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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJoan Mary Cusack
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Richard Burke (1993 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Daughter of Dick Cusack
First son, Dylan John Burke, born. [June 1997]
Second son, Miles Burke, born. [July 2000]
Husband, Dick Burke, is a Chicago attorney.
She and Julianne Moore played pregnant women in Nine Months (1995). In 1997, their own sons were born.
Attended the Piven Theater workshop.
Was supposed to play "Bobbie Markowitz" in The Stepford Wives (2004). When her father became ill, both she and her brother, John Cusack, had to drop out of the film. Bette Midler then got the role.
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 (1975) (1985-1986 season) to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Working Girl (1988).
One of her conditions for starring in the show 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, was a co-founder of the three woman improv comedy troupe, "An Impulsive Thing," with Bonnie Hunt and Holly Wortell.
Has appeared in 10 movies with her brother John Cusack. (2008).
She was nominated for a 1991 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for "A Midsummer's Night Dream" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
She is of Irish ancestry.
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 in them: Toys, Toy Story 2, Toys in the Attic, and Toy Story 3.

Personal Quotes (1)

I was never the 'babe,' so I knew I'd never get those big roles. I'd always be the best friend or the quirky sidekick.

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