Susan Sarandon

Birth Name: Susan Abigail Tomalin

Place of Birth: Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 4, 1946

*50% Italian, including Sicilian
*25% English, with a smaller amount of Welsh
*12.5% German
*12.5% Irish

Susan Sarandon, born Susan Abigail Tomalin, is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Dead Man Walking (1995).

She is the daughter of Leonora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin. She has a daughter, actress Eva Amurri, with her former partner, Italian director Franco Amurri; and two children, including actor and musician Miles Robbins, with her former partner, actor, filmmaker, and activist Tim Robbins. Her surname is from her first marriage, to actor Chris Sarandon.

Her father’s ancestry was one half English (with some Welsh), one quarter German, and one quarter Irish. Her mother is of Italian (including Sicilian) descent.

Susan’s paternal grandfather was William Arthur Tomalin III (the son of William Arthur Tomalin, Jr. and Susanna Beams). Susan’s grandfather William was born in New Jersey. Susan’s great-grandfather William was born in Hackney, London, Middlesex, England, the son of William Tomalin and Sarah Eyles. Susanna was born in Wiltshire, England, the daughter of James Beams and Sophia Guyatt. The Tomalin family line originates in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Susan’s paternal grandmother was Alberta Agnes Boehner (the daughter of George Albert Boehner and Winfred Lavina Hanily). Alberta was born in New Jersey. George was born in Germany, the son of Joseph Boehner. Winfred was born in New Jersey, to Irish parents, Martin Hanily and Mary Noon.

Susan’s maternal grandfather was Giovanni/Giuseppe/Joseph Vincenzo/Vincent Criscione (the son of Angelo Criscione and Salvatria/Salvatrice Cicetra/Licitra). Giovanni was born in Ragusa, Sicily, Italy.

Susan’s maternal grandmother was Anita Evelyn/Evilyn Rigali (the daughter of Mansueto Rigali and Angelina Bonturi). Anita was born in New York, the daughter of Italian emigrants, from Coreglia, Province of Lucca, Tuscany. Mansueto was the son of Giovanni Egidio Giorgio Rigali and Teresa Bosi. Angelina was the daughter of Gaetano Bonturi and Zafira.


Notes on Susan’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, at The Huffington Post –

Genealogies of Susan Sarandon –

Gravestones of Susan’s maternal great-grandparents, Angelo Criscione and Salvatria/Salvatrice Cicetra/Licitra –

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14 Replies to “Susan Sarandon”

    1. I made a typo. I meant to say paternal great grandparents. But it appears that her paternal great grandfather, William Arthur Tomalin, Jr., has Welsh ancestry. The article mentions that there is mention of the Tomalin family being traced back as far as 1280 in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

  1. I’m from Sicily and i know that her mother has sicilian origins from my city. Do you think a Sicilian can’t have fair skin??? My skyn is white as porcelain

      1. They are a bit more than just an ethnicity in the sense that there are distinguishing phenotypical features between both. Germans, even in the South, have generally a fairer skin, and there are typical faces. But of course, there’s no distinct line between them.

        In my view she looks more German than Italian. But that’s not really a contradiction. North Italy had a Celtic population (“Gallia cisalpina”), the Germanic Visigoths and Ostrogoths settled there and later the Langobards (engl. “longbeards”). You find many blonde North Italians.

        1. I think both Susan and her daughter look Italian as hell, btw Germany is a populous country and you will find some Susan look-alike for sure. About Barbaric tribes, they settled everywhere in Italy not just in the North.

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