Joan Cusack

Joan Cusack

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    • October 11th, 1962
Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her family is of Irish descent. Raised in Evanston, Illinois, Cusack was actively encouraged to explore her creativity by her parents, and as a child she joined the Piven Theater Workshop. She went on to learn and perform improvisation at the Story Theater and The Ark. Later she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English. Whilst at university, Cusack took some small film roles, but her big break came after graduation, when she joined the cast of the legendary "Saturday Night Live." However, she only stayed for a season before moving on to explore other projects. In 1987, she produced a memorable turn in the acclaimed Broadcast News (1987), and she was Oscar nominated for her performance in Working Girl (1988). Other notable films include Addams Family Values (1993), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and In & Out (1997), which earned her a second Oscar nomination. She also provided, superbly, the voice of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). On television she scored a role on "Shameless," with her work garnering her an Emmy nomination. Joan Cusack is married to an attorney, Dick Burke. They have two sons - Dylan and Miles.

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Acting (64 Credits)

2019Let It Snow as Tin Foil Woman
2019Klaus as Mrs. Krum (voice)
2019Toy Story 4 as Jessie (voice)
2018Instant Family as Mrs. Howard
2017Unicorn Store as Gladys
2017The Christmas Train as Agnes
2017Snatched as Barb
2016Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping as Tilly
2015The End of the Tour as Patty
2015Freaks of Nature as Peg Parker
2014Welcome to Me as Dawn Hurley
2014Toy Story That Time Forgot as Jessie (voice)
2013Toy Story of Terror as Jessie (Voice)
2012The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Dr. Burton
2012Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex as Jessie (voice)
2011Mars Needs Moms as Mom (voice)
2011Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil as Verushka the Witch (voice)
2011Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation as Jessie (voice)
2011Toy Story Toons: Small Fry as Jessie (voice)
2011Arthur Christmas as Lead Elf (voice)
2010Toy Story 3 as Jessie (voice)
2009Confessions of a Shopaholic as Jane Bloomwood
2009My Sister's Keeper as Judge De Salvo
2008War, Inc. as Marsha Dillon
2008Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as Aunt Millie
2007Martian Child as Liz
2006Friends with Money as Franny
2005Ice Princess as Joan Carlyle
2005Chicken Little as Abby Mallard (voice)
2004Raising Helen as Jenny Portman
2004The Last Shot as Fanny Nash (uncredited)
2003School of Rock as Rosalie Mullins
2003Looney Tunes: Back in Action as Mother
2002It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie as Rachel Bitterman
2002Max & Ruby
2000Where the Heart Is as Ruth Meyers
2000High Fidelity as Liz
2000What About Joan as Joan Gallagher
1999Arlington Road as Cheryl Lang
1999Toy Story 2 as Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (voice)
1999Runaway Bride as Peggy Flemming
1999Cradle Will Rock as Hazel Huffman
1997In & Out as Emily Montgomery
1997A Smile Like Yours as Nancy Tellen
1997Grosse Pointe Blank as Marcella
1996Mr. Wrong as Inga Gunther
1995Nine Months as Gail Dwyer
1995Two Much as Gloria
1994Corrina, Corrina as Jonesy
1993Addams Family Values as Debbie Jellinsky
1992Toys as Alsatia Zevo
1992Hero as Evelyn Laplante
1990My Blue Heaven as Hannah Stubbs
1990Men Don't Leave as Jody
1989Say Anything as Constance Dobler
1988Working Girl as Cyn
1988Stars and Bars as Irene Stein
1988Married to the Mob as Rose
1987The Allnighter as Gina
1987Broadcast News as Blair Litton
1984Grandview, U.S.A. as Mary Maine
1984Sixteen Candles as Geek Girl #1
1983Class as Julia
1980My Bodyguard as Shelley


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