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(Mother) 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, the other for her role as Kevin Kline's jilted bride in the
critically acclaimed In & Out. Among her other roles are the femme
fatale in Addams Family Values, Grosse Point Blank, Nine Months,
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (directed by Peter Sellars), 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
appeared on the big screen in Richard Linklater's The
School of Rock, Stephen Frears' High Fidelity, Where the
Heart Is with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, Arlington Road with
Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges, Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and
Richard Gere, and in director Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock with Bill
Murray. She will next be seen starring alongside Kate Hudson in Garry Marshall's
Cusack's theatre work
includes the premiere of Brilliant Traces at New York's Cherry Lane
Theatre, The Road at La Mama and Imogen in Cymbeline at the 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 â€˜Tis a
Pity She's a Whore.
On television, Cusack
was a regular on Saturday Night Live during the show's 1985-86 season.
She also appeared with Anne Bancroft in the BBC production of Paddy Chayefsky's
Cusack 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.
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