Susan Sarandon recalls one last bizarre phone call with David Bowie
It’s been almost six years since David Bowie died at age 69 after suffering an 18-month battle with liver cancer, but Susan Sarandon still remembers bits and pieces of their time together as lovers and friends.
In an interview with You magazine, Sarandon recalled her relationship with Bowie and their decades-long friendship after starring together in “The Hunger” in 1983. Although the couple didn’t go the distance, Sarandon revealed that the two were able to stay in touch.
âIt’s not that we dragged around a lot – he had a number of health issues to deal with – but we did,â she explained.
The 75-year-old actor said the last time she saw Bowie was at the premiere of his musical “Lazarus,” which took place in early December 2015, just a month before he passed away. After the show, Sarandon said she traveled to the Greek island of Lesvos to highlight the refugee crisis unfolding on the island as a longtime activist.
She described the experience as the “hardest thing” she has ever done, explaining that it was “an endless stream of despair with no recourse or way to fix it.” Because of this, she was not sleeping very well and when she knew she had to get up early the next morning, she took Ambien.
“And I had this dream that David called me and we had this conversation and hanging up I thought (in the dream),” No one is going to believe me, that David Bowie called me in Lesbos “” she said. noted.
The dream was so vivid that Sarandon wasn’t sure it was actually a dream after all, adding, “Then later I thought, ‘Did he really call me?'”
âAnd I went to my phone and he did. I have no recollection of what that conversation was, âshe said. âHe died a week later. It is so frustrating. There was a double rainbow in New York on the day David Bowie died.
Sarandon said that towards the end of Bowie’s life, the two had a friendly and touching reunion after decades of knowing each other.
“I was fortunate to be closer to him just before his death, for the past two months,” she explained. âHe found me. We talked to each other and said things that needed to be said. I was so lucky to be able to see him when he told me what was going on with him.
The “Thelma & Louise” star first revealed that she and Bowie were lovers during a 2014 interview with The Guardian. She told the outlet that they gathered around the filming of “The Hunger” over 30 years ago.
âHe’s extraordinary,â she said at the time. âIt was a really interesting time. I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine kids and mothered them all, so I was never in a fashion where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, which gene pool you are tapping into.
Earlier this year, the actor appeared on the “Divorced, not dead” podcast and revealed that if given a choice, she wouldn’t have gotten married. When she was 17, she married actor Chris Sarandon while they were studying at the Catholic University of America.
âI was in college when I was 17,â she told the host. âWe ended up dating. Finally, my first sexual experience. I was so grateful. I decided to get married, and only because we would have been kicked out of school. So we agreed that we would decide each year whether to renew or not. “
The couple were married for seven years before “deciding to move on with each other.”
“(I) never wanted to get married the first time,” she added.
After several relationships with prominent celebrities, Sarandon dated director Franco Amurri between 1984 and 1988. They share a daughter, 36-year-old blogger Eva Amurri. Sarandon had his second and third children with actor Tim Robbins: sons Jack, 32, and Miles, 29.