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Who is Joan Cusack?

Joan Mary Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is a famous American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her amazing act roles in the romantic comedy-drama in Working Girl (1988) and the romantic comedy In & Out (is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Shalom Harlow, and Wilford Brimley. It is an original story by screenwriter Paul Rudnick. Joan Cusack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance), as well as one Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the latter. She is also the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story franchise (is a computer animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 1995 film of the same name, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The franchise is based on the anthropomorphic concept that all toys, unknown to humans, are secretly alive, and the films focus on a diverse group of toys that feature a classic cowboy named Sheriff Woody and a modern spaceman named Buzz Lightyear. The group unexpectedly embark on adventures that challenge and change them).

Cusack was working as a cast member on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live (is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC’s Saturday Night. The show’s comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members) from 1985 to 1986. She starred on the Showtime hit drama/comedy Shameless (is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells that debuted on Showtime on January 9, 2011. It is a remake of the British series of the same name created by Paul Abbott. The series features an ensemble cast, led by William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Set in the South Side of Chicago, the series is filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes shot in Chicago) as Sheila Gallagher (née Jackson), a role for which she has received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations, also winning for the first time in 2015. She is the sister of actress Ann and actor John Cusack.

Personal Life of Joan Cusack:

joan cusackShe was born on October 11, 1962 in New York City, New York, and was raised in Evanston, Illinois with her parents. Her mother, Ann Paula “Nancy” , is a former mathematics teacher and political activist and her late father, Dick Cusack, as well as her siblings Ann and John, have also been or are actors; her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor also a filmmaker. Her family is from Irish American and Catholic. Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Born in New York and raised in Illinois, Cusack was very actively encouraged to explore her creativity by her parents when she was living with them 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 also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English.

She is married to attorney Richard Burke, President and CEO of Envoy Global, Inc. since 1996. They have got two sons: Dylan John (born 1997) and Miles (born 2000). She discovered she was pregnant with her first son while on her first day of shooting of the movie Mr. Wrong (1996). Cusack owns a home in Three Oaks Township, Michigan, and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

In a snapshot of Joan Cusack:

  • 1962- Born in  New York City, New York
  • 1980- First film released Cutting Loose
  • 1984- Alumna of University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1985- First TV appearance on Saturday Night Live
  • 1993- Married to Richard Burke
  • 2005- Gave voice on video games Chicken Little
  • 2010- Gave voice to a hit movie Toy Story 3
  • 2011- Started to act on “Shameless”

Joan Cusack Career’s

Thanks to a couple of Oscar nominations and strong roles in a number of movies through her amazing talent, Cusack finally began getting her due in the late 1990s, earning both recognition and respect for her singular talent and nominated for Emmy and Oscar. Born in New York City on October 11, 1962, Cusack grew up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. The daughter of actor and filmmaker Richard Cusack, she and her siblings were encouraged to perform from an early age and also for her talent and hard work, it was quite easy for her to come to a light on acting career. As a result, Cusack grew up acting on the stage and training with the Piven Theatre Workshop. She broke into film while still in her teens, getting her start – -and often acting alongside with her own brother — in such teen comedies as My Bodyguard (1980) and Sixteen Candles (1984). In the year 1985 she was offered to take a part on the Saturday Night Live roster, but felt constrained by the lack of quality material offered to women character, and left the show after one season. Evenly, getting better supporting work in such films as Broadcast News (1987) and Married to the Mob (1988), Cusack had her screen breakthrough in Working Girl (1988), earning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Melanie Griffith’s street-smart best friend. More strong notices followed in 1989 for Cusack’s work in the drama Men Don’t Leave, in which she played as a nurse who helps get Jessica Lange’s life back on track after her husband’s death. Though Cusack would move to Chicago for much of the 90’s to focus on her family, she would appear in a handful of memorable titles, like My Blue Heaven (1990), Addams Family Values, Corrina, Corrina, Nine Months, and In & Out. Cusack would amp it up in the coming years, however, with appearances in a slew of popular films like Grosse Point Blank, Runaway Bride, High Fidelity, and Cradle will Rock.

She has been also been nominated four times for the American Comedy Award ( are a group of awards presented annually in the United States recognizing performances and performers in the field of comedy, with an emphasis on television comedy and comedy films. They began in 1987, billed as the “first awards show to honor all forms of comedy) 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 the movie In & Out.

In 2003, both Joan and her brother John signed the “Not in My Name” resolution (along with great 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 (is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often “ripped from the headlines” or loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention)joan cusack

With the Shameless

In the year 2010, Joan Cusack joined the Showtime drama/comedy Shameless as Sheila Gallagher (née Jackson), the mother of Karen Jackson (Laura Slade Wiggins). The very 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 owing to her series regular commitment on the ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine (is an American television sitcom that aired from February 9 to April 6, 2011, as a mid-season replacement. The single-camera comedy was co-created by Matthew Perry, who also starred in the series. ABC canceled the series on May 13, 2011 due to low ratings and was not renewed for a second season). Janney took the role with the understanding the character would be less prominent on the show, but when producers decided to increase the character’s 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, as well as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015, winning in the later year.

Awards & Nominations of Joan Cusack:

Her Film appearances:

  • 1980 – Cutting Loose
  • 1980 – My Bodyguard as Shelley
  • 1983 – Class as Julia
  • 1984 – Sixteen Candles as Geek Girl #1
  • 1984 -Grand View, U.S.A as Mary Maine
  • 1987 – The Allnighter as Gina
  • 1987 – Broadcast news as Blair Litton
  • 1988 – Star and Bars as Irene Stein
  • 1988 – Married to the Mob as Rose
  • 1988 – Working Girl as Cyn
  • 1989 – Say Anything….  As Constance Dobler
  • 1990 – Men Don’t leave as Jody
  • 1990 – My Blue Heaven as Hannah Stubs
  • 1991 – The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez
  • 1992 – Accidental Hero as Evelyn Laplante
  • 1992 – Toys as Alsatia Zevo
  • 1993 – Addams Family Values as Debbie Jellinsky
  • 1994 – Corrina, Corrina as Jonesy
  • 1995 – Nine Months as Gail Dwyer
  • 1995 – Two Much as Gloria
  • 1996 – Mr. Wrong as Inga Gunther
  • 1997 – Grosse Pointe Blank as Marcella Mayes
  • 1997 –  A Smile Like Yours as Nancy Tellen
  • 1997 – In & Out as Emily Montgomery
  • 1999 – Arlington Road as Cheryl Lang
  • 1999 – Cradle Will Rock as Hazel Huffman
  • 1999 – Runaway Bride as Peggy Flemming
  • 1999 – Toy Story 2 as Jessie (Voice)
  • 2000 – High Fidelity as Liz
  • 2000 – Where The Heart is as Ruth Meyers
  • 2002 – It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie as Rachel Bitterman
  • 2003 – School Of Rock as Rosalie Mullins
  • 2003 – Looney Tunes: Back in Action as Mother
  • 2004 – Raising Helen as Jenny Portman
  • 2004 – The Last shot as Fanny Nash
  • 2004 – Ice Princess as Joan Carlyle
  • 2005 – Chicken Little as Abby Mallard (voice)
  • 2006 – Friends with Money as Franny
  • 2007 – Martin Child as Liz Gordon
  • 2008 – War Inc. as Marsha Dillon
  • 2008 – Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as Miss Lucinda Bond
  • 2009 – Confession of a Shopaholic as Jane Bloomwood
  • 2009 – My Sister’s Keeper as Judge De Salvo
  • 2009 – Acceptance as Nina Rockefeller
  • 2010 – Toy Story 3 as Jessie (voice)
  • 2011 – Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil as Verushka (voice)
  • 2011 – Mars Needs Moms as Milo’s Mom (voice)
  • 2011 – Hawaiian Vacation as Jessie (voice)
  • 2011 – Small Fry as Jessie (voice)
  • 2011 – Arthur Christmas as Mission Control Elf (voice)
  • 2012 – Partysaurus Rex as Jessie (voice)
  • 2012 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Dr. Burton
  • 2014 – Welcome to Me as Dawn Hurley
  • 2015 – The End of the Tour as Patty Gunderson
  • 2015 – Freaks of Nature as Peg Parker
  • 2016 – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping as Tilly Friel
  • 2017 – Snatched as Barb
  • 2017 – Unicorn Store as Gladys
  • 2019 – Toy Story 4 as Jessie (voice)

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Television appearances of Joan Cusack:

  • 1985- 1986 – Saturday Night Live as Various Characters for 17 Episode
  • 2001 – 2002 – What About Joan? as Joan Gallagher for 21 Episodes
  • 2004 – 2011 – Peep and the Big Wide World as Narrator (voice) for the 55 Episodes
  • 2010 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Pamela Burton for the Episode:”Locan”
  • 2011 – 2015 – Shameless as Sheila Gallagher (nee Jackson) for 44 Episodes
  • 2011 – Phineas and Ferb as Glenda Wilkins (Voice) for the Episode: “Last Train to Bustville”
  • 2013 -The Office as Erin’s Biological Mother for  the Episode: “Finale”
  • 2013 – Toy Story of Terror! as Jessie (Voice) for Television Special
  • 2014 – Toy Story that Time Forgot  as Jessie (Voice) for Television Special
  • 2016 – The Stinky & Dirty Show as Red (voice) for 3 Episodes
  • 2017 – A Series of Unfortunate Events as Justice Strauss  for 2 Episodes
  • 2017 – The Christmas Train as Agnes for Television Fil

She Gave Voice in Video Games also:

  • 2005 – Chicken Little as Abby Mallard (archive footage)
  • 2006 – Chicken Little: Ace in Action as Abby Mallard
  • 2010 – Toy Story 3: The Video Game as Jessie
  • 2011 – Kinect Disneyland Adventures as Jessie
  • 2012 – Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

Trivia of Joan Cusack

  • She is the daughter of Dick Cusack
  • She is the sister of Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack.
  • 1997- First son, Dylan John Burke, born.
  • 2000- Second son, Miles Burke, born.
  • Her husband, Dick Burke, is a Chicago attorney.
  • Attended the Piven Theater workshop to learn and master in Acting.
  • She was supposed to play “Bobbie Markowitz” in The Stepford Wives (2004). At the same time her father became very sick, both she and her brother, John Cusack, had to drop out of the film for the same reason.
  • She shares her birthday (October 11) with Michelle Trachtenberg, her on-screen daughter in Disney’s Ice Princess (2005).
  • Cusack was the first regular cast member of Saturday Night Live (acted on 1985-1986 season) to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Working Girl (1988).
  • She put a condition to make the show production of  What About Joan (2000) was that it had to be produced in Chicago so she would not have to leave her family.
  • In the mid-1980s, she was a co-founder of the three woman improv comedy troupe, “An Impulsive Thing,” with Bonnie Hunt and Holly Wortell.
  • She has appeared in almost 10 movies with her brother John Cusack.
  • In the movie In & Out (1997) , where Joan stars alongside Kevin Kline, there is a group dance scene on the song “Macho Man” by The Village People. Years earlier, in Addams Family Values (1993), Joan sings the same song.
  • Has been in 4 motion pictures with the word Toy (Toy Story franchise) in them: Toys, Toy Story 2, Toys in the Attic, and Toy Story 3.

About her own personal life and acting

joan cusackChicago actress, Joan Cusack said she may return to the Showtime series “Shameless” after her youngest son graduates high school here this year.

“I do feel like being a mom is hard work. A lot of times you’re just making it up as you go along. You kind of look to other moms, and it’s kind of like a character you have to put on and get right and do stuff,” Cusack said during a weekend panel at Salt Lake Comic Con, according to the Utah-based Daily Herald.

Cusack, who lives in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, won an Emmy in 2015 for playing quirky Sheila Jackson, a love interest for Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). The series, which follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family, is set in Chicago, but mostly filmed in the Los Angeles area. Cusack, 55, left the show during its fifth season, which aired in 2015 and will come back after her son’s graduation.

“The weird thing is, to be on a show somebody has to actually ask you to be on it. … Otherwise you’re literally just trespassing. So you know you have to factor that into your thinking. I was never asked,” her brother said about shameless.

Season 8 of “Shameless” was scheduled to premiere Nov. 5 last year. Cast members were in Chicago for about a week from late July to early August shooting scenes for the upcoming season nd to promote that.

Joan Cusack, meanwhile, stars in the Brie Larson comedy “Unicorn Store,” which premiered earlier at the Toronto International Film Festival. She also stars in the Hallmark Channel movie “The Christmas Train,” which is scheduled to premiere Nov. 25 last year.

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References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Cusack
  2. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000349/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  3. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chicagoinc/ct-ent-shameless-joan-cusack-john-cusack-20170925-story.html
  4. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/joan_cusack/
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