Joanna Cassidy is an award-winning actress with an abundance of talent and known for her easy, intoxicating laugh.

As a seasoned actress, she has been making strong impressions in the world of film and television. Few have accomplished what this tall, gorgeous, Scottish-Irish siren has in both mediums. And few have been challenged with the diversity of roles. For a woman who envisioned a career in science and art, she has certainly embraced the twists of fate that have come so naturally for her.

Joanna has created a successful career in film and television with uncommon ease.

She’s a woman who defies categorization. Her credits speak of multi-dimensional combinations of subtle nuances and bold characterizations. The roles Joanna has played have taken her around the globe, creating a breadth of diversity, as well as unique life experiences.

Joanna Cassidy is an award-winning actress with an abundance of talent, known for her easy, intoxicating laugh.  As a seasoned actress, few have accomplished what this tall, gorgeous, Scottish-Irish siren has in both film and television.  Her credits are a combination of subtle nuances and bold characters.  The roles Joanna has played have taken her around the globe, creating a breadth of diversity as well as providing unique life experiences.

For a woman who envisioned a career in science and art, she has certainly embraced the twists of fate that have transformed her life.  Born in Haddonfield, New Jersey, Joanna grew up in an artistic environment, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandfather, both artists.  At an early age she was encouraged to develop her talents in painting and sculpture as an art major at Syracuse University in New York.

While in college, Joanna married a doctor in residency and with her modeling jobs helped fund his internship.  The couple moved to San Francisco where her husband set up a psychiatric practice and Joanna’s modeling career took off.  Joanna gave little or no thought to acting while she was married.  “Acting was not an option because quite honestly I never even gave it a thought even though there were theater and comedy venues nearby.  At the time I was more into music and taking care of my children and home. I knew very little about life having been raised in a small town USA, and modeling was fast and furious.  Not to mention I had not had one class in the technique of acting and standing in front of a still camera was an on the spot learning experience, just the setting was different.”

After her marriage ended, in a brave and bold move Joanna decided to take a chance and move to Los Angeles.  Somewhat naïve to the industry process Joanna phoned famed casting director Joyce Selznick and asked to audition for a role in “The Laughing Policeman.”  Joanna was cast and her career was off and running.  Joanna went on to star in “The Outfit,” followed by a comedic role in “The Bank Shot,” and then “The Late Show.”

Adding to her already impressive list of film credits, Joanna guest-starred in TV shows including “Dallas,” “Trapper John, MD,” “Taxi,” and “The Devlin Connection.”  Stepping into new “shoes” she guest-starred as a psycho transvestite in “Starsky & Hutch.”  She landed a recurring role on “Falcon Crest” and then starred as a series regular in “240 Robert” and “Roller Girls.”  She also had recurring roles in “Diagnosis Murder,” “The District,” “Bones” and “Boston Legal.”

In 1983 Joanna not only won critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination but also the coveted Golden Globe for her role as JoJo White in the NBC series “Buffalo Bill” with Dabney Coleman.  Critics called the show “brilliant” and said that it was “a rare view into the often overpowering fatuousness and insincerity that sometimes dominates the television industry.”

Joanna’s cult fan base is sustained by her most memorable and classic role as Zhora, the exotic snake dancer replicant in “Blade Runner.”  Joanna also drew rave reviews, a National Society of Film Critics Award, and a Jordi (the Spanish Oscar) for her passionate portrayal of a radio journalist in 1983’s controversial political thriller about the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution, “Under Fire.” 

Demonstrating her athletic prowess, Joanna performed her own stunts in the film, “Stunts.”  Calling on her artistic skills, Joanna’s drawing of director Frederick Forsythe was auctioned off for charity at the premiere of “The Fourth Protocol” in Ireland.

No one will forget Joanna in her role as Dolores opposite the affable Bob Hoskins in the groundbreaking live-action and animated film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

Joanna has starred in many television mini-series and movies including “Hollywood Wives,” the Emmy award-winning, “Barbarians at the Gate,” “Live from Death Row,” “A Father’s Revenge,” “Sleep Baby Sleep,” the highly-rated “The Rockford Files:  I Still Love L.A.” and “Martha Inc.:  The Story of Martha Stewart.” 

One of the most memorable co-starring roles was in the unique HBO series, “Six Feet Under.”  Joanna received an Emmy nomination for her role as Margaret Chenowith, the provocative psychiatrist and mother of troubled Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) and Billy (Jeremy Sisto).  Joanna played the role of Dana Delaney’s mother and savvy judge in “Body of Proof.”  She received two Genies, Canada’s equivalent to the Oscar and Emmy, for best comedic performance by an actress in a series for her role opposite Jason Priestly in “Call Me Fitz.”

Joanna’s recent work in TV and films includes “Too Late” with John Hawkes, “Visions” with Isla Fisher and Eva Longoria, “Perception” with Eric McCormack, and Joanna will be starting her third season of “Odd Mom Out.”

Outside of her demanding work schedule, Joanna remains involved with the visual arts, painting, sculpting and collecting.  Over the years, Joanna has become an avid photographer.  Transforming her talent in the visual arts, Joanna creates art, beauty and serenity for others with her new love of interior design.  She loves to garden, and gets in her workouts taking barre and pilates classes.  Much of Joanna’s charity work is with organizations that serve the needs of children, the elderly, and animals.  She is currently working on her first book, her memoirs.

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November 21, 2019

The Enduring Cultural Impact Of Blade Runner, From 1982 To November 2019

In honor of the film’s cultural impact and that fated November 2019 date, FilmWeek hosted a screening of “Blade Runner” at the Ace Hotel on November 2nd, followed by a Q&A with our host, Larry Mantle, actress Joanna Cassidy and FilmWeek critic Wade Major.


Click To View Her Acceptance Speech and Video

Joanna Cassidy (born August 2, 1945) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as the replicant Zhora Salome in Ridley Scott‘s film Blade Runner (1982) and Dolores in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). She has won a Golden Globe Award, was nominated for three Emmy Awards and also was nominated for a Saturn Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.



Most Recent Work

The L Word
Leverage: Redemption
NCIS New Orleans

Too Old to Die Young
My True Fairytale
Tacoma FD
The Cool Kids
Life in Pieces

Confess (TV Series) – Beverly (4 episodes), 2017
Odd Mom Out (TV Series) – Candace Von Weber (20 episodes), 2015–2017
Motive (TV Series) – Natalie Rodman (2 episodes), 2016
Lady Dynamite (TV Series) – Barbara (1 episode), 2016
The Odd Couple (TV Series) – Judy (1 episode), 2016
Spazz in General (TV Series) – Dolores (archive footage) (1 episode), 2016
A Mother Betrayed (TV Movie) – Barbara, 2015
Married (TV Series) – Sharon (1 episode), 2015
Switched at Birth (TV Series) – Lucille (1 episode), 2015
Too Late – Eleanor Mahler, 2015
Visions – Helena, 2015
Perception (TV Series) – Ruby (1 episode), 2014
The Nostalgia Critic (TV Series) – Dolores (1 episode), 2014
Zugzwang (Short) – Nancy Williams, 2014
Night Vet (Short) – Kelly, 2014
The Package: Interview with Joanna Cassidy (Video) – Herself, 2014
The Sleepy Man (Short) – Lieutenant, 2013
Heaven’s Door – Ruth Christensen, 2013
Bones (TV Series) – Marianne Booth (2 episodes), 2013
Living the Dream (TV Movie) – Claire, 2013
Celebrity Ghost Stories (TV Series) – Herself (1 episode), 2013
Body of Proof (TV Series) – Joan Hunt (14 episodes), 2011–2013
Call Me Fitz (TV Series) – Elaine Fitzpatrick (18 episodes), 2010–2013
Sex Ed (TV Series) – Actress (6 episodes), 2012
Franklin & Bash (TV Series) – Captain Gina Vaughn (1 episode), 2012
Carjacked – Betty, 2011
Anderson’s Cross – Mrs. McCarthy, 2010
Notes from the Underbelly (TV Series) – Kay (1 episode), 2010
Flying Lessons – Totty Kuspert, 2010
Hawthorne (TV Series) – Amanda Hawthorne (4 episodes), 2009
Desperate Housewives (TV Series) – Melina Cominis (1 episode), 2009
Stay Cool – Mrs. Smith, 2009
For Sale by Owner – Linda Flannery, 2009
Stolen – Lea Adkins, 2009
The Human Contract – Rose, 2008
The American Standards – Ann Jennings, 2008
Criminal Minds (TV Series) – Mrs. Holden (1 episode), 2008
Ghost Whisperer (TV Series) – Faith Clancy (1 episode), 2008
In Plain Sight (TV Series) – Deandra Bevins (1 episode), 2008
Heroes Unmasked (TV Series) – Victoria Pratt (archive footage) (1 episode), 2008
Heroes (TV Series) – Victoria Pratt (2 episodes), 2007
Kiss the Bride – Evelyn, 2007
The Grudge 2 – Mrs. Davis, 2006
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector –Lily Micelli, 2006
Boston Legal (TV Series) – Beverly Bridge (5 episodes), 2006
The Virgin of Juarez – Eve, 2006
Witches of the Caribbean (Video) – Professor Avebury, 2005
The Reading Room (TV Movie) – Diana, 2005
Clubhouse (TV Series) – Mrs. Dean (1 episode), 2005
Found (TV Movie) – Ellen Drake, 2005
Six Feet Under (TV Series) – Margaret Chenowith (21 episodes), 2001–2005
Enterprise (TV Series) – T’Les (2 episodes) 2004
Good Morning, Miami (TV Series) – Gavin’s Mother (1 episode) 2004
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime (TV Movie) – Margaret Chenowith – Six Feet Under (archive footage), 2004
Intermission (Short) – Love, 2004
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (TV Movie) – Caroline Kass, 2003
Everwood (TV Series) – Evelyn Rowser (1 episode), 2003
Hidden Hills (TV Series) – Carol (1 episode), 2003
Less Than Perfect (TV Series) – Norma (1 episode), 2003
Wildfire 7: The Inferno (TV Movie) –Superintendant McLean, 2002
The District (TV Series) – Teddy Reed (3 episodes), 2001–2002
Anthrax – Jackie Potter, 2001
Ghosts of Mars – Whitlock, 2001
Philly (TV Series) – Marian Marshall (1 episode), 2001
Men in Black: The Series (TV Series) – Actress (2 episodes), 2001
Three Sisters (TV Series) – Barbara (1 episode), 2001
Hollywood Off-Ramp (TV Series) – Claire (1 episode), 2000
D.C. (TV Series) – Lewis’s Boss (1 episode), 2000
The Right Temptation – Maryanne, 2000
Moonglow – Ginny, 2000
Nox (Video Game) – Hecubah (voice), 2000
Diagnosis Murder (TV Series) – Madison Wesley (8 episodes), 1999–2000
Rude Awakening (TV Series) – Colleen Woods (2 episodes), 1998–2000
Twice in a Lifetime (TV Series) – Meg McCleary / Christine Esposito (1 episode), 1999
To Serve and Protect (TV Mini-series) – Helen Carr (2 episodes), 1999
Tribe (TV Mini-series) – Gina Brava (4 episodes), 1999
Dangerous Beauty – Laura Venier, 1998
The Hunger (TV Series) – Grace Wallace (1 episode), 1998
Circle of Deceit (TV Movie) – Elaine Greer, 1998
Superman (TV Series) – Maggie Sawyer (9 episodes), 1997–1998
Executive Power (Video) – Elaine Fields – First Lady, 1997
Loved – Elenore Amerson, 1997
Melrose Place (TV Series) – Kate Reilly (3 episodes), 1997
The Second Civil War (TV Movie) – Helena Newman, 1997
Chain Reaction – Maggie McDermott, 1996
Alchemy (TV Movie) – Herself – Narrator, 1996
Eye of the Stalker (TV Movie) – Judge Martha Knowlton, 1995
Ned and Stacey (TV Series) – Lucy Binder (1 episode), 1995
Sleep, Baby, Sleep (TV Movie) – Hannah Pierson, 1995
Vampire in Brooklyn – Capt. Dewey, 1995
The Ticket (Short) – Woman, 1995
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (TV Movie) – Kit, 1994
Hotel Malibu (TV Series) – Eleanor Mayfield / Eleanor “Ellie” Mayfield (6 episodes), 1994
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) – Willie Greenwood (1 episode), 1994
Burke’s Law (TV Series) – Liz Charles (1 episode), 1994
L.A. Law (TV Series) – Judge Carolyn Walker (3 episodes), 1993–1994
The Tommyknockers (TV Series) – Sheriff Ruth Merrill (2 episodes), 1993
Barbarians at the Gate (TV Movie) – Linda Robinson, 1993
CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series) – Linda Jurgenson (1 episode), 1993
Dudley (TV Series) – Laraine Bristol (5 episodes), 1993
Perfect Family (TV Movie) – Janice, 1992
The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series) – Lavinia (1 episode), 1992
Live! From Death Row (TV Movie) – Alana Powers, 1992
Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (TV Movie) – Geneva Overholser, 1992
Northern Exposure (TV Series) – Solvang Planey (1 episode), 1992
Grass Roots (TV Movie) – Ann Heath, 1992
Landslide – Lucy Matterson, 1992
Lonely Hearts – Erin Randall, 1991
All-American Murder (Video) – Erica Darby, 1991
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead –Rose Lindsey, 1991
Where the Heart Is – Jean, 1990
May Wine (TV Movie) – Lorraine, 1990
Wheels of Terror (TV Movie) – Laura, 1990
Bar Girls (TV Movie) – Claudia Reese, 1990
A Girl of the Limberlost (TV Movie) – Gene Stratton-Porter, 1990
The Package – Eileen Gallagher, 1989
1969 – Ev, 1988
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Dolores, 1988
Nightmare at Bittercreek (TV Movie) – Allison Shapiro, 1988
A Father’s Revenge (TV Movie) – Barbara Hobart, 1988
The Fourth Protocol – Irina Vassilievna, 1987
Club Paradise – Terry Hamlin, 1986
Pleasures (TV Movie) – Lillian Benton, 1986
The Children of Times Square (TV Movie) –Sue Roberts, 1986
Code Name: Foxfire (TV Series) – Elizabeth ‘Foxfire’ Towne / Elizabeth Thorne (3 episodes), 1985
Hollywood Wives (TV Mini-series) – Marilee Gray (3 episodes), 1985
Invitation to Hell (TV Movie) – Patricia ‘Pat’ Winslow, 1984
Buffalo Bill (TV Series) – Jo Jo White (26 episodes), 1983–1984
Under Fire – Claire, 1983
Fantasy Island (TV Series) – Christine Donovan (1 episode), 1983
The Family Tree (TV Series) – Elizabeth Nichols (3 episodes), 1983
Blade Runner – Zhora, 1982
Falcon Crest (TV Series) – Katherine Demery (5 episodes), 1982
The Devlin Connection (TV Series) – Slats (1 episode), 1982
Lou Grant (TV Series) – Barbara Costigan (1 episode), 1982
Strike Force (TV Series) – Eve Murphy (1 episode), 1982
The Love Boat (TV Series) – Dr. Lisa Lessing – Psychiatrist / Joan Horner (2 episodes), 1979–1982
Flo (TV Series) – Billy June (1 episode), 1981
Hart to Hart (TV Series) – Belle (1 episode), 1981
Enos (TV Series) – Actress (1 episode), 1981
Charlie’s Angels (TV Series) – Stacy (1 episode), 1981
Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series) – Maggie Holtz / Dr. Carson Whitaker (2 episodes), 1980–1981
Night Games – Julie Miller, 1980
Dallas (TV Series) – Sally Bullock (2 episodes), 1980
Reunion (TV Movie) – Peggy Sager, 1980
Insight (TV Series) – Lucy (1 episode), 1980
Hagen (TV Series) – Eve (1 episode), 1980
She’s Dressed to Kill (TV Movie) – Camille Bentancourt, 1979
240-Robert (TV Series) – Deputy Morgan Wainwright (13 episodes), 1979
The Glove – Sheila Michaels, 1979
Our Winning Season – Sheila, 1978
Starsky and Hutch (TV Series) – Monique / Harry (1 episode), 1978
Taxi (TV Series) – Beverly (1 episode), 1978
The Roller Girls (TV Series) – Selma ‘Books’ Cassidy (4 episodes), 1978
Stunts – Patti Johnson, 1977
The Late Show – Laura Birdwell, 1977
Prime Time – Lisa Allen, 1977
Stay Hungry – Zoe, 1976
McCoy (TV Series) – Actress (1 episode), 1976
The Night Child – Joanna Morgan, 1975
Bank Shot – Eleonora, 1974
The Laughing Policeman – Monica, 1973
The Outfit – Rita Mailer, 1973
Mission: Impossible (TV Series) – Stewardess / Model (2 episodes), 1972
Fools – Minor Role (uncredited), 1970
Bullitt – Party Guest (uncredited), 1968


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