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Quirky and charmingly offbeat, Joan Cusack is just as revered in many circles as her younger brother, John. That's because she's sweet but not saccharine, funny but not corny, wacky but not outrageously so; inadvertently, she steals the show no matter how small or big the role.

Her first foray into movies was in 1980's My Bodyguard; a few years later, she co-starred with John in Class. Between 1985 and 1986, she paid her comedy dues and honed her skills on "Saturday Night Live." Soon after, she snagged a few roles in high-profile, Oscar-winning films such as Broadcast News and Working Girl (in which she sported laughably big hair) and reunited with her brother in the smash hit Say Anything.

But it wasn't until she played the clueless fiancée in 1997's In & Out that she finally reached the apex of her career. She has since starred in Toy Story 2, School of Rock and Raising Helen.

Joan Cusack in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2012 PG-13

In this engaging coming-of-age tale based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, a shy freshman struggling with depression deals with his best friend's suicide and his first love -- and finds help from two seniors who take an interest in him.

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