Joanna Cassidy bio, relationships, career, and more

Who is Joanna Cassidy?

Born on August 2, 1945, Joanna Cassidy is an American actress. She is a Golden Globe Award winner and a three-time Emmy Award nominee. Likewise, Cassidy has been nominated for a Saturn Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

Joanna Cassidy
Joanna Cassidy Biography

Quick facts

Full nameJoanna Virginia Caskey
Known asJoanna Cassidy
BirthdayAugust 2, 1945
Age78 years old
Sun signLeo
Place of birthHaddonfield, New Jersey, United States
EducationHaddonfield Memorial High School

Early life, upbringing, and education

Joanna Cassidy was born on August 2, 1945, in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Her full name is Joanna Virginia Caskey. 

Her mother’s name is Virginia Caskey, and her father is Joe Caskey. When it comes to her education, Joanna studied at the Haddonfield Memorial High School in New Jersey. The actress described herself as being a “rowdy kid” growing up.

Joanna was known for her howling laughter since her high school days. In fact, her loud and infectious laughter has been captured in films such as The Laughing Policeman and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where Cassidy appeared. 

After finishing her high school education, Cassidy enrolled at Syracuse University. An Art major, Cassidy gained work as a model and fell in love with a resident doctor named Kennard C. Kobrin. 

Relationships and dating history

In 1964, Joanna Cassidy married Kennard C. Kobrin, a doctor in residency whom she met during her time at Syracuse University. After their marriage, Kobrin and Cassidy relocated to San Francisco, where Kobrin began working as a psychiatrist. On the other hand, Cassidy was working as a fashion model and was pursuing a career in acting. After 10 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1974. 


While Cassidy was working as a fashion model at Syracuse University, she landed a small part in the American crime action-thriller film Bullitt in 1968. Eventually, she made her debut in the 1973 film The Outfit. Cassidy made brief appearances in TV shows such as  Mission: Impossible, Starsky & Hutch, and Taxi. 

Likewise, she first co-starred in the film Our Winning Season in 1978. Cassidy was also a series regular in the action-adventure 240-Robert as Morgan Wainwright. Her performance in the sitcom Buffalo Bill earned her a Golden Globe Award. In 1982, Cassidy played the role of a replicant snake performer in Blade Runner. 

In 2000, Joanna Cassidy played the role of Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. Her fantastic performance was widely appreciated by fans and critics alike, and Cassidy even received an Emmy Award nomination. From 2008 to 2009, Cassidy had guest appearances in Ghost Whisperer, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: UK, and Hawthorne. The legendary actress was honored with an award at the Oldenburg International Film Fiesta.

In 2019, Cassidy was cast in the  Amazon Prime miniseries Too Old to Die Young. Additionally, she appeared in a  recurring role on NCIS: New Orleans. Apart from this, Cassidy is known for her performances in many other movies such as Under Fire, The Fourth Protocol, The Package, Where the Heart Is, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, and Ghosts of Mars.


1973The OutfitRita Mailer
1973The Laughing PolicemanMonica
1974Bank ShotEleonora
1975The Cursed MedallionJoanna Morgan
1976Stay HungryZoe Miller
1977American RaspberryLisa Allen
1977The Late ShowLaura Birdwell
1977StuntsPatti Johnson
1978Our Winning SeasonSheila
1979The GloveSheila Michaels
1980Night GamesJulie Miller
1982Blade RunnerZhora Salome
1983Under FireClaire
1984Invitation to HellPatricia “Pat” Winslow
1986Club ParadiseTerry Hamlin
1987The Fourth ProtocolIrina Vassilievna
1988Who Framed Roger RabbitDolores
19881969Ev Karr
1989The PackageEileen Gallagher
1990Where the Heart IsJean McBain
1991Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s DeadRose Lindsey
1991Lonely HeartsErin Randall
1991All-American MurderErica Darby
1992LandslideLucy Matterson
1995Vampire in BrooklynCaptain Dewey
1996Chain ReactionMaggie McDermott
1997LovedElenore Amerson
1997Executive PowerElaine Fields – First Lady
1998Dangerous BeautyLaura Venier
2000The Right TemptationMaryanne
2001Ghosts of MarsWhitlock
2001AnthraxJackie Potter
2005Witches of the CaribbeanProfessor Avebury
2006The Virgin of JuarezEve
2006Larry the Cable Guy: Health InspectorLily Micelli
2006The Grudge 2Mrs. Davis
2007Kiss the BrideEvelyn Golski
2008The American StandardsAnn Jennings
2008The Human ContractRose
2009StolenLea Adkins
2009For Sale by OwnerLinda Flannery
2010Flying LessonsTotty Kuspert
2010Anderson’s CrossMrs. McCarthy
2012What Might Have Been: Snake DanceZhora Salome
2013ZugzwangNancy Williams
2013Heaven’s DoorRuth Christensen
2014Night VetKelly
2015Too LateEleanor Mahler
2020My True FairytaleSylvia Goodwin


1972Mission: ImpossibleModel
1973Mission: ImpossibleStewardess
1976McCoyUnnamed role
1978The Roller GirlsSelma “Books” Cassidy
1978Starsky & HutchHarry / Monique
1979The Love BoatJoan Horner
1979KazUnnamed role
1979-1980240-RobertDeputy Morgan Wainwright
1980DallasSally Bullock
1980Trapper John, M.D.Dr. Carson Whitaker
1980ReunionPeggy Sager
1981Trapper John, M.D.Maggie Holtz
1981Charlie’s AngelsStacy
1981EnosUnnamed role
1981Hart to HartBelle
1981FloBilly June
1982Strike ForceEve Murphy
1982The Love BoatDr. Lisa Lessing
1982Lou GrantBarbara Costigan
1982Falcon CrestKatherine Demery
1983The Family TreeElizabeth Nichols
1983Fantasy IslandChristine Donovan
1983-1984Buffalo BillJo Jo White
1985Code Name: FoxfireElizabeth “Foxfire” Towne
1985Hollywood WivesMarilee Gray
1986PleasuresLillian Benton
1986The Children of Times SquareSue Roberts
1988Nightmare at BittercreekAllison Shapiro
1990A Girl of the LimberlostGene Stratton-Porter
1990Wheels of TerrorLaura
1992Northern ExposureSolvang Planey
1992The Ray Bradbury TheaterLavinia
1992Live! From Death RowAlana Powers
1992Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer StoryGeneva Overholser
1993Barbarians at the GateLinda Robinson
1993The TommyknockersSheriff Ruth Merrill
1993DudleyLaraine Bristol
1993CBS Schoolbreak SpecialLinda Jurgenson
1993-1994L.A. LawJudge Carolyn Walker
1994Burke’s LawLiz Charles
1994Murder, She WroteWillie Greenwood
1994Hotel MalibuEleanor “Ellie” Mayfield
1995Eye of the StalkerJudge Martha Knowlton
1997Melrose PlaceKate Reilly
1997The Second Civil WarHelena Newman
1997-1998Superman: The Animated SeriesMaggie Sawyer (voice)
1998Rude AwakeningColleen Woods
1998The HungerGrace Wallace
1998Circle of DeceitElaine Greer
1999Twice in a LifetimeChristine Esposito
1999-2000Diagnosis: MurderMadison Wesley
2000Rude AwakeningColleen Woods
2001PhillyMarian Marshall
2001-2002The DistrictTeddy Reed
2001-2005Six Feet UnderMargaret Chenowith
2003Less Than PerfectNorma
2003Hidden HillsCarol
2003EverwoodEvelyn Rowser
2004Star Trek: EnterpriseT’Les
2005The Reading RoomDiana Weston
2006Boston LegalBeverly Bridge
2007HeroesVictoria Pratt
2008In Plain SightDeandra Bevins
2008Ghost WhispererFaith Clancy
2008Criminal MindsMrs. Holden
2009Desperate HousewivesMelina Cominis
2009HawthorneAmanda Hawthorne
2010Notes from the UnderbellyKay
2010-2012Call Me FitzElaine Fitzpatrick
2011-2013Body of ProofJoan Hunt
2012Franklin & BashCaptain Gina Vaughn
2013BonesMarianne Booth
2013Living the DreamClaire
2015-2017Odd Mom OutCandace Von Weber
2016The Odd CoupleJudy
2016Lady DynamiteBarbara
2016MotiveNatalie Rodman
2018Life in PiecesCharlotte Collins
2019The Cool KidsJoanie
2019Too Old to Die YoungEloise
2019-2020NCIS: New OrleansMena Pride
2021YoungerJudith Clarke


Title (Years)CategoryStatus
Canadian Screen Awards, CA (2015)Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Call Me Fitz (2010)
Episode: “Call Me Fitz: Alice Doesn’t Live Here, Anymore (2013)”
Oldenburg Film Festival (2015)Tribute (German Independence Honorary Award)Winner
Oldenburg Film Festival (2015)Walk of Fame (Star of Excellence)Winner
Canadian Screen Awards, CA (2013)Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Call Me Fitz (2010)
For the episode “Heir of the Dog”.
The Streamy Awards (2010)Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series
Sex Ed (2009)
Gemini Awards (2011)Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Call Me Fitz (2010)
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)Actor Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Six Feet Under (2001)
Primetime Emmy Awards (2006)Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Six Feet Under (2001)
For playing “Margaret Chenowith”.
Daytime Emmy Awards (1994)Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
For the episode “Other Mothers”.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (1990)Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)NominatedPrimetime Emmy Awards (1984)Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Buffalo Bill (1983)
For playing “Jo Jo White”.
Golden Globes, USA (1984)Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Buffalo Bill (1983)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA (1984)Best Actress
Under Fire (1983)
Sant Jordi Awards (1984)Best Foreign Actress
Under Fire (1983)

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