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Joan Mary Cusack (/ˈkjuːsæk/; born October 11, 1962)[2] is an American actress. She received Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Working Girl (1988) and the romantic comedy In & Out (1997), as well as one Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nomination for her performance in the latter. She is also the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story franchise. Cusack was a cast member on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1986. She starred on the Showtime hit drama/comedy Shameless as Sheila Gallagher (née Jackson), a role for which she has received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations, winning for the first time in 2015. She is the sister of actress Ann and actor John Cusack.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Shameless

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Video games

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Cusack was born on October 11, 1962 in New York City, New York, and was raised in Evanston, Illinois.[3] Her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist.[4][5][6] Her late father, Dick Cusack, as well as her siblings Ann and John, have also been or are actors; her father was also a filmmaker. Her family is Irish American and Catholic.[7] Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison
(1984).[8] Career[edit] Cusack has twice been nominated for Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Working Girl
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.
War, Inc.
In the film Addams Family Values, she played serial divorcee and murderer Debbie Jellinsky. She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom What About Joan? in 2001–02 and the hit film Arlington Road. For many years, Cusack was also the commercial spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular. One of Cusack's most well-known roles was the head teacher of Horace Green Elementary School, Rosalie 'Roz' Mullins, in School of Rock. She also voiced Jessie in Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2
and Toy Story 3, and played Dr. Burton, the therapist of Charlie (Logan Lerman), in the teen film The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). 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
Working Girl
(1988). She has also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
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
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.[9] Shameless[edit] In 2010, Cusack joined the Showtime drama/comedy Shameless as Sheila Gallagher (née Jackson) the mother of Karen Jackson (Laura Slade Wiggins). The 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. 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. Personal life[edit] She is the sister of actor John Cusack. They have appeared together in 10 productions: Class (1983), Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles
(1984), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987), Say Anything...
Say Anything...
(1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Cradle Will Rock
Cradle Will Rock
(1999), High Fidelity (2000), Martian Child
Martian Child
(2007), and War, Inc.
War, Inc.
(2008). She is married to attorney Richard Burke, President and CEO of Envoy Global, Inc. since 1996. They have two sons: Dylan John (b. 1997) and Miles (b. 2000). She discovered she was pregnant with her first son, Dylan, on her first day of shooting the movie Mr. Wrong (1996). Cusack owns a home in Three Oaks Township, Michigan, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1980 Cutting Loose

1980 My Bodyguard Shelley

1983 Class Julia

1984 Sixteen Candles Geek Girl #1

1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Mary Maine

1987 The Allnighter Gina

1987 Broadcast News Blair Litton

1988 Stars and Bars Irene Stein Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

1988 Married to the Mob Rose Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

1988 Working Girl Cyn American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated— Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

1989 Say Anything... Constance Dobler

1990 Men Don't Leave Jody

1990 My Blue Heaven Hannah Stubs

1991 The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Cathy

1992 Accidental Hero Evelyn Laplante

1992 Toys Alsatia Zevo

1993 Addams Family Values Debbie Jellinsky 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

1995 Two Much Gloria

1996 Mr. Wrong Inga Gunther

1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Marcella Mayes Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress

1997 A Smile Like Yours Nancy Tellen

1997 In & Out Emily Montgomery American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place) Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Best Supporting Actress New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated— Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Comedy Nominated— Chicago
Chicago
Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated— Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

1999 Arlington Road Cheryl Lang Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

1999 Cradle Will Rock Hazel Huffman

1999 Runaway Bride Peggy Flemming American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance

1999 Toy Story 2 Jessie (voice) Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Hissy Fit

2000 High Fidelity Liz

2000 Where the Heart Is Ruth Meyers

2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Rachel Bitterman

2003 School of Rock Rosalie Mullins

2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mother

2004 Raising Helen Jenny Portman

2004 The Last Shot Fanny Nash

2005 Ice Princess Joan Carlyle

2005 Chicken Little Abby Mallard (voice)

2006 Friends with Money Franny

2007 Martian Child Liz Gordon

2008 War, Inc. Marsha Dillon

2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Miss Lucinda Bond

2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Jane Bloomwood

2009 My Sister's Keeper Judge De Salvo

2009 Acceptance Nina Rockefeller

2010 Toy Story 3 Jessie (voice)

2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Verushka (voice)

2011 Mars Needs Moms Milo's Mom (voice) Also motion-capture

2011 Hawaiian Vacation Jessie (voice) Short film

2011 Small Fry Jessie (voice) Short film

2011 Arthur Christmas Mission Control Elf (voice)

2012 Partysaurus Rex Jessie (voice) Short film

2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Dr. Burton

2014 Welcome to Me Dawn Hurley

2015 The End of the Tour Patty Gunderson

2015 Freaks of Nature Peg Parker

2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Tilly Friel

2017 Snatched Barb

2017 Unicorn Store Gladys

2019 Toy Story 4 Jessie (voice) In pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1985–1986 Saturday Night Live Various Characters 17 episodes

2001–2002 What About Joan? Joan Gallagher 21 episodes

2004–2011 Peep and the Big Wide World Narrator (voice) 55 episodes Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

2010 Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit Pamela Burton Episode: "Locum"

2011–2015 Shameless Sheila Gallagher (née Jackson) 44 episodes Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2015) Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2011–2013) Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2014)

2011 Phineas and Ferb Glenda Wilkins (voice) Episode: "Last Train to Bustville"

2013 The Office Erin's Biological Mother Episode: "Finale"

2013 Toy Story of Terror! Jessie (voice) Television special

2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot Jessie (voice) Television special

2016 The Stinky & Dirty Show Red (voice) 3 episodes

2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events Justice Strauss 2 episodes

2017 The Christmas Train Agnes Television film

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role

2005 Chicken Little Abby Mallard (archive footage)

2006 Chicken Little: Ace in Action Abby Mallard

2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Jessie

2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures

2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

References[edit]

^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
(1228/1229). Time Inc.
Time Inc.
Oct 12–19, 2012. p. 23.  ^ Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
Biography. Tribute.ca ^ Allan Johnson (January 3, 2001). "Cusack Puts Chicago
Chicago
on the Laugh Track". Archived from the original on January 6, 2009.  ^ "Cusack, Richard J". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. June 3, 2003. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2010.  ^ "Miss Carolan, Newton Centre, Is Bride of Richard Cusack". Daily Boston Globe. February 14, 1960. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013.  ^ "Newton Girl Plans February Wedding". Daily Boston Globe. December 6, 1959. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013.  ^ "Q&A – Mars Needs Moms' Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
on Toy Story's Oscar and Irish-Catholic Guilt".  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.  ^ "Exclusive: Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
Signs on to Law & Order: SVU". TVGuide.com. 

External links[edit]

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Awards for Joan Cusack

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Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production

Hank Azaria/Ming-Na (1998) Eli Marienthal
Eli Marienthal
(1999) Tim Allen/ Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(2000) Eddie Murphy/ Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2001) Daveigh Chase
Daveigh Chase
(2002) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(2003) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2004) Peter Sallis
Peter Sallis
(2005) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(2006) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(2007) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2008) Jennifer Cody (2009) Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel
(2010) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2011) Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk
(2012) Josh Gad
Josh Gad
(2013) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2014) Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith
(2015) Jason Bateman/ Auliʻi Cravalho
Auliʻi Cravalho
(2016) Anthony Gonzalez (2017)

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Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
(1987) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1988) Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(1989) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez
(1993) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(1994) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1995) Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2000) Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
(2001) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Laura Dern/ Sharon Warren (2004) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(2005) Shareeka Epps (2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis
(2010) Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy
(2011) Sally Field
Sally Field
(2012) June Squibb (2013) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2014) Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
(2015) Lily Gladstone (2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress

Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1996) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
/ Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Virginia Madsen
Virginia Madsen
(2004) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
/ Michelle Williams (2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2016) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2017)

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1975) Beah Richards
Beah Richards
(1988) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1989) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1990) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1991) No award (1992) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1993) Eileen Heckart (1994) Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
(1995) Betty White
Betty White
(1996) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(1997) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1998) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1999) Jean Smart
Jean Smart
(2000) Jean Smart
Jean Smart
(2001) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(2002) Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate
(2003) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2004) Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn Joosten
(2005) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(2006) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2007) Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn Joosten
(2008) Tina Fey
Tina Fey
(2009) Betty White
Betty White
(2010) Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
(2011) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(2012) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2013) Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba
(2014) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(2015) Tina Fey
Tina Fey
& Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
(2016) Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy
(2017)

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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon
(1969) Karen Black
Karen Black
(1970) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1971) Jeannie Berlin (1972) Valentina Cortese
Valentina Cortese
(1973) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
(1974) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1975) Talia Shire
Talia Shire
(1976) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1977) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1987) Diane Venora (1988) Lena Olin
Lena Olin
(1989) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(1990) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1991) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1992) Gong Li
Gong Li
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1997) Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow
(1998) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(1999) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2000) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2001) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2002) Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo
(2003) Virginia Madsen
Virginia Madsen
(2004) Maria Bello
Maria Bello
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Sally Field
Sally Field
(2012) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
(2015) Michelle Williams (2016) Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy (1996–2005, retired)

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1996) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(1999) Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
(2000) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2001) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Regina King
Regina King
(2004) Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
(2005)

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2005, retired)

Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1997) Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
/ Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Maria Bello
Maria Bello
(2003) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2004) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2005)

Motion Picture (2006–present)

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Rosemarie DeWitt
Rosemarie DeWitt
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) June Squibb (2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Lois Smith
Lois Smith
(2017)

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