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Joan Mary Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is an American film, stage and television actress. A well-respected comedic character actor,[1] she has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the movies Working Girl and In & Out and is a three-time winner of the American Comedy Award as "Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture." Cusack was a cast member of the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live in 1985-86. She is the sister of actor John Cusack.

Personal life

Joan Cusack was born in New York City to an Irish American Catholic family. She was raised in Evanston, Illinois.[2] Her mother, Nancy (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist.[3] Her father, Richard Cusack, as well as her siblings Ann, Bill, John and Susie, have also been actors.

Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is married to Chicago attorney Dick Burke, with whom she has two sons, Dylan John and Miles. She also owns a home in Three Oaks Township, Michigan.

Career

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. She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom What About Joan? in 2001–02. For many years, Cusack was also the commercial spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular.

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 currently narrates the public TV animated series Peep and the Big Wide World. She also recently signed on to guest-star on Law & Order: SVU.[4]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Cutting Loose Minor role
My Bodyguard Shelley
1983 Class Julia
1984 Sixteen Candles Geek Girl #1
Grandview, U.S.A. Mary Maine
1987 The Allnighter Gina
Broadcast News Blair Litton
1988 Stars and Bars Irene Stein
Married to the Mob Rose
Working Girl Cyn American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1989 Say Anything... Constance Dobler
1990 Men Don't Leave Jody
My Blue Heaven Hannah Stubs
1991 The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Cathy
1992 Hero Evelyn Laplante
Toys Alzatia Zevo
1993 Addams Family Values Debbie Jelinsky Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Corrina, Corrina Jonesy
1995 Nine Months Gail Dwyer Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Two Much Gloria
1996 Mr. Wrong Inga Gunther
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Marcella Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress Also for In & Out
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
A Smile Like Yours Nancy Tellen
In & Out Emily Montgomery American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress Also for Grosse Pointe Blank
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Comedy
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1999 Arlington Road Cheryl Lang Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress Also for Runaway Bride
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Cradle Will Rock Hazel Huffman
Runaway Bride Peggy Flemming American 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 Also for Arlington Road
Toy Story 2 Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (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
2000 High Fidelity Liz
Where the Heart Is Ruth Meyers
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Rachel Bitterman
2003 School of Rock Rosalie Mullins
Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mother
2004 Raising Helen Jenny Portman
The Last Shot Fanny Nash
Peep and the Big Wide World Narrator (Voice) Animated TV Series
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
2005 Ice Princess Joan Carlyle
Chicken Little Abby Mallard (voice)
2006 Friends with Money Franny
2007 Martian Child Liz
2008 War, Inc. Marsha Dillon
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Miss Lucinda Bond
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Jane Bloomwood
My Sister's Keeper Judge De Salvo
Acceptance Nina
2010 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Verushka the Witch (voice)
Toy Story 3 Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (voice)

Television

References

External links

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