Joanna Cassidy in 2007
|Born||Joanna Virginia Caskey
August 2, 1945 
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
|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
Cassidy was born Joanna Virginia Caskey in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Virginia and Joe Caskey. 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.
At an early age, Cassidy was involved 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. 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.
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 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). She also starred in the short-lived 1985 NBC television series Code Name: Foxfire.
In 1982, Cassidy had her first major feature film role as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. 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.
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. 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.
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.
|1973||Outfit, TheThe Outfit||Rita Mailer|
|1973||Laughing Policeman, TheThe Laughing Policeman||Monica|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1986||The Children of Times Square||Sue Roberts||Television movie|
|1987||Fourth Protocol, TheThe Fourth Protocol||Irina Vassilievna|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Dolores||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|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||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||Second Civil War, TheThe Second Civil War||Helena Newman||Television movie|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||Laura Venier|
|2000||Right Temptation, TheThe Right Temptation||Maryanne|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars||Whitlock|
|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||For Sale by Owner||Linda Flannery|
|2010||Flying Lessons||Totty Kuspert|
|2010||Anderson's Cross||Mrs. McCarthy|
|2013||Living the Dream||Claire||Television movie|
|2014||Night Vet||Kelly||Short film, completed|
|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||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|
- NetIndustries, LLC. (2007). "Joanna Cassidy Biography (1945–)". NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved October 1, 2007.
- 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."
- Joanna Cassidy- Biography
- James Christopher (September 3, 2007). "Blade Runner: The Final Cut". London: Times Online. Retrieved October 1, 2007.
- Carolyn Giardina (2007). "Cutting a new 'Blade': No bloodshed allowed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2007.[dead link]
- All Our Variant Futures, a featurette in Blade Runner Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition DVD set, 2007
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- Joanna Cassidy at the Internet Movie Database
- Joanna Cassidy at the TCM Movie Database
- Joanna Cassidy at AllMovie