Cassidy, Joanna 1944–

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Cassidy, Joanna 1944–


Original name, Joanna Virginia Caskey; born August 2, 1944, in Camden, NJ; raised in Haddonfield, NJ; mother, an artist; married Kennard C. Kobrin (a psychiatrist), 1964 (divorced, 1974); children: two. Education: Attended Syracuse University. Avocational Interests: Sculpting, painting, collecting art and antiques, gardening, golf, fitness workouts, tennis, photography.

Addresses: Manager—Bette Smith, Bette Smith Management, 499 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actress. Worked as print model in San Francisco, CA. Charity volunteer and animal rights activist, including affiliate of Last Chance for Animals and International Trauma Healing Institute.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award, best actress in a comedy or musical television series, and Emmy Award nomination, outstanding actress in a comedy series, both 1984, for Buffalo Bill; Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1990, for Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding ensemble in a drama series, 2006, for Six Feet Under.


Television Appearances; Series:

Selma "Books" Cassidy, Rollergirls, NBC, 1978.

Deputy Morgan Wainwright, 240-Robert, ABC, 1979–80.

Sally Bullock, Dallas, CBS, 1980–81.

Elizabeth Nichols, The Family Tree, NBC, 1983.

Joanna "Jo-Jo" White, Buffalo Bill, NBC, 1983–84.

Elizabeth "Foxfire" Towne, Code Name: Foxfire, NBC, 1985.

Laraine Bristol, Dudley (also known as Modern Times), CBS, 1993.

Eleanor "Ellie" Mayfield, Hotel Malibu, CBS, 1994.

Voice of Maggie Sawyer, Superman (animated; also known as Superman: The Animated Series), The WB, 1996–2000.

Margaret Chenowith, a recurring role, Six Feet Under, HBO, between 2001 and 2005.

Beverly Bridge, a recurring role, Boston Legal, ABC, 2006.

Voice for the animated series Men in Black: The Series.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Marilee Gray, Hollywood Wives, ABC, 1985.

Ann Heath, Grass Roots, NBC, 1992.

Sheriff Ruth Merrill, The Tommyknockers (also known as Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers"), ABC, 1993.

Gina Brava, Tribe, 1999.

Helen Carr, To Serve and Protect (also known as Family Shield), NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Camille Bettencourt, She's Dressed to Kill (also known as Someone's Killing the World's Greatest Models), NBC, 1979.

Peggy Sager, Reunion, CBS, 1980.

Patricia "Pat" Winslow, Invitation to Hell, ABC, 1984.

Elizabeth "Foxfire" Towne, Code Name: Foxfire (also known as Slay It Again, Sam), NBC, 1985.

Lillian Benton, Pleasures, ABC, 1986.

Sue Roberts, The Children of Times Square (also known as Street Wise), ABC, 1986.

Allison Shapiro, Nightmare at Bitter Creek (also known as Bitter Creek), CBS, 1988.

Barbara Hobart, Das Rattennest (also known as A Father's Revenge and The Rescue), 1988.

Laura MacKenzie, Wheels of Terror (also known as Terror in Copper County and Terror in Napa Valley), USA Network, 1990.

Gene Stratton-Porter, "A Girl of the Limberlost," WonderWorks Family Movie, PBS, 1990.

Alana Powers, Live! From Death Row, Fox, 1992.

Geneva Overholser, Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (also known as The Rape of Nancy Ziegenmeyer and Taking Back My Life), CBS, 1992.

Janice Bodine, Perfect Family, USA Network, 1992.

Linda Robinson, Barbarians at the Gate (also known as Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco), HBO, 1993.

Halley "Kit" Kittredge, The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (also known as The Rockford Files: I Love L.A.), CBS, 1994.

Hannah Pierson, Sleep, Baby, Sleep, ABC, 1995.

Judge Martha Knowlton, Eye of the Stalker (also known as Moment of Truth: Eye of the Stalker), 1995.

Narrator, Crystal Cave (also known as The Crystal Cave: Lessons from the Teachings of Merlin), 1996.

Helena Newman, The Second Civil War, HBO, 1997.

Julie, "1974," If These Walls Could Talk, HBO, 1997.

Elaine Greer, Circle of Deceit, ABC, 1998.

McLean, Wildfire 7: The Inferno, PAX, 2002.

Caroline Kass, Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (also known as Driven to Succeed), NBC, 2003.

Ellen Drake, Found, Lifetime, 2005.

Diana, The Reading Room, Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Member of ensemble, Shields and Yarnell, CBS, 1977.

Celebrity Football Classic, NBC, 1979.

Battle of the Network Stars VII, ABC, 1979.

Host, Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown, CBS, 1988.

Linda Jurgenson, "Other Mothers," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1993.

Narrator, Sex, Power, and the Workplace (also known as Sexual Harassment in the Workplace), PBS, 1993.

Narrator, Alchemy, 1996.

Narrator, Beyond the Human Senses, The Learning Channel, 2000.

On the Edge of "Blade Runner," Channel 4, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Uncredited) Model, "Two Thousand," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1972.

(Uncredited) Stewardess, "Movie," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1973.

(Uncredited) Stewardess, "The Western," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1973.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1975.

Beverly, "High School Reunion," Taxi, ABC, 1978.

Monique/Harry, "The Avenger," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1978.

"A Piece of Cake," Kaz, 1979.

Joan, "Gopher's Greatest Hits/The Vacation/One Rose a Day," The Love Boat, ABC, 1979.

Dr. Carson Whitaker, "Warning—I May Be Hazardous to Your Health," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1980.

"The Rat Pack," Hagen, 1980.

Lucy, "Resurrection," Insight, 1980.

"The Head Hunter," Enos, 1981.

Belle, "Slow Boat to Murder," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1981.

Maggie, "C.O.D.," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981.

Stacy, "Hula Angels," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1981.

Lisa, "I Don't Play Anymore/Gopher's Roommate/Crazy for You," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Eve Murphy, "Turnabout," Strike Force, ABC, 1982.

Katherine Demery, "Murder One," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1982.

Katherine Demery, "The Expose," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1982.

Katherine Demery, "Home Away from Home," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1982.

Katherine Demery, "The Namesake," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1982.

Barbara Costigan, "Charlie," Lou Grant, CBS, 1982.

Christine Donovan, "Nurses' Night Out," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983.

Mona, Drexell's Class (also known as Oh No, Not Drexell! and Shut Up, Kids), Fox, 1991.

Lavinia, "The Lonely One," The Ray Bradbury Theatre (also known as The Bradbury Trilogy, Mystery Theatre, Le monde fantastique de Ray Bradbury, and Ray Bradbury presente), USA Network, 1992.

Solvang Planey, "The Three Amigos," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1992.

Judge Carolyn Walker, "Eli's Gumming," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Storytime, PBS, 1994.

Judge Carolyn Walker, "He Ain't Guilty, He's My Brother," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994.

Judge Carolyn Walker, "Whistle Stop," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994.

Liz Charles, "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Willie Greenwood, "Roadkill," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1994.

Lucy Binder, "Here's to You, Mrs. Binder," Ned and Stacey Fox, 1995.

Kate Reilly, "Desperately Seeking Samantha," Melrose Place, Fox, 1997.

Kate Reilly, "The Light at the End of the Tumble," Melrose Place, Fox, 1997.

Maggie Sawyer, "World's Finest," Batman: Gotham Knights (animated), The WB, 1997.

Grace Wallace, "The Other Woman," The Hunger, Showtime, 1998.

Dr. Madison Wesley, "Out of the Past: Parts 1 & 2," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999.

Dudley Moore: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Meg Cleary, "Quality of Mercy," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX, 1999.

Claire, "In Her Footsteps," Hollywood Off-Ramp, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Lewis's boss, "Justice," D.C, The WB, 2000.

Colleen, "Star 80 Proof," Rude Awakening, Showtime, 2000.

Barbara, "Mother's Day," Three Sisters, NBC, 2001.

Guest, The Test, FX Network, 2001.

Teddy Reed, "Lost and Found," The District, CBS, 2001.

Teddy Reed, "Night Shift," The District, CBS, 2001.

Teddy Reed, "The Greenhouse Effect," The District, CBS, 2002.

Carol, "The Visit," Hidden Hills, NBC, 2003.

Norma, "Claude's Got a Secret," Less than Perfect, ABC, 2003.

Evelyn Rowser, "The Price of Fame," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2003.

T'Les, "Home," Enterprise (also known as Star Trek: Enterprise), UPN, 2004.

T'Les, "Awakening," Enterprise (also known as Star Trek: Enterprise), UPN, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Joanna, Second Start, ABC, 1988.

Claudia Reese, Bar Girls, CBS, 1990.

Marian Marshall, Philly ABC, 2001.

Film Appearances:

Prime Time, Essanjay, 1960.

(Uncredited) Bit part, Bullitt, Warner Bros., 1968.

Fools, Cinerama, 1970.

Monica, The Laughing Policeman (also known as An Investigation of Murder), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973.

Rita, The Outfit (also known as Good Guys Always Win), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973.

Eleonora, Bank Shot, United Artists, 1974.

Joanna Morgan, Il medaglione insanguinato (also known as The Cursed Medallion, The Night Child, Il medaglione insanguinato—Perche?, and Perche?!), Film Ventures, 1975.

Zoe, Stay Hungry, United Artists, 1976.

Laura Birdwell, The Late Show, Warner Bros., 1977.

Lisa Allen, American Raspberry (also known as Prime Time), Cannon, 1977.

Patti Johnson, Stunts (also known as Who Is Killing the Stuntmen?), New Line Cinema, 1977.

Sheila, Our Winning Season, American International Pictures, 1978.

Julie Miller, Night Games (also known as Love Games and Jeux erotiques de nuit), American International Pictures, 1980.

Sheila Michaels, The Glove (also known as Blood Mad and The Glove: Lethal Terminator), Pro International, 1980.

Zhora, Blade Runner, Warner Bros., 1982.

Claire Stryder, Under Fire, Orion, 1983.

Terry Hamlin, Club Paradise, Warner Bros., 1986.

Irina Vassilievna, The Fourth Protocol, J. Arthur Rank, 1987.

Dolores, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Buena Vista, 1988.

Ev, 1969, Atlantic Entertainment Group, 1988.

Eileen Gallagher, The Package, Orion, 1989.

Jean, Where the Heart Is, Buena Vista, 1990.

Lorraine, May Wine (also known as Les belles americaines), Fox Home Video, 1991.

Rose Lindsey, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Warner Bros., 1991.

Erica Darby, All-American Murder, Prism Entertainment, 1992.

Erin Randall, Lonely Hearts, Live Home Video, 1992.

Lucy Matterson, Landslide, Republic, 1992.

The Ticket (short film), Jane Balfour Films, 1994.

Captain Dewey, Vampire in Brooklyn (also known as Wes Craven's "Vampire in Brooklyn"), Paramount, 1995.

Maggie McDermott, Chain Reaction, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Elenore Amerson, Loved, Imperial Entertainment, 1997.

First Lady Elaine Fields, Executive Power, Naegle-Derrick Productions, 1997.

Laura Venier, Dangerous Beauty (also known as A Destiny of Her Own and The Honest Courtesan), Warner Bros., 1998.

Moonglow, Latitude 20 Pictures, 2000.

Maryanne, The Right Temptation, Showcase Entertainment, 2000.

Jackie Potter, Anthrax, Eagle Pictures, 2001.

Dr. Arlene (some sources cite Darlene) Whitlock, Ghosts of Mars (also known as John Carpenter's "Ghost of Mars"), Screen Gems, 2001.

Mrs. McCarthy, Anderson's Cross, Illumination Pictures, 2004.

Love, Intermission (short film), 2004.

Professor Avebury, Witches of the Caribbean, Image Entertainment, 2005.

The Virgin of Juarez, Fabrication Films, 2005.

Lily Micelli, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Lions Gate Films, 2006.


Video Games:

Voice of Hecubah, Nox, Westwood Studios, 2000.

Voice of Maggie Sawyer, Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, Warner Bros., 2002.



Joanna Cassidy Official Site,, May 27, 2006.