Susan Sarandon, 69, had a terrible but funny experience with robbers at the famous Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles when she first came to the city as a budding young actress, it has been reported.
The actress was was sleeping when the criminals carried out an attack in her room.
In her recent revelation on the incident which occurred many years ago, she admitted that Walter Matthau gave her a helping hand through the most difficult time of her life. Susan said it was riskier staying in the hotel a few years ago than now.
In her words during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night May 3, 2016: “The day I was going to move out I was doing (1974 movie) The Front Page, and the night before I put everything into my basket – my diary, my money and everything.
“And I woke up in the morning and someone had stolen everything.
“Someone had come into my room, which was the creepy part because I was sleeping, then – before four children I was a heavier sleeper. But someone came in, took everything, and I was supposed to check into another apartment with all my stuff…”
That was a crime movie in real life, for the actress. Though she was distress as she explained, she still had to move on with her next day engagements.
Susan went to the set and explained her situation to her co-stars on The Front Page – including the late actor, Walter, who died in 2000. He was very kind and offered great assistance, Susan recalled.
“I went to the set and I was really upset and Walter Matthau, God bless him, was so sweet, and a gambler, so he took a big wad of money out of his pocket, peeled me off a few notes and said, ‘Here you go honey, you can pay me back later,’ and he saved my a*s,” the actress said.
The actress confessed that she got used to the street life in Los Angeles after hitting stardom. It isn’t the same anymore as in the early years when she was a naive young girl who sought and drew attention everywhere she went.
“Being from New York I didn’t drive really for a while, so I was walking around, and you really can’t walk around in that area without getting arrested,” she recalled.
“They think you’re a hooker. I was dressed nicely, it’s not the way you are dressed, but it’s just unusual you would be walking there. So I was constantly having to explain why I was walking, so that wasn’t great!”
Susan Abigail Sarandon born October 4, 1946 is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.
She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.