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JOAN CUSACK most recently starred on screen in Kit Kittredge: An Amercian Girl Mystery for Picturehouse Films opposite Abigail Breslin and Stanley Tucci. Other recent credits include Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money with Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand, Disney's Ice Princess with Kim Cattrall and Michelle Trachtenberg, Garry Marshall's Raising Helen with Kate Hudson and the comedy The Last Shot with Alec Baldwin. She also lent her voice in Toy Story 2 and in Chicken Little, as the ugly duckling. 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 and Out.

She also recently received an Emmy® nomination for her voice work in the PBS show Peep in the Big Wide World. 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, Where the Heart Is, Grosse Pointe Blank, Broadcast News, Say Anything, Married to the Mob and Sixteen Candles, among others. 

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 obtaining her degree in English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she appeared with The Art, an improv group. 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.”


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