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Biography #2 (for Kit Kittredge)OAN CUSACK has received two Academy Award nominations: the first for her comic portrayal of a Staten Island secretary in WORKING GIRL with Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith, and the other for her role as Kevin Kline's jilted bride in the critically acclaimed IN AND OUT. She was the recipient of an American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in RUNAWAY BRIDE, opposite Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. She recently received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work in Peep and the Big Wide World. Cusack is currently in production on P.J. Hogan's CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, co-starring Isla Fisher, and Nick Cassavetes' MY SISTER'S KEEPER, with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin. Raised in Evanston, Illinois, Cusack studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop. While at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she graduated with a degree in English, she appeared with the improv group The Ark.
Cusack has appeared in films including FRIENDS WITH MONEY, with Jennifer Aniston and Catherine Keener; ICE PRINCESS, with Kim Cattrall; RAISING HELEN, with brother John Cusack and Abigail Breslin; SCHOOL OF ROCK, with Jack Black; ARLINGTON ROAD, with Jeff Bridges; director Stephen Frears's HIGH FIDELITY; director Tim Robbins's CRADLE WILL ROCK, with Bill Murray; and WHERE THE HEART IS, with Natalie Portman. Her filmography includes comedic femme fatale roles in ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, GROSSE POINT BLANK, NINE MONTHS, THE CABINET OF DR. RAMIREZ (directed by Peter Sellers), CORRINA, CORRINA, TOYS, HERO, MY BLUE HEAVEN, MEN DON'T LEAVE, BROADCAST NEWS, SAY ANYTHING and SIXTEEN CANDLES, among others. She made her screen debut in Tony Bill's MY BODYGUARD, at age 15.
Cusack's appearances on the small screen include a regular role on Saturday Night Live during the show's 1985-86 season and a starring role alongside Anne Bancroft in the BBC production of Paddy Chayefsky's The Mother.
Her theatrical work includes the premiere of Brilliant Traces at New York's Cherry Lane Theatre, The Road at La Mama, and Cymbeline at The Public Theatre in New York, in which she played Imogen. She portrayed Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and was directed by Joanne Akalitis in Tis a Pity She's a Whore. The actress resides in Chicago with her husband and their two sons.
for "Kit Kittredge" updated 12-Jul-2008
Biography #3 (for Raising Helen)Joan Cusack has received two Academy Award nominations, one for her comic portrayal of a Staten Island secretary in Working Girl with Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith, and one for her role as Kevin Kline's jilted bride in the critically acclaimed In & Out.
Her comic versatility has been displayed in her recent television series What About Joan for ABC. Among Cusack's other film credits are School of Rock, Arlington Road, Cradle Will Rock, Runaway Bride, High Fidelity, and Where The Heart Is, Grosse Pointe Blank, A Smile Like Yours, Broadcast News, Say Anything, Married to the Mob, and Sixteen Candles, among others. She will soon appear in Touchstone Pictures' The Last Shot.
The versatile actress made her screen debut in Tony Bill's My Bodyguard. She studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, Illinois where she grew up. While at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she appeared with The Ark, an improv group. She graduated with a degree in English.
Cusack's theatre work includes the premiere of Cymbeline at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York. She was Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and was directed by Joanne Akalitis in ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore. She was a regular on Saturday Night Live during the show's 1985-86 season, and appeared with Anne Bancroft in the BBC production of Paddy Chayefsky's The Mother. Joan lives in Chicago with her husband and children.
Bio courtesy Touchstone for "Raising Helen" (09-Jun-2004)