Joanna Cassidy Biography

Birthday: 1945-08-02
Place of Birth: Haddonfield, New Jersey USA
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Lovely, vivacious, smart-looking Joanna Cassidy was born in Camden, New Jersey and raised in Haddonfield, a borough located in Camden County. Joanna grew up in a creative environment as the daughter and granddaughter of artists. At an early age she engaged in painting and sculpture and went on to major in art at Syracuse University in New York. During her time there she married Kennard C. Kobrin in 1964, a doctor in residency, and found work as a fashion model to help work his way to a degree. The couple moved to San Francisco where her husband set up a psychiatric practice; Joanna continued modeling and eventually giving birth to a son and daughter. Following their divorce ten years later, she decided to move to Los Angeles in a bid for an acting career. In between modeling chores and occasional commercial bites, the reddish-haired beauty found minor, decorative work as an actress in such action fare as Steve McQueen's thriller Bullitt (1968), the Jason Robards drama Fools (1970), The Laughing Policeman (1973) starring Walter Matthau and The Outfit (1973) with Robert Duvall. Her first co-starring role came opposite George C. Scott in the offbeat comedy caper Bank Shot (1974). Television became an important medium for her in the late 70s with guest parts on all the popular shows of the time, both comedic and dramatic, including "Dallas," "Trapper John, M.D., "Taxi, "Starsky & Hutch," "Charlie's Angels," "Lou Grant" and a recurring role on "Falcon Crest". A regular on the sketch/variety show "Shields and Yarnell" (1977), which showcased the popular mime couple, Joanne languished in three failed series attempts "The Roller Girls" (1978), "240-Robert" (1979), and "The Family Tree" (1983) before hitting the bull's eye with the sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (1983) opposite Dabney Coleman, where Joanna finally had the opportunity to demonstrate her flair for offbeat comedy. The show became that's season's critical darling with Coleman playing a vain, sexist, obnoxious talk show host (a variation of his popular "9 to 5" film character) and Joanna received a Golden Globe for her resourceful portrayal of Jo Jo White, the director of his show and romantic foil for Coleman, who stood toe-to-toe with his antics. The 1980s also brought about positive, critical reception for Joanna on film as well, especially in a number of showy portrayals, notably her snake-dancing replicant in the futuristic sci-fi thriller Blade Runner (1982), her radio journalist involved with Nick Nolte and Ed Harris in the political drama Under Fire (1983), and her co-starring role in a wacky triangle with Bob Hoskins and a hyperkinetic hare in the highly ambitious part toon/part fantasy film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Back on the TV front she was seen in recurring roles on "L.A. Law," "Diagnosis Murder," "The District" and "Boston Legal". Since then Joanna has juggled a number of quality film and TV assignments, a definitive highlight being her Emmy-nominated recurring role as a quirky, capricious mother/psychiatrist in the cult cable series "Six Feet Under" (2001). More recently she has taken part in more controversial film work that contain stronger social themes such as Anthrax (2001), a Canadian political thriller whose storyline feeds on the fear of terrorism; The Virgin of Juarez (2006), which chronicled the murders of hundreds of Mexican women; and the gay-themed pictures Anderson's Cross (2010) and Kiss the Bride (2007). Off-camera Joanna is devoted to her art (painting, sculpting) and is a dedicated animal activist as well as golfer and antique collector. She presently resides in the Los Angeles area with her dogs.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Stunts? Patti Johnson 1977 Drama
The Roller Girls 1978 Comedy
Code Name: Foxfire 1985 Action
Dudley 1993 - 1993
Hotel Malibu 1994 Drama
To Serve and Protect 1999 Thriller
The Reading Room 2005 Drama
The Family Tree 2011 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Outfit 1973
Bank Shot Eleonora 1974
The Laughing Policeman 1974 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stay Hungry 1976 Drama, Comedy
Blade Runner Zhora 1982 Sport, 0, Game Show, 0
Under Fire Claire Stryder 1983
Club Paradise 1986 0, 0
The Fourth Protocol 1987 Thriller
Nightmare at Bittercreek 1988 Action, Thriller
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Dolores 1988 Animation, Comedy, Crime
1969 Ev 1988 Drama
The Package Eileen Gallagher 1989 0, Comedy, 0
Where the Heart Is Jean 1990 Comedy, Drama
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Rose Lindsey 1991
Barbarians at the Gate 1993 Comedy, Drama
The Tommyknockers Sheriff Ruth Merrill 1993 Horror, Sci Fi
Lonely Hearts Erin Randall 1993 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 0, Reality Tv
Chain Reaction 1996 Action, Thriller, Drama
The Second Civil War 1997 Comedy, Drama
Landslide Lucy Matterson 1999 Drama, Thriller
Moonglow Ginny 2000
The Right Temptation Maryanne 2001 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Ghosts of Mars Whitlock 2001 Action, Horror, Sci Fi
Anthrax Jackie Potter 2001 Drama, Thriller
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart 2003 Drama
Witches of the Caribbean 2005 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector 2006 Comedy, Romance
The American Standards 2007
Kiss the Bride Evelyn Golski 2007 Comedy, Romance
The Human Contract Rose 2008
Stolen Lea Adkins 2009 Crime, Drama, Mystery
For Sale by Owner Linda Flannery 2009 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Flying Lessons Totty Kuspert 2010 Drama
Anderson's Cross Mrs. McCarthy 2010 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Carjacked Betty 2011 0
Heaven's Door Ruth 2012 0, 0
Night Vet Kelly 2014 Comedy