Actress and activist Susan Sarandon started her film career as a self-declared "hippie chick" in Joe (1970) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), then charted an independent course through five decades of films. Sarandon’s mix of wide-eyed wonder and relaxed resilience marks her singular film persona, captured here by Brigitte Lacombe. Her cool sensuality runs through her roles in Pretty Baby (1978) and Atlantic City (1980)—both directed by Louis Malle—and her tough-mama turns in Bull Durham (1988) and Thelma & Louise (1991). She has often explored women’s sexuality openly on screen, from her lesbian scene in The Hunger (1983) to the class struggle of White Palace (1990). Over the past generation, Sarandon has brought together her acting and social activism, narrating various documentaries on political issues and earning an Oscar for Dead Man Walking (1995).