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Susan Sarandon: The Making of a Meaningful Life

Susan Sarandon on what it takes to be a hero, change the world, and maybe even have a happy life.

Nigel Parry / CPI Syndication

If it’s hard for older women to remain relevant in Hollywood, then Susan Sarandon didn’t get the memo. Or, more likely, she took one look at the memo and crumpled it up. At 66, Sarandon is working more than ever, on-screen and off. This month, she is slated to begin production on a movie with Kevin Kline, exploring the life of Errol Flynn. January also marks the DVD release of Arbitrage, in which she stole the show as a refreshingly age-appropriate—and sexy, and accomplished, and civic-minded—wife to a philandering mogul played by Richard Gere. She’s acted on Broadway, been impersonated at myriad midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and brought home an Oscar for 1995’s Dead Man Walking. But she is equally acclaimed as a social and environmental activist, having spent decades in support of peace and human rights efforts. A mother to three, she also works on behalf of the world’s children as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She sat down with us to talk about volunteering, which she says keeps her sane, gives her hope, and allows her to meet incredible people.On TransformationThe beauty of be …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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