Joanna Cassidy

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Joanna Cassidy
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Joanna Cassidy in 2007
Born Joanna Virginia Caskey
(1945-08-02) August 2, 1945 (age 69)[1]
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Dr. Kennard C. Kobrin (1964–1974) (divorced) 2 children

Joanna Cassidy (born August 2, 1945) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner (1982) and Dolores in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). She has won a Golden Globe Award, was nominated for three Emmy Awards and also was nominated for Saturn Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Cassidy also has starred in films such as Under Fire, The Fourth Protocol, The Package, Where the Heart Is, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Vampire in Brooklyn and Ghosts of Mars. From 2001 to 2005, she played Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. From 2011 to 2013, she played Joan Hunt on the ABC series Body of Proof.

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Cassidy was born Joanna Virginia Caskey in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Virginia and Joe Caskey.[2] She attended Haddonfield Memorial High School, where she described herself as being "a rowdy kid". She is known for infectious, howling laugh which can be heard in the film The Laughing Policeman.[3]

Joanna Cassidy in 1974

At an early age, Cassidy was involved in painting and sculpture and went on to major in art at Syracuse University in New York.[4] During her time there, she married Kennard C. Kobrin in 1964, a doctor in residency, and found work as a fashion model. The couple moved to San Francisco, where her husband set up a psychiatric practice while Cassidy continued modeling. In 1968, she landed a bit part in Bullitt. Following her divorce in 1974, Cassidy decided to move to Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Cassidy's first film appearance was in "The Outfit" (1973) which starred prominent actors Robert Ryan, Robert Duvall (his first leading role) and Joe Don Baker. Cassidy later appeared in a 1973 Smokey the Bear public service announcement (PSA), and television series such as Mission: Impossible, Starsky & Hutch and Taxi. She had a small role in the 1976 film Stay Hungry, an offbeat film about bodybuilding that featured a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cassidy was considered for the role of Wonder Woman for a television series, but lost it to Lynda Carter. She co-starred in the 1978 film Our Winning Season. Her first regular role was as sheriff's pilot Morgan Wainwright in the 1979 action-adventure series 240-Robert, though the series only lasted for two abbreviated seasons. Afterwards, Cassidy continued to appear in guest roles in series such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, as well as a regular role in the short-lived 1983 sitcom Buffalo Bill (for which she earned a Golden Globe Award).[4] She also starred in the short-lived 1985 NBC television series Code Name: Foxfire.[4]

In 1982, Cassidy had her first major feature film role as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.[5] The following year, she co-starred in Under Fire with Gene Hackman and Nick Nolte. She continued to appear in both films and television; she co-starred in the television miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985), and appeared in The Fourth Protocol (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Package (1989), Where the Heart Is (1990), and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991). In 1993, she co-starred with Dudley Moore in the sitcom Dudley, but the series only lasted for six episodes. She also appeared opposite James Garner, playing his ex-wife, in the 1994 television movie The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Her other screen credits from this era include Barbarians at the Gate (1993), the 1993 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, and Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). Cassidy also provided the voice of Inspector Maggie Sawyer in the WB's series Superman: The Animated Series, and had recurring guest roles on television shows such as L.A. Law, Melrose Place, Diagnosis: Murder and The District.[4]

Since 2000, Cassidy has appeared in the 2001 film Ghosts of Mars directed by John Carpenter, and had a recurring role as Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. In 2004, she also guest-starred in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise as T'Les (the Vulcan mother of Enterprise crewmember T'Pol) and she also had a recurring role as Beverly Bridge on the series Boston Legal in 2006. She also voiced the villainess, Hecubah, in the computer game Nox (2000) as well as once again voicing the character of Maggie Sawyer in the 2002 video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips.

In the spring of 2007, Cassidy donned Zhora's costume once more, 25 years after the release of Blade Runner, in order to recreate a climactic scene from the film for the fall 2007 Final Cut release of the film.[6] In the original 1982 release, a stunt performer played out Zhora's death scene, with the physical differences between the performer and Cassidy very evident (including the stuntwoman wearing a different wig). For the Final Cut, Cassidy's head was digitally transposed onto footage of the stunt performer, making the death scene fit continuity. According to the DVD featurette, All Our Variant Futures, it was Cassidy herself who suggested this be done; she is captured on video making the suggestion during filming of a retrospective interview related to Blade Runner.[7]

Joanna Cassidy in 1976

In the second season of the NBC series Heroes, she is seen in a photo of the twelve senior members of the show's mysterious company. Beyond appearances in photographs, the actress first appeared as Victoria Pratt in the tenth episode of season two, "Truth & Consequences", during which her character was killed off.

In 2008–2009, Cassidy appeared in episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: UK, and was also seen in the recurring guest role of Amanda Hawthorne, the mother-in-law of Jada Pinkett Smith's eponymous character in the medical drama HawthoRNe.

In 2011, Cassidy began to appear in a recurring role on the ABC series Body of Proof as Judge Joan Hunt, the mother of Megan Hunt, Dana Delany's character in the show. The series was canceled by ABC after three seasons in May 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Outfit, TheThe Outfit Rita Mailer
1973 Laughing Policeman, TheThe Laughing Policeman Monica
1974 Bank Shot Eleonora
1975 Cursed Medallion, TheThe Cursed Medallion Joanna Morgan
1976 Stay Hungry Zoe Miller
1977 American Raspberry Lisa Allen
1977 Late Show, TheThe Late Show Laura Birdwell
1977 Stunts Patti Johnson
1978 Our Winning Season Sheila
1979 Glove, TheThe Glove Sheila Michaels
1980 Night Games Julie Miller Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
1980 Reunion Peggy Sager Television movie
1982 Blade Runner Zhora
1983 Under Fire Claire Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1984 Invitation to Hell Patricia "Pat" Winslow
1986 Club Paradise Terry Hamlin
1986 Pleasures Lillian Benton Television movie
1987 Fourth Protocol, TheThe Fourth Protocol Irina Vassilievna
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Dolores Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1988 1969 Ev Karr
1988 Nightmare at Bittercreek Allison Shapiro Television movie
1989 Package, TheThe Package Eileen Gallagher
1990 Where the Heart Is Jean McBain
1990 Girl of the Limberlost, AA Girl of the Limberlost Gene Stratton-Porter Television movie
1990 Wheels of Terror Laura Television movie
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead' Rose Lindsey
1991 Lonely Hearts Erin Randall
1991 All-American Murder Erica Darby Video
1992 Landslide Lucy Matterson
1992 Live! From Death Row Alana Powers Television movie
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Geneva Overholser Television movie
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Linda Robinson Television movie
1993 Tommyknockers, TheThe Tommyknockers Sheriff Ruth Merrill Television movie
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Capt. Dewey
1995 Eye of the Stalker Judge Martha Knowlton Television movie
1996 Chain Reaction Maggie McDermott
1997 Loved Elenore Amerson
1997 Second Civil War, TheThe Second Civil War Helena Newman Television movie
1998 Dangerous Beauty Laura Venier
2000 Moonglow Ginny
2000 Right Temptation, TheThe Right Temptation Maryanne
2001 Ghosts of Mars Whitlock
2001 Anthrax Jackie Potter
2004 Intermission Love Short film
2005 Witches of the Caribbean Prof. Avebury Video
2005 Reading Room, TheThe Reading Room Diana Weston Television movie
2006 Virgin of Juarez, TheThe Virgin of Juarez Eve
2006 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Lily Micelli
2007 Kiss the Bride Evelyn Golski
2008 American Standards, TheThe American Standards Ann Jennings
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Rose
2009 Stolen Lea Adkins
2009 For Sale by Owner Linda Flannery
2010 Flying Lessons Totty Kuspert
2010 Anderson's Cross Mrs. McCarthy
2011 Carjacked Betty
2013 Heaven's Door Ruth
2013 Living the Dream Claire Television movie
2013 Zugzwang Nancy Williams Filming
2013 Too Late Filming
2014 Night Vet Kelly Short film, completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Roller Girls, TheThe Roller Girls Selma "Books" Cassidy 4 episodes
1978 Taxi Beverly Episode: "High School Reunion"
1978 Starsky and Hutch Harry / Monique Episode: "The Avenger"
1979-1980 240-Robert Deputy Morgan Wainwright 13 episodes
1980 Insight Lucy Episode: "Resurrection"
1980 Dallas Sally Bullock 2 episodes
1980 Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Carson Whitaker Episode: "Warning: I May Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1981 Trapper John, M.D. Maggie Holtz Episode: "C.O.D."
1981 Charlie's Angels Stacy Episode: "Hula Angels"
1981 Hart to Hart Belle Episode: "Slow Boat to Murder"
1981 Flo Billy June Episode: "Footsie"
1982 Strike Force Eve Murphy Episode: "Turnabout"
1982 Lou Grant Barbara Costigan Episode: "Charlie"
1982 Falcon Crest Katherine Demery 5 episodes
1983 Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree Elizabeth Nichols Episode: "1.2"
1983 Fantasy Island Christine Donovan Episode: "Nurses Night Out"
1983-1984 Buffalo Bill Jo Jo White 26 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
1985 Code Name: Foxfire Elizabeth "Foxfire" Towne 8 episodes
1985 Hollywood Wives Marilee Gray 2 episodes
1992 Northern Exposure Solvang Planey Episode: "The Three Amigos"
1992 Ray Bradbury Theater, TheThe Ray Bradbury Theater Lavinia Episode: "The Lonely One"
1993 Dudley Laraine Bristol 5 episodes
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Linda Jurgenson Episode: "Other Mothers"
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
1993 L.A. Law Judge Carolyn Walker Episode: "Eli's Gumming"
1994 L.A. Law Judge Carolyn Walker 3 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Liz Charles Episode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1994 Murder, She Wrote Willie Greenwood Episode: "Roadkill"
1994 Hotel Malibu Eleanor "Ellie" Mayfield 6 episodes
1997 Melrose Place Kate Reilly 3 episodes
1997-1998 Superman: The Animated Series Maggie Sawyer (voice) 8 episodes
1998 Rude Awakening Colleen Woods Episode: "TV Mom"
1998 Hunger, TheThe Hunger Grace Wallace Episode: "The Other Woman"
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Christine Esposito Episode: "Quality of Mercy"
1999-2000 Diagnosis: Murder Madison Wesley 8 episodes
2000 Rude Awakening Colleen Woods Episode: "Star 80 Proof"
2001 Philly Marian Marshall Episode: "Pilot"
2001 District, TheThe District Teddy Reed 2 episodes
2001-2005 Six Feet Under Margaret Chenowith 21 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2002 District, TheThe District Teddy Reed 3 episodes
2003 Everwood Evelyn Rowser Episode: "The Price of Fame"
2004 Star Trek: Enterprise T'Les 2 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Beverly Bridge 5 episodes
2007 Heroes Victoria Pratt Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2008 In Plain Sight Deandra Bevins Episode: "Never the Bride"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Faith Clancy Episode: "Threshold"
2009 Desperate Housewives Melina Cominis Episode: "Home Is the Place"
2009 Hawthorne Amanda Hawthorne 4 episodes
2010 Notes from the Underbelly Kay Episode: "The Circle of Life"
2010-2012 Call Me Fitz Elaine Fitzpatrick 7 episodes
2011-2013 Body of Proof Joan Hunt 14 episodes
2012 Franklin & Bash Captain Gina Vaughn Episode: "Summer Girls"
2013 Bones Marianne Booth 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ NetIndustries, LLC. (2007). "Joanna Cassidy Biography (1945–)". NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ NewspaperARCHIVE.com
  3. ^ Staff. "Joanna Cassidy at reunion remembers self as a rowdy kid", Lakeland Ledger, November 27, 1983. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Actress Joanna Cassidy, star of the movie Under Fire, remembers being 'a rowdy kid' at Haddonfield Memorial High School two decades ago."
  4. ^ a b c d Joanna Cassidy- Biography
  5. ^ James Christopher (September 3, 2007). "Blade Runner: The Final Cut". London: Times Online. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  6. ^ Carolyn Giardina (2007). "Cutting a new 'Blade': No bloodshed allowed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ All Our Variant Futures, a featurette in Blade Runner Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition DVD set, 2007

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