Joan Cusack Biography (1962-)

Surname is pronounced "Kyu-zack"; born October 11, 1962, in Evanston, IL; daughter of Richard (an owner of a film production company and actor) and Nancy(a mathematics teacher and an owner of a film production company) Cusack; sister of John Cusack (an actor), Bill Cusack (an actor), Susie Cusack (an actress), and Ann Cusack (an actress); married Richard Burke (an attorney), 1993;children: Dylan John, Miles. Addresses: Agent: United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actress, writer
Birth Details
October 11, 1962
Evanston, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Shelley, Clifford's friend, My Bodyguard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Cutting Loose, 1980
  • Julia, Class, Orion, 1983
  • Mary Maine, Grandview, U.S.A., Warner Bros., 1984
  • First geek girl, Sixteen Candles, Universal, 1984
  • Gina, The Allnighter, Universal, 1987
  • (As Joan Cusak) Blair Litton, Broadcast News, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Irene Stein, Stars and Bars, Columbia, 1988
  • Rose, Married to the Mob, Orion, 1988
  • Cyn, Working Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • (Uncredited) Constance Dobbler, Say Anything (also known as ...Say Anything ...), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Hannah Stubbs, My Blue Heaven, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Jody, Men Don't Leave, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Cathy, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, 1991
  • Alsatia Zevo, Toys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Evelyn Laplante, Hero (also known as Accidental Hero), Columbia, 1992
  • Debbie Jelinsky, Addams Family Values, Paramount, 1993
  • Jonesy, Corrina, Corrina, New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Gail Dwyer, Nine Months, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Inga Gunther, Mr. Wrong, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Gloria, Two Much (also known as Loco de Amor), Buena Vista,1996
  • Emily Montgomery, In and Out, Paramount, 1997
  • Marcella, Grosse Pointe Blank, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Nancy Tellen, A Smile Like Yours, Paramount, 1997
  • Hazel Huffman, The Cradle Will Rock, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Cheryl Lang, Arlington Road, Screen Gems, 1999
  • Peggy Flemming, Runaway Bride, Paramount, 1999
  • Voice of Jesse the Cowgirl, Toy Story 2, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Liz, High Fidelity, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Ruth, Where the Heart Is, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • Rosalie Mullins, School of Rock, Paramount, 2003
  • Mother, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Jenny, Raising Helen, Buena Vista, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1985-1986
  • Mrs. Bean, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Showtime, 1994
  • Joan Gallagher (title role), What about Joan, ABC, 2001-2002
  • Movies
  • Rachel Bitterman, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, NBC, 2002
  • Pilots
  • Linda Parker, All Together Now, NBC, 1984
  • Specials
  • Herself, The Making of "Class," 1983
  • Herself, Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary, 1989
  • Annie, "Paddy Chayefsky's `The Mother'" (also known as "The Mother"), Great Performances, PBS, 1994
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1998
  • Herself, Hidden Vulnerability: A Look into the Making of "Arlington Road," 1999
  • Pilots
  • Linda Parker, All Together Now, NBC, 1984
  • Episodic
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1988
  • Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001
  • The View, ABC, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Louise and Clare, Road, Annex, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club,Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • The Myth Project: A Festival of Competency, Mann Theatre, New YorkCity, 1989
  • Rosannah DeLuce, Brilliant Traces, Circle Repertory Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Imogen, Cymbeline, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • The Celestial Alphabet Event, One Dream Theater, New York City, 1991
  • Also appeared as Putana, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Goodman Theatre,Chicago, IL; and in Aesop's Greatest Hits, Bits and Pieces, and Connections, all Piven Theatre, Chicago; also appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Screenplays
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, 1991

Further Reference


    • Interview, November, 1988, p. 80
    • Mademoiselle, August, 1989, p. 86

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