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Also Known As: Joanna Virginia Caskey Died:
Born: August 2, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Camden, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, model

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With her lusty laugh and penetrating gaze, Joanna Cassidy manifested an innate intelligence that allowed her to avoid the starlet trap of playing bimbos and girlfriends. Equally adept at comedy, drama and the physical rigors of action-adventure, the titian-haired ex-model scored an early starring role opposite George C. Scott in "The Bank Shot" (1974) but her résumé-building credits were largely in television. Rebounding from the cancellation of her weekly air rescue series "240-Robert" (ABC, 1979-1981), Cassidy joined the cast of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982), as an ass-kicking replicant who nearly makes mincemeat of star Harrison Ford. Elevated to the status of leading lady, she was paired with Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman for "Under Fire" (1983), an account of war correspondents swept up in the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution, and with Dabney Coleman for the critically-acclaimed but short-lived NBC sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (1983-84), which netted her a Golden Globe. Key roles in "The Fourth Protocol" (1987), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1989) and "A Vampire in Brooklyn" (1996) kept the actress in the public eye as she matured to more mature parts, most notably as the sexually adventurous widow...

With her lusty laugh and penetrating gaze, Joanna Cassidy manifested an innate intelligence that allowed her to avoid the starlet trap of playing bimbos and girlfriends. Equally adept at comedy, drama and the physical rigors of action-adventure, the titian-haired ex-model scored an early starring role opposite George C. Scott in "The Bank Shot" (1974) but her résumé-building credits were largely in television. Rebounding from the cancellation of her weekly air rescue series "240-Robert" (ABC, 1979-1981), Cassidy joined the cast of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982), as an ass-kicking replicant who nearly makes mincemeat of star Harrison Ford. Elevated to the status of leading lady, she was paired with Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman for "Under Fire" (1983), an account of war correspondents swept up in the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution, and with Dabney Coleman for the critically-acclaimed but short-lived NBC sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (1983-84), which netted her a Golden Globe. Key roles in "The Fourth Protocol" (1987), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1989) and "A Vampire in Brooklyn" (1996) kept the actress in the public eye as she matured to more mature parts, most notably as the sexually adventurous widow Margaret Chenowith on HBO's groundbreaking "Six Feet Under" (2001-04). Cassidy showed no inclination to slow down, keeping busy playing a panoply of lusty professional women and domineering mother types on "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), "HawthoRNe" (TNT, 2009- ) and "Body of Evidence" (ABC, 2011- ) while enjoying a hard-won reputation as one of Hollywood's most beloved character actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Flying Lessons (2010)
2.
 Stolen (2009)
3.
4.
 Kiss the Bride (2007)
6.
 Grudge 2, The (2006)
7.
8.
 Found (2005)
9.
 Reading Room (2005)
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Raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey
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Moved to San Francisco, California
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Began career as a model; first job was in a print campaign for wine
1968:
First screen role, bit part in Peter Yates' "Bullitt"
1972:
Moved to Los Angeles with children; began modeling and acting
1973:
Screen acting debut in "The Laughing Policeman"
1977:
TV debut as a regular on "Shields and Yarnell" (CBS)
1978:
Featured in short-lived "The Rollergirls" (NBC)
1979:
Co-starred on the ABC drama series "240 Robert"
1982:
Had prominent supporting role in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Blade Runner"
1983:
Appeared in short-lived comedy series "The Family Tree" (NBC)
1983:
Cast opposite Dabney Coleman in the superior sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (NBC)
1985:
Had leading role of former CIA operative Elizabeth 'Foxire' Towne in the short-lived NBC adventure series "Codename: Foxfire"
1985:
Was featured in the ABC miniseries "Hollywood Wives"
1988:
Was female live-action lead in the feature "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1993:
Co-starred in HBO TV-movie "Barbarians at the Gate"
1993:
Returned to series TV as the title character's ex-wife in "Dudley", a CBS sitcom starring Dudley Moore that lasted for five episodes
1994:
Played recurring role of a judge on three episode story arc of "L.A. Law"
1994:
Played leading role in the CBS series "Hotel Malibu"
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Had recurring role as love interest to Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) on the CBS mystery "Diagnosis Murder"
2001:
Returned to regular series work in the ABC fall drama "Philly"
2001:
Cast as Margaret Chenowith, mother of Brenda and Billy Chenowith in the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"
2006:
Guest stars as Beverly Bridge, wife of lawyer Danny Crane, on ABC's "Boston Legal"
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "Six Feet Under"
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -

Notes

On her casting in "Blade Runner": "When I got that script, I KNEW it was mine--it had to be. I was the only actress with a snake." --quoted in MOVIELINE, January/February 1996

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