Joan Cusack was born on October 11, 1972. She was born in
New York, but raised up in Evanston, Illinois. Her father, Dick Cusack, started his career in a different way, but eventually, he gave into the profession of actor, and her mother, Ann Paula, was a Mathematics teacher. Joan’s siblings, Susie Cusack,
John Cusack, Ann Cusack, and Bill Cusack, are also into acting. She is an Irish American, as well as a Catholic.
Joan’s thirst of learning and creativity led her into becoming a theater artist. Her path of education in acting began from The Ark and Story Theater. She went to Piven Theater Workshop as a child, and she graduated with a Bachelor of English from the Wisconsin University of Madison.
The movies she acted in are, ‘Cutting Loose’ (1980), ‘My Bodyguard’ (1980), ‘Class’ (1983), ‘Sixteen Candles’ (1984), ‘Grandview, USA’ (1984), ‘The Allnighter’ (1987) and many more. She voiced for some animation movies like, ‘Chicken Little’ as Abby Mallard (2005), and the ‘Toy Story’ series as Jessie (1999 and 2010). Her movie, ‘In & Out’, won her the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in Motion Picture, BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress, BFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Award, and STFC Award for the same. She and her brother, John Cusack, have produced 10 movies together from the period of 1984 to 2008.
In terms of television series, she acted in ‘
Saturday Night Live’ (1985-1986). This gave her a break in her career, because she did it during her leave from graduation. It was her first series. ‘Shameless’ (2011-2015) won ‘Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’, and was nominated for the same, twice, in the years of 2011-2013 and on 2014. Joan Cusack was married to Richard Burke, president and CEO of VISANOW Global Immigration since 1993, and they have two children together, Dylan John and Miles Cusack.