Joan Cusack

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Joan Cusack
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Cusack in June 2010, being interviewed for Toy Story 3.
BornJoan Mary Cusack
(1962-10-11) October 11, 1962 (age 51)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
EducationPiven Theatre Workshop
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Home townEvanston, Illinois
Spouse(s)Richard Burke (m. 1993)
Children2
ParentsDick Cusack (father)
FamilyJohn Cusack (brother),
Ann Cusack (sister)
 
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Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack June 2010 cropped.jpg
Cusack in June 2010, being interviewed for Toy Story 3.
BornJoan Mary Cusack
(1962-10-11) October 11, 1962 (age 51)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
EducationPiven Theatre Workshop
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Home townEvanston, Illinois
Spouse(s)Richard Burke (m. 1993)
Children2
ParentsDick Cusack (father)
FamilyJohn Cusack (brother),
Ann Cusack (sister)

Joan Mary Cusack (born October 11, 1962)[2] is an American film, stage and television actress.

Cusack has appeared in films, television and stage productions, receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the movies Working Girl and In & Out, as well as one Golden Globe nomination. She has appeared in other films such as Addams Family Values, Broadcast News, Stars and Bars, Married to the Mob, Say Anything..., Arlington Road, Runaway Bride, School of Rock, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. She was a cast member on the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live in 1985–86.

Cusack currently stars on the Showtime hit drama/comedy Shameless, as Sheila Jackson for which she has received three Emmy Award nominations.

Early life and education[edit]

Cusack, the second of five children, was born in New York City, New York, and raised in Evanston, Illinois.[3] Her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist.[4][5][6] Her late father, Richard John "Dick" Cusack, as well as her siblings Ann, Bill, John, and Susie, have also been or are actors. Her family is Irish American and Catholic.

Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Career[edit]

Cusack has twice been nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her work in Working Girl and In & Out. She appeared with her brother John in the movies Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., Class, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank, Say Anything..., Cradle Will Rock, Martian Child, and most recently, War, Inc. In the film Addams Family Values she played serial divorcee and murderer 'Debbie Jellinsky'. She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom What About Joan? in 2001–02 and the hit film Arlington Road. For many years, Cusack was also the commercial spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular. She's very well known as the head-teacher of Horace Green Elementary School as 'Rosalie 'Roz' Mullins in School of Rock. She also voiced Jessie in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, and played Dr. Burton, the therapist of Charlie (Logan Lerman), in the teen film The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).

Cusack was a cast member on the NBC sketch show, Saturday Night Live, from 1985 to 1986. Her recurring characters on Saturday Night Live included, "Salena," a socially inept girl who tries to ask out her boyfriend, "Biff" (played by Jon Lovitz), who is also socially inept. In addition, she did celebrity impersonations of Brooke Shields, Jane Fonda and Queen Elizabeth II.

She has been nominated four times for the American Comedy Award, in the category of "Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" and has won three times, for Runaway Bride, (1999), In & Out (1997) and Working Girl (1988). She has also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for In & Out.

In 2003, both Joan and her brother John signed the "Not in My Name" resolution (along with people such as Noam Chomsky and Susan Sarandon) opposing the invasion of Iraq.

Cusack narrates the public TV animated series Peep and the Big Wide World. In September 2010, Cusack guest starred on NBC's Law & Order: SVU.[7]

Shameless[edit]

In 2010, Cusack joined the Showtime drama/comedy Shameless, as Sheila Jackson, the mother of Karen Jackson (Laura Slade Wiggins). The first season premiered on January 9, 2011, and had its first finale March 27, 2011. Cusack replaced actress Allison Janney, who originally portrayed the role in the first edit of the pilot episode, but was forced to drop out of the part due to her series regular commitment on the ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine. Janney took the role understanding the character would be less prominent on the show, but when producers decided to increase the characters screen presence, she was forced to pull out of the part. Cusack has received critical acclaim for her performance, receiving Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Chicago attorney Richard Burke, the head of Corporate Services for Classified Ventures. They have two sons, Dylan John and Miles. She also owns a home in Three Oaks Township, Michigan and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980Cutting LooseMinor role
1980My BodyguardShelley
1983ClassJulia
1984Sixteen CandlesGeek Girl #1
1984Grandview, U.S.A.Mary Maine
1987Allnighter, TheThe AllnighterGina
1987Broadcast NewsBlair Litton
1988Stars and BarsIrene SteinBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1988Married to the MobRoseBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1988Working GirlCynAmerican Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1989Say Anything...Constance Dobler
1990Men Don't LeaveJody
1990My Blue HeavenHannah Stubs
1991The Cabinet of Dr. RamirezCathy
1992Accidental HeroEvelyn Laplante
1992ToysAlzatia Zevo
1993Addams Family ValuesDebbie JellinskyNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994Corrina, CorrinaJonesy
1995Nine MonthsGail DwyerNominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1995Two MuchGloria
1996Mr. WrongInga Gunther
1997Grosse Pointe BlankMarcellaChlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
1997Smile Like Yours, AA Smile Like YoursNancy Tellen
1997In & OutEmily MontgomeryAmerican Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Comedy
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1999Arlington RoadCheryl LangNominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999Cradle Will RockHazel Huffman
1999Runaway BridePeggy FlemmingAmerican Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999Toy Story 2Jessie (voice)Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Hissy Fit
2000High FidelityLiz
2000Where the Heart IsRuth Meyers
2002It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieRachel Bitterman
2003School of RockRosalie Mullins
2003Looney Tunes: Back in ActionMother
2004Raising HelenJenny Portman
2004Last Shot, TheThe Last ShotFanny Nash
2004Peep and the Big Wide WorldNarrator (Voice)Animated TV Series
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
2005Ice PrincessJoan Carlyle
2005Chicken LittleAbby Mallard (voice)
2006Friends with MoneyFranny
2007Martian ChildLiz
2008War, Inc.Marsha Dillon
2008Kit Kittredge: An American GirlMiss Lucinda Bond
2009Confessions of a ShopaholicJane Bloomwood
2009My Sister's KeeperJudge De Salvo
2009AcceptanceNina
2010Toy Story 3Jessie (voice)
2011Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. EvilVerushka the Witch (voice)
2011Mars Needs MomsMilo's mom (performance capture)
2011Hawaiian VacationJessie (voice)Short film
2011Small FryJessie (voice)Short film
2011Arthur ChristmasMission Control Elf (voice)
2012Partysaurus RexJessie (voice)Short film
2012The Perks of Being a WallflowerDr. Burton
2014Welcome to MeFilming
2015Kitchen SinkFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985–1986Saturday Night LiveVarious
2001–2002What About Joan?Joan GallagherCTV Television Network
2004–PresentPeep and the Big Wide WorldNarrator
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPamela BurtonGuest Appearance: "Locum"
2011–presentShamelessSheila JacksonNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2011, 2012, 2013)
2013The OfficeErin's biological motherGuest Appearance: "Finale"
2013Toy Story of Terror!Jessie (voice)Television Special

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1228/1229) (Time Inc.). Oct 12/19, 2012. p. 23. 
  2. ^ Joan Cusack Biography. Tribute.ca
  3. ^ "Interview with Joan Cusack by Allan Johnson". Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Cusack, Richard J.". Chicago Tribune. June 3, 2003. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Miss Carolan, Newton Centre, Is Bride of Richard Cusack". Daily Boston Globe. February 14, 1960. 
  6. ^ "Newton Girl Plans February Wedding". Daily Boston Globe. December 6, 1959. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Joan Cusack Signs on to Law & Order: SVU". TVGuide.com. 

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