Joan Cusack
American actor
Joan Cusack
Joan Mary Cusack is an American film, stage and television actress. 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 and one Emmy Award nomination. One of her most notable television roles is as a cast member of the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live in 1985–86.
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Broadway's Sierra Boggess On Bringing The 'Soundtrack Of Her Life' To The Stage
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Sierra Boggess is in the midst of rehearsals for the highly anticipated Broadway musical version of “School Of Rock,” but she’s managed to find the time to squeeze in a little performance with the New York Pops at a place called Carnegie Hall. “There are certain times in life when you’re like, ‘I have to do this,’ and this is one of those times,” Boggess, 33, told The Huffington Post in an interview. “Acoustically, Carnegie Hall is a singer’s dream. It’s just not something you get to do every day.” Best known for roles in “The Little Mermaid,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables,” the singer-actress will perform with “Downton Abbey” alum Julian Ovenden at “My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.” As its title suggests, the Oct. 9 show is a celebration of the legendary composers of “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Carousel,” among other shows – and Boggess couldn’t be more thrilled. “Their music is what made me be like, ‘Oh, yes! Musical ...
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Elite Street: Cusack family home in Evanston sold for $940,000
Chicago Times - about 3 years
On Dec. 20, the five-bedroom house in Evanston where actors John and Joan Cusack grew up sold for $940,000.     
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A Complete List Of Emmy Winners
Business Insider - over 3 years
That's a wrap on the 65th annual Emmy awards. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting, "Breaking Bad" received a top honor, Michael Douglas won for best acceptance speech, and "The Colbert Report" nabbed its first win for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. But there were a lot of other big winners, too. See who took home the gold (via The Wrap): Outstanding Drama Series "Breaking Bad" WINNER "Downton Abbey" "Game of Thrones" "House of Cards" "Homeland" "Mad Men" Outstanding Comedy Series "30 Rock" "The Big Bang" "Girls" "Louie" "Modern Family" WINNER "Veep" Outstanding Miniseries or Movie "American Horror Story" "Behind the Candelabra" WINNER "The Bible" "Phil Spector" "Political Animals" "Top of the Lake" Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Benedict Cumberbatch, "Parade’s End" Michael Douglas, "Behind The Candelabra" WINNER Matt Damon, "Behind The Candelabra" Toby Jones, "The Girl" Al Pacino, "Phil Spector" Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseri ...
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Emmy Awards 2013: List of Nominees!
US Magazine - over 3 years
Who will win an Emmy this year? The countdown begins as Neil Patrick Harris gears up to host the 2013 Emmy Awards live on Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS. Nominations for the star-studded event were first announced on July 18 by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and the first-time host at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.   PHOTOS: Emmy Awards -- best dressed stars of all time Notable nominations for this year's big award show include House of Cards star Kevin Spacey earning an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nod and Arrested Development's Jason Bateman nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Jeff Daniels earned his first Emmy nomination for The Newsroom and Scandal's Kerry Washington, House of Cards' Robin Wright and Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga earned their first lead actress nomination. Full a refresher on nominations, check out the full list below before the big night: Outstanding Comedy Series ...
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Debate rages over Piven's plan to fix up Noyes Center
Chicago Times - over 3 years
If you were to inventory the cultural assets of Evanston, you'd start with Northwestern University and then, very quickly, would get to the Piven Theatre Workshop. There is the famous, and famously complex, Piven family itself: Joyce Piven, now 83, and the late Byrne Piven, who for decades taught North Shore teenagers, including their own children Jeremy (the star of HBO's "Entourage" and "Mr. Selfridge" on PBS) and Shira (an actress turned Hollywood director who is married to Adam McKay, the movie director and co-founder of "Funny or Die"). There are the illustrious movie-star alumni: John and Joan Cusack, Aidan Quinn, Lili Taylor. And then there are the many former Piven students who are lawyers or businesspeople by profession, but who spent their formative years learning to speak, emote and self-actualize in a Piven class and who now are resource-rich and powerful and who remain profoundly grateful for their eduction.     
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WATCH: Hollywood Pays Tribute To Roger Ebert In Chicago
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
CHICAGO — Hollywood came to Chicago on Thursday as actors, directors, film critics and studio presidents honored late movie reviewer Roger Ebert in his hometown. All of those who shared memories at the Chicago Theatre cheered Ebert as a champion of movies and a critic who used his influence to help filmmakers find audiences. He died last week at age 70 after a years-long battle with cancer. "He was always supportive of artists. He always gave you a fair shake," said Chicago native John Cusack, who appeared with his sister and fellow actor, Joan Cusack. Ebert worked at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years. The day before his April 4 death, he wrote in a post on his blog that he was taking a break from his schedule of almost-daily movie reviewing because the cancer had recurred. "He was simply one of the finest men I ever met," Chaz Ebert said of her late husband during Thursday night's memorial. Roger Ebert won national fame when he teamed with fel ...
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Cusack, Tucker To Attend Chicago Service For Ebert
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
CHICAGO — Hollywood came to Chicago on Thursday as actors, directors, film critics and studio presidents honored late movie reviewer Roger Ebert in his hometown. All of those who shared memories at the Chicago Theatre cheered Ebert as a champion of movies and a critic who used his influence to help filmmakers find audiences. He died last week at age 70 after a years-long battle with cancer. "He was always supportive of artists. He always gave you a fair shake," said Chicago native John Cusack, who appeared with his sister and fellow actor, Joan Cusack. Ebert worked at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years. The day before his April 4 death, he wrote in a post on his blog that he was taking a break from his schedule of almost-daily movie reviewing because the cancer had recurred. "He was simply one of the finest men I ever met," Chaz Ebert said of her late husband during Thursday night's memorial. Roger Ebert won national fame when he teamed with fel ...
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5 Things: Boards of Health, Electric Light, Rotary Club Meeting
Braintree Patch - over 4 years
Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump, was born on this day in 1905. Also born today in history: famous crime novelist Elmore Leanard (1925), actor and Hamilton, MA native David Morse (1953), actress Joan Cusack (1962), and golfer Michelle Wie (1989). 1. The Municipal Light Board meets at 5 p.m. on the second floor of 150 Potter Rd. this evening. 2. The Rotary Club of Braintree meets at Mastrangelo Family Catering at 12:15 p.m. 3. The Board of Health meets at 7 p.m. in the upstairs Johnson Chambers at Town Hall. 4. The Tri-Town Board of Water Commissioners meets in the Johnson Chambers at 10 a.m. 5. Activities today at the Senior Center on Cleveland Avenue include: 9 a.m. Chess 9:30 a.m. Chair Yoga 10 a.m. Photography Group Noon Pool Players 1 p.m. Art Group, Knit/Crochet, Bid Whist and Eye Screenings (free) by appointment
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Watch | 5 Films about TV Nightly News Before 'The Newsroom' Premiere
WNYC - Culture - over 4 years
Fans of "The West Wing," "The Social Network" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" are eagerly awaiting the premiere of Aaron Sorkin's next brainchild, "The Newsroom." The show, starring Jeff Daniels as the cable news anchor Will McAvoy, Emily Mortimer as the "News Night" executive producer and Sam Waterston as everyone's boss, debuts on HBO on Sunday night. "The show isn't just about the news. It's about the personal lives of the people who are working here in this newsroom," said Sorkin in an HBO video previewing the show. NPR interviewed Daniels about the show and covered the release of the first Season 1 trailer in April. Since then, HBO has released several others teasers, including this one: And here's another: With the debut of "The Newsroom" just a few days away, we decided to pull together a list of five other films set in and around TV newsrooms. "Network," the 1976 film starring Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and William Holden, is at the top of the ...
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Are you a movie buff? Test your knowledge in our Movie Quizzes!
Ciniplex - over 4 years
In what year does The Wedding Singer take place?  Who hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony? What planet is a Trimaxion Drone Ship from?  Did John or Joan Cusack star in Sixteen Candles? Think you know the answers? Put your movie knowledge to the test on our Movie Quizzes page!  We’ve launched a brand new feature on Cineplex.com that lets you comb the recesses of your brain for film factoids and movie trivia.  Each week we’ll present a brand new multiple choice quiz for you based on current movies, film genres, cinema classics, events, actors and directors, and movie music- anything from the silver screen is fair game!   You can find our Movie Quizzes page at the top of your screen on our featured navigation bar under “Quizzes.”  Ready to get started? In honour of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hitting Cineplex screens this week, put your skills to the test in our movie presidents quiz. Find the quiz after the jump!
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Interview: Joan Cusack sauntering for a cause she holds dear
Chicago Times - over 4 years
It remains to be seen if Charlie Sheen will in fact participate in Saturday’s Dash for Detection 5K Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Grant Park. The controversial actor tweeted earlier this month that he would take part, but his status was uncertain at press time.
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Joan Cusack Told Gabourey Sidibe to Quit Acting
Beleb Dirty Laundry - almost 5 years
Everybody saw Precious, right? I did, and I cried my eyes out. It was horrible – the crying, not the movie – and I was just in a funk the rest of the day because it was … I mean, it was Precious. I don’t think I need to justify those tears. But if you saw the movie and had a similar reaction to it, then that’s at least partly because Gabourey Sidibe is a damn fine actress. She carried that movie beautifully, and I’m excited to see what she has in store (which, by the way, includes a movie about a dognapping with Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken). But in addition to Gabourey’s incredible talent, she’s also fat. So, according to Joan Cusack, she should have just packed it up and gone on home before she started. Here’s what Gabourey had to say on Watch What Happens Live when she was asked which celebrity she was most disappointed by after meeting them: “It’s not in a mean way because I know she meant well. I met Joan Cusack, who is my favorite, favorite, and she… I ...
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Gabourey Sidibe Says Joan Cusack Told Her “You Should Just Quit The Business”: Because Of Weight Or Color? [Video]
Radar - almost 5 years
Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me To Quit Show Business Gabourey Sidibe says that when she was at an industry insider party before making it big, Joan Cusack told her… “She Should Quit Acting.” Gabourey says the context may be misconstrued, but it did leave a mark. More On Bossip! Cheese So Hard… That Isht Cray! We’ve Never Seen Yeezy Look So Happy In His Life Bad Girls Club Season 8 Reunion First Clips: First Time Audience Member Scrap At Reunion [Video] The OMG Girls Speak To Bossip Exclusively About Their Career Family And Boys Peace, My Brother: A List Of The 10 LEAST Violent States In America
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WATCH: Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me To Quit Show Business
Misformusic - almost 5 years
Gabourey Sidibe may have been nominated for an Academy Award for her title role in 2009's "Precious," but that doesn't mean everyone in Hollywood knows who she is just yet. In fact, on Wednesday's "Watch What Happens Live," the actress revealed a major diss she received from actress Joan Cusack, albeit before she made it big. In the show's "Plead the Fifth" segment, host Andy Cohen asked Sidibe, "What celebrity were you most disappointed by when you finally met them?" Sidibe said it was none other than Cusack, who didn't know who Sidibe was and even told her to quit her job! "What celebrity was I disappointed by? Oh, and it's not in a mean way, because I know that she meant well. I met Joan Cusack, who is my favorite favorite -- I love her -- but, it was before I became [famous] or whatever. I was at some industry party, and she says, 'Are you an actress?' And I said, 'Yeah!' And she says, 'Oh honey, you should really quit the business, it's so image-conscious.'" S ...
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John Cusack Receives Hollywood Star
The Inquisitor - almost 5 years
The Raven actor John Cusack has a lot to be grateful for these days. He’s had a career that spans well into the 80s, there’s good buzz surrounding his latest film The Raven, that sees him portraying Edger Allen Poe, and as of Tuesday Cusack received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony that was held on Tuesday for John Cusack to unveil his star cost an upwards of $30,000, and reunited him with old co-stars like Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black,  Billy Bob Thorton, and of course his thespian sister Joan Cusack. All of the people gathered to pay tribute to the Better Off Dead star as he received his Hollywood star. Cusack proved that he could take a few pot shots at himself and enjoy in a nice laugh as he watched others tell stories, and during his own reflections said, “To the best of my knowledge, I’ve tried to screw my career up as much as I possibly could, but even with all my best efforts to screw it up, I managed to have lasting friendships, and some of the best friends ...
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Admiral Theater chooses ‘Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie’
West Seattle Blog - about 5 years
The word’s in from Dinah Brein at the historic Admiral Theater – this year’s free Christmas movie is … the one in the trailer clip atop this story … “A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie’! 7 pm Tuesday, December 20th. Here’s the official announcement: The Admiral Theater, the Admiral Business Association and The Admiral Blockbuster present ‘It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie’ -Tuesday, December 20. What would life amongst the Muppets have been without their unofficial leader Kermit the Frog? This holiday confection, not only spoofs the Yuletide classic , It’s a Wonderful Life, but also takes satirical aim at such pop cultural phenomena as Moulin Rouge and Fear Factor. The plot is set in motion when evil banker Rachel Bitterman (Joan Cusack) forecloses on the Muppets’ famous variety theater, with the intention of building a gaudy nightclub. But Bitterman’s machinations take a back seat when apprentice guardian angel, Daniel (David Arquette), shows Kermit what conditions ...
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On Demand picks - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Seth Green and Joan Cusack do the CG performance-capture thing. (PG; runs through Dec. 25) LITTLE BLACK BOOK (Starz on Comcast) On paper, it's just another high-tech updating of a tired romantic-comedy formula: Girl meets boy, girl doubts boy,
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'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum on Chicago: 'I like the energy' - Chicago Tribune (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The cast "hunkered down" at the home of Emmy-nominated co-star Joan Cusack, who lives in the Chicago area. Rossum said the August shoot, this week's, would involve swimming instead of snowball fights. "I think we'll survive," she said
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joan Cusack
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is the sister of actors Ann and John Cusack. Cusack was born in New York City, New York on October 11, 1962 and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. 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. Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1984). 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'.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is the sister of actor John Cusack. They have appeared together in 10 productions: Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987), Say Anything (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Cradle Will Rock (1999), High Fidelity (2000), Martian Child (2007) and War, Inc. (2008). She is married to attorney Richard Burke, President and CEO of VISANOW Global Immigration, since 1993. They have two sons: Dylan John (b. 1997) and Miles (b. 2000). Cusack owns a home in Three Oaks Township, Michigan, and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 43
    In 2003, both Joan and her brother John signed the "Not in My Name" resolution (along with people such as Noam Chomsky and Susan Sarandon) opposing the invasion of Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom What About Joan? in 2001–02 and the hit film Arlington Road.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 2
    Born on October 11, 1962.
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