tim Robbins fell for on the set of “Bull Durham” (1988).


Wait — let me get into my trunks.


What a pair! Susan and Geena Davis in “Thelma and Louise” (1991).


All glammed up.


The years have been kind...



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