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Unlike Geena, Susan had to attend the Academy Awards® many times before she walked away a winner.

Susan received her first nomination in 1981 for the movie Atlantic City, which she starred in alongside Richard Gere. That year, Katharine Hepburn took home the best actress award.

Over the next 13 years, Susan was nominated for her roles in Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo's Oil and The Client. Then in 1995, Susan received a nod for playing a nun in Dead Man Walking.

"Right before they announced the winner, Laurence Fishburne leaned over and said, 'If you don't win this, we're burning the place down,'" she says. "So that kind of relieved the tension a little bit."

Moments later, Susan finally received the statuette!
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FROM: Oscar® Legends
Published on January 01, 2006

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