Labeled as an erotic horror film, 1983’s “The Hunger” was quite controversial, to say the least. Though, to be fair, any movie featuring David Bowie is bound to raise some kind of controversy. Starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Deneuve, the film is a modern vampire story with some adult scenes that are considered very racy.
One of the most notable and most controversial of Susan Sarandon’s acting career is the one where she and Catherine Deneuve appear in a particularly intimate love scene. Many considered this to be the only scene worth watching out of the entire film.
A French Romance
In 1978, a young Susan Sarandon was cast to star in French director Louis Malle’s historical drama film, “Pretty Baby.” Alongside a young Brooke Shields (who was only 12 years old at the time) and actor Keith Carradine, Sarandon played a prostitute in New Orleans’ 1917 red light district.
During the production of the film, Sarandon and director Malle started a romance that lasted for quite a while. Malle was 14 years older than her and completely smitten by Sarandon. They went on to work on a second film some years later, which earned the actress her first Oscar nomination.
Sarandon’s First Academy Award Nomination
In 1981, Sarandon was cast in another one of Louis Malle’s films. This time it was “Atlantic City.” The film was a romantic crime drama that was a critical and commercial success, being nominated for five Academy Awards.
Sarandon played the lead female role of Sally, a disenfranchised waitress that’s just trying to make ends meet. Her portrayal was so incredible that it earned Sarandon her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the 1982 Academy Awards Ceremony. This was only the beginning of a long line of accolades, awards, and nominations that will decorate this star's career in the future.
Her Romance With David Bowie
Few people know about the relationship between Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. The two became very close after filming “The Hunger,” and Susan said in interviews years later that it was a serious romance that came to an end because the rockstar wanted to have a family.
Due to her health issues with endometriosis, Susan said she believed she “wasn’t meant to have kids.” Bowie eventually fell in love and married Iman, the gorgeous Somali supermodel, and the two had a daughter. Sarandon and Bowie both lived in New York City for decades and remained friends right up until Bowie’s death.
An Amazing Surprise
In 1984, Susan Sarandon met her next partner in Italy. His name was Franco Amurri. The special man was a film director back then, and the two fell in love almost instantly. Sarandon has later joked that, while they were dating, Amurri still lived with his parents.
They became inseparable, and the biggest surprise came when Sarandon got pregnant at age 39. Up until that point, Sarandon didn't think she could conceive at all. In fact, Doctors had told her this was not possible due to a severe condition of endometriosis. Alas, she and Amurri welcomed daughter Eva in 1985.