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Series One, Episode Five: Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon was always intrigued by her enigmatic grandmother, Anita Rigali, who disappeared when Susan’s mother Leonora was a child. Anita didn’t reappear again until Leonora was a teenager and, aside from a couple of meetings, Leonora never heard from Anita again. Susan had heard rumours that Anita was a showgirl in New York but nothing was certain – where was she from and what happened to her?

In New York Susan learns of Anita’s poverty-stricken childhood which was marred by tragedy. Some clever sleuthing catapults Susan to Italy in search of the Rigali family line, where she discovers she has very deep Italian roots. Back in New York Susan uncovers a death certificate, which provides the missing link to tracking down some long-lost relatives and the fate of Anita.

Who Do You Think You Are? Susan Sarandon – Premiere – Tuesday, 14 February at 7.35pm on SBS and SBS on Demand