Joanna Cassidy, a film and television actress, can simply be described as exceptional. The Scottish-Irish actress is not only known for her amazing acting skills but also her charismatic personality. The famed actress made her movie debut with the film The Laughing Policeman but her role as Zhora Salome in Blade Runner brought her to the limelight.
Joanna Cassidy’s other movie credits include Under Fire, Where the Heart Is, The Fourth Protocol, The Package, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Odd Mom Out, Ghosts of Mars and Vampire in Brooklyn. She also appeared on Six Feet Under – a TV series where she portrayed the character of Margaret Chenowith from 2001 to 2005. Joanna later joined the ABC series Body of Proof in the role of Joan Hunt from 2011 to 2013. The famed actress has equally bagged several prestigious awards and nominations for her work in entertainment.
Bio & Age
The actress was born as Joanna Virginia Caskey on the 2nd of August 1945 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, to Joe and Virginia Caskey. Joanna got the inspiration to become an artist from her mom and grandfather who were both accomplished artists. As a result, her formative years were filled with a plethora of work of arts. Her major focus as an artist was painting and sculpting
While at Syracuse University, Joanna Cassidy intended to develop her talent as an art major but her career path took a different route during her college days when she began modelling which eventually led to her acting career. She worked as a model for several years until 1974 when a call to a renowned casting director, Joyce Selznick, turned her life around. Joanna got a part in the film The Laughing Policeman which became the beginning of her journey to stardom as an actress. She persevered with hard work and dedication which is reflected in every role she plays. She had ample opportunity to showcase her natural talent with her roles in The Bank Shot, The Outfit and The Late Show.
Joanna Cassidy continually worked hard which led her to be featured in several television shows including The Devlin Connection, Trapper John, MD, Taxi and Dallas. Her relentless dedication soon yielded remarkable results including her garnering critical acclaim in 1983 for her portrayal of JoJo White in Buffalo Bill, which also earned her both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Her fan base increased with her continued success and she went on to bag several awards including winning the Jordi (which is considered the Spanish Oscar) for her role in Under Fire. Her role as Margaret Chenowith in Six Feet Under got her an Emmy nomination and she bagged two Genie Awards for best comedic performance by a female actor.
Joanna Cassidy also appeared in Hollywood Wives, Fathers Revenge and Live From Dead, effectively increasing her status in the entertainment industry.
Despite her busy schedule, Joanna Cassidy creates time to make beautiful artworks and indulge her passion for photography. When she’s not working, she loves to exercise and attend to her garden. Joanna is also involved with several charities and is presently working on a book which will add author to her many job titles.
Family: Children, Spouse, Siblings
Information about the actress’ siblings is limited but it is known that Joanna has a sister, Adele Casky, who she grew up alongside. Her sister now goes by Adele Hessler, having changed her last name after getting married.
Speaking of marriage, Joanna Cassidy’s only marriage started during her college years when she tied the nuptials with her then-boyfriend, Kennard C. Kobrin, a medical doctor. The two sweethearts got married in 1964 and their union lasted for almost 10 years. However, it eventually came to an end through a divorce which was finalized 1974.
Joanna’s marriage produced two children – a daughter named Naomi Kobrin who was born on the 18th of December 1964. Naomi soon became a sister to Daniel Kobrin, who was born on the 29th of December 1970.
Joanna Cassidy’s Net Worth
Though her annual income has never been published, Joanna Cassidy’s net worth has been pegged at a healthy $5 million. Her wealth is believed to have come majorly from her acting career; although her stint in modelling and commercials can take credit for a few digits of her net worth.