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JOAN CUSACK (Judge De Salvo) has garnered 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 second for her role as Kevin Kline's jilted bride in the critically acclaimed "In & Out.” Cusack was the recipient of an American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in "Runaway Bride,” with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, under the direction of P.J. Hogan, and an Annie Award for her performance as the voice of Jessie in "Toy Story 2.” She also received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work in "Peep and the Big Wide World.”

Most recently, Cusack appeared in Hogan's "Confessions of a Shopaholic,” and also in "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” alongside Abigail Breslin. Cusack has starred in such films as "Friends with Money”; "Ice Princess”; "Raising Helen”; "School of Rock”; "Arlington Road”; "High Fidelity”; "Cradle Will Rock”; "Where the Heart Is”; "War, Inc.”; "Grosse Point Blank”; "Martian Child”; "Addams Family Values”; "Nine Months”; "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez”; "Corrina, Corrina”; "Toys”; "Hero”; "My Blue Heaven”; "Men Don't Leave”; "Broadcast News”; "Say Anything”; and "Sixteen Candles.” She made her screen debut in "My Bodyguard,” at the age of 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.” She also starred in the sitcom "What About Joan.”

Her theatrical work includes the premiere of "Brilliant Traces” at New York's Cherry Lane Theatre; "The Road” at La Mama; and the role of Imogen in "Cymbeline” at the Public Theatre in New York. Cusack portrayed Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where she was also directed by JoAnne Akalaitis in "'Tis Pity She's a Whore.” She studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago and, while at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she graduated with a degree in English, she appeared with the improvisational group "The Ark.”

Cusack will next be seen in the telefilm "Acceptance,” based on the Susan Coll novel, and is currently working on "Progress Notes,” a TV comedy which she will produce and in which she will star, in Chicago.


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