Cusack in June 2010, being interviewed for Toy Story 3.
|Born||Joan Mary Cusack
October 11, 1962 
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Piven Theatre Workshop|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
|Home town||Evanston, Illinois|
|Spouse(s)||Richard Burke (m. 1993)|
|Parents||Dick Cusack (father)|
|Family||John Cusack (brother),
Ann Cusack (sister)
Cusack has appeared in films, television and stage productions, receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the movies Working Girl and In & Out, as well as one Golden Globe nomination. She has appeared in other films such as Addams Family Values, Broadcast News, Stars and Bars, Married to the Mob, Say Anything..., Arlington Road, Runaway Bride, School of Rock, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. She was a cast member on the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live in 1985–86.
Early life and education
Cusack, the second of five children, was born in New York City, New York, and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. Her late father, Richard John "Dick" Cusack, as well as her siblings Ann, Bill, John, and Susie, have also been or are actors. Her family is Irish American and Catholic.
Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Cusack has twice been nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her work in 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. 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. She's very well known as the head-teacher of Horace Green Elementary School as 'Rosalie 'Roz' Mullins in School of Rock. She also voiced Jessie in 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 (1988). She has also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for In & Out.
In 2010, Cusack joined the Showtime drama/comedy Shameless, as Sheila 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 due to her series regular commitment on the ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine. Janney took the role understanding the character would be less prominent on the show, but when producers decided to increase the characters 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.
She is married to Chicago attorney Richard Burke, the head of Corporate Services for Classified Ventures. They have two sons, Dylan John and Miles. She also owns a home in Three Oaks Township, Michigan and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
|1985–1986||Saturday Night Live||Various|
|2001–2002||What About Joan?||Joan Gallagher||CTV Television Network|
|2004–Present||Peep and the Big Wide World||Narrator|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Pamela Burton||Guest Appearance: "Locum"|
|2011–present||Shameless||Sheila Jackson||Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2011, 2012, 2013)|
|2013||The Office||Erin's biological mother||Guest Appearance: "Finale"|
|2013||Toy Story of Terror!||Jessie (voice)||Television Special|
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