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Joanna Cassidy Biography

Birth Name:
Joanne Virginia Caskey
Birth Place:
Camden, New Jersey, United States
Actor, voice artist

Fast Facts

  • Appeared in a 1973 Smokey the Bear public-service announcement
  • Cold-called casting director Joyce Selznick in 1973 and got a reading for a film that turned out to be The Laughing Policeman; she got the part
  • Was set to star in 1975's The Stepford Wives, but was replaced by Paula Prentiss after two weeks of shooting
  • Had the title role in the 1975 TV-adventure Wonder Woman until director Jack Arnold insisted on handing the part to Lynda Carter
  • Voiced Insp
  • Maggie Sawyer in the WB's Superman: The Animated Series and the 2002 video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips
  • For the 2007 25th anniversary re-release of Blade Runner: Final Cut, her head was digitally transposed onto that of a stunt performer who had shot the scenes in the original
  • Thirty years after the release of Blade Runner, she teamed with producer-director Tamela D'Amico to shoot a scene of her replicant character Zhora doing an exotic dance with a snake
  • The scene had originally been choreographed and rehearsed for the 1982 sci-fi film, but was never shot
  • An animal activist, she supports Last Chance for Animals


  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner


  • Naomi Kobrin -- Daughter
  • Kennard C. Kobrin -- Ex-husband
  • Joseph A. Caskey -- Father
  • Virginia Caskey -- Mother
  • Adele Hessler -- Sister
  • Daniel Kobrin -- Son