‘I’ve done ev­ery­thing wrong, so there’s no ex­pla­na­tion as to why I’m still around’

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LIFE STORY -

cer­e­mony to raise aware­ness of HIV-pos­i­tive Haitian refugees. (This was decades be­fore it was de rigueur to use the thank-you slot to cham­pion a cause.)

ever-af­ter love story, it was mis­taken. In 2009, af­ter more than 20 years to­gether, Su­san and Tim split. Tim ad­mit­ted to go­ing a few months ear­lier, and Su­san, then 63, was linked to Jonathan Brick­lin, 32, her ping-pong club busi­ness part­ner, who she’d met on a road trip through Chile. Su­san got a tat­too around her wrist with the letters A. N. D, stand­ing for ‘A New Dawn, A New Day’ and em­braced her free­dom; much to the alarm of her now-adult chil­dren. ‘One said, “I’m not sure who you are any more,”’ she’s since shared. ‘I said, “I’m the per­son I was be­fore you came along.”’

In 2015, she and Jonathan made a re­al­ity show chart­ing their re­la­tion­ship be­fore break­ing up later the same year. Not in their re­la­tion­ships with Su­san. As a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for the LGBT community, she is vo­cal in her sup­port of her 24-year-old mu­si­cian son Miles’s cross-dress­ing. For Jack Henry, 27, the link is with his mother’s ac­tivism – he cred­its her with mak­ing him in­cor­po­rate it into his work as a di­rec­tor. Last year, they made Sto­ried Streets, across the US. ‘Ac­tivism has to do with your heart,’ he says. ‘I in­her­ited my heart from my mother.’

Here, then, is the thing about Su­san Saran­don: Noth­ing about her is pre­dictable. She es­chews the be­lief that be­cause she is a Demo­crat and a woman she must wor­ship at the al­tar of Hil­lary Clin­ton and was in­stead loud in her praise of fel­low Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders. Su­san is mil­lion) – and she rides around the Burn­ing Man fes­ti­val on to task for wear­ing a vis­i­ble bra to present the ‘In Memoriam’ sec­tion at the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards in Jan­uary, she re­sponded with a #TBT im­age of her younger self, wide-eyed and sans top.

as to why I’m still around,’ she muses on her longevity. ‘I’ve taken years off to have chil­dren, I’ve been out­spo­ken po­lit­i­cally, and here I am. I’m here be­cause all my plans failed.’

ABOVE Su­san at the War­wick Ho­tel, New York, in 1978 RIGHT Along­side Geena Davis in

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