Won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Dead Man Walking in 1996. Her other major films include Thelma & Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Anywhere but Here, Elizabethtown, and Enchanted. She plays actress Bette Davis in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan.
She attended the Catholic University of America. In 1970, she made her film debut in the drama Joe.
She became extremely involved in liberal activism and worked with UNICEF, EMILY's List, and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
She married Chris Sarandon in 1967, and the couple divorced in 1979. She was then in a relationship with Tim Robbins from 1988 to 2009. She has two sons named Miles and Jack and her daughter Eva Amurri became a TV actress on such shows as the Showtime series Californication and Fox's New Girl.