Joan Cusack was born on October 11, 1972. She was born in New York, but raised up in Evanston, Illinois. Her father, Dick Cusack, started his career in a different way, but eventually, he gave into the profession of actor, and her mother, Ann Paula, was a Mathematics teacher. Joan’s siblings, Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack, and Bill Cusack, are also into acting. She is an Irish American, as well as a Catholic.

Joan’s thirst of learning and creativity led her into becoming a theater artist. Her path of education in acting began from The Ark and Story Theater. She went to Piven Theater Workshop as a child, and she graduated with a Bachelor of English from the Wisconsin University of Madison.

The movies she acted in are, ‘Cutting Loose’ (1980), ‘My Bodyguard’ (1980), ‘Class’ (1983), ‘Sixteen Candles’ (1984), ‘Grandview, USA’ (1984), ‘The Allnighter’ (1987) and many more. She voiced for some animation movies like, ‘Chicken Little’ as Abby Mallard (2005), and the ‘Toy Story’ series as Jessie (1999 and 2010). Her movie, ‘In & Out’, won her the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in Motion Picture, BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress, BFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Award, and STFC Award for the same. She and her brother, John Cusack, have produced 10 movies together from the period of 1984 to 2008.

In terms of television series, she acted in ‘ Saturday Night Live’ (1985-1986). This gave her a break in her career, because she did it during her leave from graduation. It was her first series. ‘Shameless’ (2011-2015) won ‘Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’, and was nominated for the same, twice, in the years of 2011-2013 and on 2014. Joan Cusack was married to Richard Burke, president and CEO of VISANOW Global Immigration since 1993, and they have two children together, Dylan John and Miles Cusack.

Joan Chandler English Actress

Joan Chandler

Joan Chandler, an actress, was born on August 24, 1923, in Pennsylvania. Joan lived on McKean street across from the library. Miss Chandler was a vibrant lady. She had a few movies and some television series to live her name through, as she is no more. She started her career in the role of ‘Juvenile’ in a play on Broadway called, ‘The Late George Apley’, in 1944. Just like her sister, she was good at singing and at dancing. So her profession started to rank up, and she performed on screen, as well as TV series. ‘Humoresque’ (1946), directed by Jean Negulesco, and ‘Rope’ (1948), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, are the movies which brought her huge recognition. In the 1950’s, she was very much appreciated by the critics for her humor sense in, ‘My Three Angels’, as ‘Miranda.’ In the Shakespeare Festival, she performed in the story of ‘The Tempest’, and she was appreciated for that. Her performance was once telecasted on air through radio. A drama named ‘Theater Guild of the Air’, was a radio based drama. This was then a different approach, which is now what we are familiarized with as comic radio strips. Some of the plays are: ‘The Disenchanted’ (1959), in this theater performance she appeared as the replacement for an actress; ‘The Lady from the Sea’ (1955); and ‘Where’s Charley?’ (1950). As she was blacklisted from HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), for resembling another artist, Diana Lynn, Joan was suffering to get her career back from this story. She tried by keeping her schedule busy, but she couldn’t, so she gave up her profession in the year of 1962. Then, she gave a guest appearance on a TV series and in some movies. In between, her married life with David McKay and Dr. Charles C. Hogan was not the way she expected, and so she divorced both of them. Since she had cancer, Joan Chandler passed away on 11th May, 1979.


Joan Fontaine

Joan De Beauvoir De Havilland was later known as Joan Fontaine. She was born on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo. Walter Augustus De Havilland, her father, was an English Professor and served at the Imperial University, Tokyo. Mrs. Lillian Augustus, her mother, took drama classes in London and became a stage Actress. Later she gave up acting and became a wife and a mother for two daughters. Joan Fontaine had an elder sister named Olivia De Havilland. Since their parents were divorced, Joan’s name had her mother’s family name tagged along, which then was changed to ‘Joan Fontaine’. When Miss. Fontaine was diagnosed with Anemia with Streptococcal infection her mother sent her elder sister to States. After some gap, they settled in California. It showed dramatic improvement on Joan’s health. Joan educated her high school from Los Gatos High School, and she learned diction with her elder sister. She lived with her father for some time and then she graduated on 1935. Joan Fontaine, beginning her acting by giving a stage debut, ‘Call It a Day’ (1935) by the West Cost Productions. It was her direct ticket to sign the contract with RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum), which was drama through radio. It was titled as ‘No More Ladies’ (1935) where she did a small role. As the contract continued, she did ‘A Million To One’ and ‘Quality Street’ in the year of 1937. However, the contract could not be renewed. After some tough moments, Fontaine was auditioned for ‘Rebecca’ (1940) which was a novel to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She passed the test and made it to screens. For this movie, she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for ‘Academy Award’ and ‘NYFCC Award’, but she did not get them. ‘Suspicion’ (1941), directed by the same director won her the awards that she missed last year. Again for ‘The Constant Nymph’ (1943), she was nominated for ‘Academy Award’ but did not earn them. Her works include, ‘Born to be Bad’ (1950), ‘Darling, How Could You’ (1951). ‘Ivanhoe’ (1952), ‘Flight to Tangler’ (1952), ‘Island In the Sun’ (1957), ‘A Certain Smile’ (1958), and much more.  Fontaine was married four times, but she lived with none. She had a biological child of William Dozier, who was her third husband and had a daughter named Deborah Leslie. After her fourth divorce, she adopted a child of a caretaker, Martita, a Peruvian girl. Joan promised to their parents that when she turned sixteen, she will send her back here, but Martita refused and ran away from them. This incident collapsed her; she decided to take a break from acting. So she retired and left to her estate. Joan Fontaine’s autobiography titled as ‘No Bed of Roses’ was released at 1978. She breathed her last minutes on December 15, 2013. Obituary report says that it was a natural death. Her sister Olivia Havilland was sad and upset when she heard about her sister’s cremation.

Joan Fontaine English Actress