Joanna Cassidy (born born Joanna Virginia Caskey, August 2, 1945) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as the replicant Zhora Salome in 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 a Saturn Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Joanna Cassidy in 2007.
Joanna Virginia Caskey
August 2, 1945
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Dr. Kennard C. Kobrin
(m. 1964; div. 1974)
Cassidy also has starred in films such as Under Fire (1983), The Fourth Protocol (1987), The Package (1989), Where the Heart Is (1990), Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), and Ghosts of Mars (2001). From 2001 to 2005, she played Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. From 2011 to 2013, she played Joan Hunt on the ABC series Body of Proof, and from 2010 to 2013 starred in the HBO Canada comedy series Call Me Fitz for which she won two Canadian Screen Awards.
Cassidy was born Joanna Virginia Caskey in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Virginia and Joe Caskey. She attended Haddonfield Memorial High School, and has described herself as being "a rowdy kid" there. She is known for her infectious, howling laugh which can be heard in the film The Laughing Policeman and on her appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Cassidy majored in art at Syracuse University. 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). She appeared in a 1973 Smokey Bear public service announcement (PSA), and on such television series as Mission: Impossible, Starsky & Hutch and Taxi. She had a small role in Stay Hungry (1976), a film about bodybuilding which 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 film Our Winning Season (1978). Her first regular role was as sheriff's pilot Morgan Wainwright in the action-adventure series 240-Robert (1979), although 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 on the short-lived sitcom Buffalo Bill (1983) (for which she earned a Golden Globe Award). She starred on the short-lived NBC television series Code Name: Foxfire (1985).
In 1982, Cassidy had her first major feature film role as the replicant snake performer Zhora Salome 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), 1969, 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 on the sitcom Dudley, but the series only lasted for six episodes. She played the ex-wife of James Garner's lead character in the television movie, The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994).
Other screen credits from this era include Barbarians at the Gate (1993), the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers (1993), and Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). Cassidy also provided the voice of Inspector Maggie Sawyer on The WB series Superman: The Animated Series, and had recurring guest roles on television series such as L.A. Law, Melrose Place, Diagnosis: Murder and The District.
Since 2000, Cassidy has appeared in the film Ghosts of Mars (2001) 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 guest-starred in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise as T'Les (the Vulcan mother of Enterprise crewmember T'Pol) and she had a recurring role as Beverly Bridge on the series Boston Legal in 2006. She 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.
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 on 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 on the series. The series was canceled by ABC after three seasons in May 2013. In 2015, Cassidy was cast as a main character in the Bravo scripted series Odd Mom Out. She plays the role of Candace Von Weber, a snobbish Upper East Side socialite and mother-in-law to the show's protagonist Jill Weber (Jill Kargman). The series was canceled in 2017. In 2019, she co-starred in the Amazon Prime miniseries Too Old to Die Young and later had a recurring role on NCIS: New Orleans.
|1973||The Outfit||Rita Mailer|
|1973||The Laughing Policeman||Monica|
|1975||The Cursed Medallion||Joanna Morgan|
|1976||Stay Hungry||Zoe Miller|
|1977||American Raspberry||Lisa Allen|
|1977||The Late Show||Laura Birdwell|
|1978||Our Winning Season||Sheila|
|1979||The Glove||Sheila Michaels|
|1980||Night Games||Julie Miller||Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress|
|1982||Blade Runner||Zhora Salome|
|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|
|1987||The Fourth Protocol||Irina Vassilievna|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Dolores||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1989||The Package||Eileen Gallagher|
|1990||Where the Heart Is||Jean McBain|
|1991||Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead||Rose Lindsey|
|1991||Lonely Hearts||Erin Randall|
|1991||All-American Murder||Erica Darby||Video|
|1995||Vampire in Brooklyn||Captain Dewey|
|1996||Chain Reaction||Maggie McDermott|
|1997||Executive Power||Elaine Fields - First Lady|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||Laura Venier|
|2000||The Right Temptation||Maryanne|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars||Whitlock|
|2005||Witches of the Caribbean||Professor Avebury||Video|
|2006||The Virgin of Juarez||Eve|
|2006||Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector||Lily Micelli|
|2006||The Grudge 2||Mrs. Davis|
|2007||Kiss the Bride||Evelyn Golski|
|2008||The American Standards||Ann Jennings|
|2008||The Human Contract||Rose|
|2009||For Sale by Owner||Linda Flannery|
|2010||Flying Lessons||Totty Kuspert|
|2010||Anderson's Cross||Mrs. McCarthy|
|2012||What Might Have Been: Snake Dance||Zhora Salome||Short film|
|2013||Heaven's Door||Ruth Christensen|
|2014||Night Vet||Kelly||Short film|
|2015||Too Late||Eleanor Mahler|
|2020||My True Fairytale||Sylvia Goodwin|
|1972||Mission: Impossible||Model||1 episode|
|1973||Mission: Impossible||Stewardess||2 episodes|
|1976||McCoy||Unnamed role||Season 1, episode 5 – "New Dollar Day"|
|1978||The Roller Girls||Selma "Books" Cassidy||4 episodes|
|1978||Taxi||Beverly||Episode: "High School Reunion"|
|1978||Starsky & Hutch||Harry / Monique||Episode: "The Avenger"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Joan Horner||Episode: "Gopher's Greatest Hits/The Vacation/One Rose a Day"|
|1979||Kaz||Unnamed role||Season 1, episode 18 – "A Piece of Cake"|
|1979–1980||240-Robert||Deputy Morgan Wainwright||13 episodes|
|1980||Hagen||Eve||Season 1, episode 7 – "The Rat Pack"|
|1980||Dallas||Sally Bullock||2 episodes|
|1980||Trapper John, M.D.||Dr. Carson Whitaker||Episode: "Warning: I May Be Hazardous to Your Health"|
|1980||Reunion||Peggy Sager||Television film|
|1981||Trapper John, M.D.||Maggie Holtz||Episode: "C.O.D."|
|1981||Charlie's Angels||Stacy||Episode: "Hula Angels"|
|1981||Enos||Unnamed role||Season 1, episode 10 – "The Head Hunter"|
|1981||Hart to Hart||Belle||Episode: "Slow Boat to Murder"|
|1981||Flo||Billy June||Episode: "Footsie"|
|1982||Strike Force||Eve Murphy||Episode: "Turnabout"|
|1982||The Love Boat||Dr. Lisa Lessing||Episode: "I Don't Play Anymore/Gopher's Roommate/Crazy for You"|
|1982||Lou Grant||Barbara Costigan||Episode: "Charlie"|
|1982||Falcon Crest||Katherine Demery||5 episodes|
|1983||The 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|
|1986||Pleasures||Lillian Benton||Television film|
|1986||The Children of Times Square||Sue Roberts||Television film|
|1988||Nightmare at Bittercreek||Allison Shapiro||Television film|
|1990||A Girl of the Limberlost||Gene Stratton-Porter||Television film|
|1990||Wheels of Terror||Laura||Television film|
|1992||Northern Exposure||Solvang Planey||Episode: "The Three Amigos"|
|1992||The Ray Bradbury Theater||Lavinia||Episode: "The Lonely One"|
|1992||Live! From Death Row||Alana Powers||Television film|
|1992||Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story||Geneva Overholser||Television film|
|1993||Barbarians at the Gate||Linda Robinson||Television film|
|1993||The Tommyknockers||Sheriff Ruth Merrill||Miniseries|
|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
|1993–1994||L.A. Law||Judge Carolyn Walker||4 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|
|1995||Eye of the Stalker||Judge Martha Knowlton||Television film|
|1997||Melrose Place||Kate Reilly||3 episodes|
|1997||The Second Civil War||Helena Newman||Television film|
|1997–1998||Superman: The Animated Series||Maggie Sawyer (voice)||8 episodes|
|1998||Rude Awakening||Colleen Woods||Episode: "TV Mom"|
|1998||The Hunger||Grace Wallace||Episode: "The Other Woman"|
|1998||Circle of Deceit||Elaine Greer||Television film|
|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"|
|2001–2002||The District||Teddy Reed||5 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
|2003||Less Than Perfect||Norma||Season 1, episode 12 – "Claude's Got a Secret"|
|2003||Hidden Hills||Carol||Season 1, episode 11 – "The Visit"|
|2003||Everwood||Evelyn Rowser||Episode: "The Price of Fame"|
|2004||Star Trek: Enterprise||T'Les||2 episodes|
|2005||The Reading Room||Diana Weston||Television film|
|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"|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Mrs. Holden||Episode: "52 Pickup"|
|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||18 episodes|
Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (2015)
Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (2013)
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (2011)
|2011–2013||Body of Proof||Joan Hunt||14 episodes|
|2012||Franklin & Bash||Captain Gina Vaughn||Episode: "Summer Girls"|
|2013||Bones||Marianne Booth||2 episodes|
|2013||Living the Dream||Claire||Television film|
|2015–2017||Odd Mom Out||Candace Von Weber||Recurring season 1, main cast seasons 2 & 3|
|2015||Married||Sharon||Episode: "The Cruise"|
|2016||The Odd Couple||Judy||Season 2, episode 7 – "Make Room for Dani"|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Barbara||Episode: "Jack and Diane"|
|2016||Motive||Natalie Rodman||2 episodes|
|2018||Life in Pieces||Charlotte Collins||Episode: “Parents Ancestry Coupon Chaperone”|
|2019||The Cool Kids||Joanie||Episode: “The Cool Kids Plus One”|
|2019||Too Old to Die Young||Eloise||Miniseries|
|2019–2020||NCIS: New Orleans||Mena Pride||3 episodes|
- "Explore Historical Newspaper Archives Online - NewspaperARCHIVE.com". newspaperarchive.com.
- 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 biodata, yahoo.com; accessed November 30, 2014.
- "If you knew it was me would you have listened?" US National Archives on youtube (starting 1971, 4th video in clip-set): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYkv7N7OLSU, start at 1m37s; see also year-dated PSAs and other-media overview at Ad Council's Smokey Bear website: https://smokeybear.com/en/smokeys-history?decade=1970
- Christopher, James (September 3, 2007). "Blade Runner: The Final Cut". The Times. London. Retrieved October 1, 2007.
- Carolyn Giardina (2007). "Cutting a new 'Blade': No bloodshed allowed". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2007.
- All Our Variant Futures, a featurette in Blade Runner Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition DVD set, 2007
- "About Odd Mom Out". Bravotv.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
- Oldenburg Film Festival to honour Joanna Cassidy
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