Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Spotted: Joanna Cassidy

She launched her acting career back in 1968, and after four decades she's busier than ever, with new projects such as "Flying Lessons" and "For Sale by Owner." In 1980, though, she was the rather-luscious Sally Bullock, the not-to-be-dismissed wife of Ewing business associate Eugene Bullock on "Dallas." A couple years later, she was the "beauty and the beast" synthetic human (called a "Replicant") on the Harrison Ford sci-fi movie "Blade Runner."

Joanna Cassidy, who also voiced Maggie Sawyer on the "Superman" animated series of the '90s among so many other credits, portrays Thora in the 2019-based flick. When the Blade-Running Ford finally tracks her down at her "night job," she's all flesh and sparkles with a huge snake around her neck (a Burmese python that was actually the actress' pet at the time). She sees through his guise and quite promptly knocks him to the floor and escapes. As the chase scene ensues, Cassidy's character charges through a huge window, a scene that was reshot two decades later to patch up the obvious stunt-double face. (Cassidy was thrilled to still fit into the barely there outfit she wore, the IMDb says.)

The New Jersey-born Cassidy also appeared in the "Dukes of Hazzard" spinoff "Enos," and has had recurring roles on "Diagnosis: Murder," "Falcon Crest," "Melrose Place," "Six Feet Under," "Boston Legal" and many more.

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