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Joan Cusack


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Personal life

Cusack was born in New York City to an Irish American Catholic family.[1][2] Her mother, Nancy, is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. Her father, Dick Cusack (1925-2003), as well as her siblings Ann, Bill, John and Susie, have also been actors; her father was also a documentary filmmaker,[3] owned a film production company[4] and was a friend of activist Philip Berrigan.[5]

Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is married to Chicago attorney Dick Burke, with whom she has two sons, Dylan John and Miles.

[edit] Career

Cusack twice has been nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her work in Working Girl and In & Out. She co-starred with her brother John in the movies Sixteen Candles, Class, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank, Say Anything..., Cradle Will Rock, Friends with Money and, most recently, 2007's Martian Child and the upcoming movie War, Inc..

For many years, Cusack was also the commercial spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular.

Her recurring characters on Saturday Night Live include Salena, a socially inept girl who tries to ask out her boyfriend, Biff (played by Jon Lovitz), who is also socially inept. In addition, she did celebrity impersonations of Brooke Shields, Jane Fonda and Queen Elizabeth II.


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