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Susan Sarandon was robbed in her sleep

Susan Sarandon was robbed in her sleep

Susan Sarandon was saved by Walter Matthau after she was robbed while she was sleeping.

The star, now 69, stayed at the famous Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles when she first came to the city as a budding young actress.

During her time at the complex, which was "a lot more rundown" than it is now, Susan found herself the victim of a theft.

"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," Susan said during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night (03May16). "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…"

Understandably distressed, Susan went to the set the next day and explained her situation to her co-stars on The Front Page - including Walter. And the actor, who died in 2000, chivalrously stepped in to help the youngster.

"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," Susan remembered.

Susan is much more used to the ways of Los Angeles now that she's a world-famous celebrity. But when she first came to L.A., she admits she used to draw attention to herself because she walked everywhere.

"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!"

- Cover Media