Joanna Cassidy

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Joanna Cassidy
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Joanna Cassidy in 2007
BornJoanna Virginia Caskey
(1945-08-02) August 2, 1945 (age 69)[1]
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Kennard C. Kobrin (1964–1974) (divorced) 2 children
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Joanna Cassidy
Joanna Cassidy LF adjusted.jpg
Joanna Cassidy in 2007
BornJoanna Virginia Caskey
(1945-08-02) August 2, 1945 (age 69)[1]
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Kennard C. Kobrin (1964–1974) (divorced) 2 children

Joanna Cassidy (born August 2, 1945) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner (1982) and Dolores in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). She has won a Golden Globe Award, was nominated for three Emmy Awards and also was nominated for Saturn Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Cassidy also has starred in films such as Under Fire, The Fourth Protocol, The Package, Where the Heart Is, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Vampire in Brooklyn and Ghosts of Mars. From 2001 to 2005, she played Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. From 2011 to 2013, she played Joan Hunt on the ABC series Body of Proof.

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Cassidy was born Joanna Virginia Caskey in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Virginia and Joe Caskey.[2] She attended Haddonfield Memorial High School, where she described herself as being "a rowdy kid". She is known for infectious, howling laugh which can be heard in the film The Laughing Policeman.[3]

Joanna Cassidy in 1974

At an early age, Cassidy was involved in painting and sculpture and went on to major in art at Syracuse University in New York.[4] During her time there, she married Kennard C. Kobrin in 1964, a doctor in residency, and found work as a fashion model. The couple moved to San Francisco, where her husband set up a psychiatric practice while Cassidy continued modeling. In 1968, she landed a bit part in Bullitt. Following her divorce in 1974, Cassidy decided to move to Los Angeles.


Cassidy's first film appearance was in "The Outfit" (1973) which starred prominent actors Robert Ryan, Robert Duvall (his first leading role) and Joe Don Baker. Cassidy later appeared in a 1973 Smokey the Bear public service announcement (PSA), and television series such as Mission: Impossible, Starsky & Hutch and Taxi. She had a small role in the 1976 film Stay Hungry, an offbeat film about bodybuilding that featured a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cassidy was considered for the role of Wonder Woman for a television series, but lost it to Lynda Carter. She co-starred in the 1978 film Our Winning Season. Her first regular role was as sheriff's pilot Morgan Wainwright in the 1979 action-adventure series 240-Robert, though the series only lasted for two abbreviated seasons. Afterwards, Cassidy continued to appear in guest roles in series such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, as well as a regular role in the short-lived 1983 sitcom Buffalo Bill (for which she earned a Golden Globe Award).[4] She also starred in the short-lived 1985 NBC television series Code Name: Foxfire.[4]

In 1982, Cassidy had her first major feature film role as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.[5] The following year, she co-starred in Under Fire with Gene Hackman and Nick Nolte. She continued to appear in both films and television; she co-starred in the television miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985), and appeared in The Fourth Protocol (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Package (1989), Where the Heart Is (1990), and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991). In 1993, she co-starred with Dudley Moore in the sitcom Dudley, but the series only lasted for six episodes. She also appeared opposite James Garner, playing his ex-wife, in the 1994 television movie The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Her other screen credits from this era include Barbarians at the Gate (1993), the 1993 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, and Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). Cassidy also provided the voice of Inspector Maggie Sawyer in the WB's series Superman: The Animated Series, and had recurring guest roles on television shows such as L.A. Law, Melrose Place, Diagnosis: Murder and The District.[4]

Since 2000, Cassidy has appeared in the 2001 film Ghosts of Mars directed by John Carpenter, and had a recurring role as Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. In 2004, she also guest-starred in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise as T'Les (the Vulcan mother of Enterprise crewmember T'Pol) and she also had a recurring role as Beverly Bridge on the series Boston Legal in 2006. She also voiced the villainess, Hecubah, in the computer game Nox (2000) as well as once again voicing the character of Maggie Sawyer in the 2002 video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips.

In the spring of 2007, Cassidy donned Zhora's costume once more, 25 years after the release of Blade Runner, in order to recreate a climactic scene from the film for the fall 2007 Final Cut release of the film.[6] In the original 1982 release, a stunt performer played out Zhora's death scene, with the physical differences between the performer and Cassidy very evident (including the stuntwoman wearing a different wig). For the Final Cut, Cassidy's head was digitally transposed onto footage of the stunt performer, making the death scene fit continuity. According to the DVD featurette, All Our Variant Futures, it was Cassidy herself who suggested this be done; she is captured on video making the suggestion during filming of a retrospective interview related to Blade Runner.[7]

Joanna Cassidy in 1976

In the second season of the NBC series Heroes, she is seen in a photo of the twelve senior members of the show's mysterious company. Beyond appearances in photographs, the actress first appeared as Victoria Pratt in the tenth episode of season two, "Truth & Consequences", during which her character was killed off.

In 2008–2009, Cassidy appeared in episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: UK, and was also seen in the recurring guest role of Amanda Hawthorne, the mother-in-law of Jada Pinkett Smith's eponymous character in the medical drama HawthoRNe.

In 2011, Cassidy began to appear in a recurring role on the ABC series Body of Proof as Judge Joan Hunt, the mother of Megan Hunt, Dana Delany's character in the show. The series was canceled by ABC after three seasons in May 2013.



1973Outfit, TheThe OutfitRita Mailer
1973Laughing Policeman, TheThe Laughing PolicemanMonica
1974Bank ShotEleonora
1975Cursed Medallion, TheThe Cursed MedallionJoanna Morgan
1976Stay HungryZoe Miller
1977American RaspberryLisa Allen
1977Late Show, TheThe Late ShowLaura Birdwell
1977StuntsPatti Johnson
1978Our Winning SeasonSheila
1979Glove, TheThe GloveSheila Michaels
1980Night GamesJulie MillerSant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
1980ReunionPeggy SagerTelevision movie
1982Blade RunnerZhora
1983Under FireClaireNominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1984Invitation to HellPatricia "Pat" Winslow
1986Club ParadiseTerry Hamlin
1986PleasuresLillian BentonTelevision movie
1986The Children of Times SquareSue RobertsTelevision movie
1987Fourth Protocol, TheThe Fourth ProtocolIrina Vassilievna
1988Who Framed Roger RabbitDoloresNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
19881969Ev Karr
1988Nightmare at BittercreekAllison ShapiroTelevision movie
1989Package, TheThe PackageEileen Gallagher
1990Where the Heart IsJean McBain
1990Girl of the Limberlost, AA Girl of the LimberlostGene Stratton-PorterTelevision movie
1990Wheels of TerrorLauraTelevision movie
1991Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead'Rose Lindsey
1991Lonely HeartsErin Randall
1991All-American MurderErica DarbyVideo
1992LandslideLucy Matterson
1992Live! From Death RowAlana PowersTelevision movie
1992Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer StoryGeneva OverholserTelevision movie
1993Barbarians at the GateLinda RobinsonTelevision movie
1993Tommyknockers, TheThe TommyknockersSheriff Ruth MerrillTelevision movie
1995Vampire in BrooklynCapt. Dewey
1995Eye of the StalkerJudge Martha KnowltonTelevision movie
1996Chain ReactionMaggie McDermott
1997LovedElenore Amerson
1997Second Civil War, TheThe Second Civil WarHelena NewmanTelevision movie
1998Dangerous BeautyLaura Venier
2000Right Temptation, TheThe Right TemptationMaryanne
2001Ghosts of MarsWhitlock
2001AnthraxJackie Potter
2004IntermissionLoveShort film
2005Witches of the CaribbeanProf. AveburyVideo
2005Reading Room, TheThe Reading RoomDiana WestonTelevision movie
2006Virgin of Juarez, TheThe Virgin of JuarezEve
2006Larry the Cable Guy: Health InspectorLily Micelli
2007Kiss the BrideEvelyn Golski
2008American Standards, TheThe American StandardsAnn Jennings
2008Human Contract, TheThe Human ContractRose
2009StolenLea Adkins
2009For Sale by OwnerLinda Flannery
2010Flying LessonsTotty Kuspert
2010Anderson's CrossMrs. McCarthy
2013Heaven's DoorRuth
2013Living the DreamClaireTelevision movie
2013ZugzwangNancy WilliamsFilming
2013Too LateFilming
2014Night VetKellyShort film, completed


1978Roller Girls, TheThe Roller GirlsSelma "Books" Cassidy4 episodes
1978TaxiBeverlyEpisode: "High School Reunion"
1978Starsky and HutchHarry / MoniqueEpisode: "The Avenger"
1979-1980240-RobertDeputy Morgan Wainwright13 episodes
1980InsightLucyEpisode: "Resurrection"
1980DallasSally Bullock2 episodes
1980Trapper John, M.D.Dr. Carson WhitakerEpisode: "Warning: I May Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1981Trapper John, M.D.Maggie HoltzEpisode: "C.O.D."
1981Charlie's AngelsStacyEpisode: "Hula Angels"
1981Hart to HartBelleEpisode: "Slow Boat to Murder"
1981FloBilly JuneEpisode: "Footsie"
1982Strike ForceEve MurphyEpisode: "Turnabout"
1982Lou GrantBarbara CostiganEpisode: "Charlie"
1982Falcon CrestKatherine Demery5 episodes
1983Family Tree, TheThe Family TreeElizabeth NicholsEpisode: "1.2"
1983Fantasy IslandChristine DonovanEpisode: "Nurses Night Out"
1983-1984Buffalo BillJo Jo White26 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
1985Code Name: FoxfireElizabeth "Foxfire" Towne8 episodes
1985Hollywood WivesMarilee Gray2 episodes
1992Northern ExposureSolvang PlaneyEpisode: "The Three Amigos"
1992Ray Bradbury Theater, TheThe Ray Bradbury TheaterLaviniaEpisode: "The Lonely One"
1993DudleyLaraine Bristol5 episodes
1993CBS Schoolbreak SpecialLinda JurgensonEpisode: "Other Mothers"
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
1993L.A. LawJudge Carolyn WalkerEpisode: "Eli's Gumming"
1994L.A. LawJudge Carolyn Walker3 episodes
1994Burke's LawLiz CharlesEpisode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1994Murder, She WroteWillie GreenwoodEpisode: "Roadkill"
1994Hotel MalibuEleanor "Ellie" Mayfield6 episodes
1997Melrose PlaceKate Reilly3 episodes
1997-1998Superman: The Animated SeriesMaggie Sawyer (voice)8 episodes
1998Rude AwakeningColleen WoodsEpisode: "TV Mom"
1998Hunger, TheThe HungerGrace WallaceEpisode: "The Other Woman"
1999Twice in a LifetimeChristine EspositoEpisode: "Quality of Mercy"
1999-2000Diagnosis: MurderMadison Wesley8 episodes
2000Rude AwakeningColleen WoodsEpisode: "Star 80 Proof"
2001PhillyMarian MarshallEpisode: "Pilot"
2001District, TheThe DistrictTeddy Reed2 episodes
2001-2005Six Feet UnderMargaret Chenowith21 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2002District, TheThe DistrictTeddy Reed3 episodes
2003EverwoodEvelyn RowserEpisode: "The Price of Fame"
2004Star Trek: EnterpriseT'Les2 episodes
2006Boston LegalBeverly Bridge5 episodes
2007HeroesVictoria PrattEpisode: "Truth & Consequences"
2008In Plain SightDeandra BevinsEpisode: "Never the Bride"
2008Ghost WhispererFaith ClancyEpisode: "Threshold"
2009Desperate HousewivesMelina CominisEpisode: "Home Is the Place"
2009HawthorneAmanda Hawthorne4 episodes
2010Notes from the UnderbellyKayEpisode: "The Circle of Life"
2010-2012Call Me FitzElaine Fitzpatrick7 episodes
2011-2013Body of ProofJoan Hunt14 episodes
2012Franklin & BashCaptain Gina VaughnEpisode: "Summer Girls"
2013BonesMarianne Booth2 episodes


  1. ^ NetIndustries, LLC. (2007). "Joanna Cassidy Biography (1945–)". NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
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  3. ^ Staff. "Joanna Cassidy at reunion remembers self as a rowdy kid", Lakeland Ledger, November 27, 1983. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Actress Joanna Cassidy, star of the movie Under Fire, remembers being 'a rowdy kid' at Haddonfield Memorial High School two decades ago."
  4. ^ a b c d Joanna Cassidy- Biography
  5. ^ James Christopher (September 3, 2007). "Blade Runner: The Final Cut". London: Times Online. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  6. ^ Carolyn Giardina (2007). "Cutting a new 'Blade': No bloodshed allowed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ All Our Variant Futures, a featurette in Blade Runner Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition DVD set, 2007

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