Sheila is the neighborhood kook who suffers from agoraphobia, sexual kinkiness, and the demands of a neurotically clean house. But her orderly home and natural mothering instincts are attractive to many of the Gallaghers, despite her peculiarities.
Nominated four times for an Emmy® for her portrayal as Sheila Jackson, Joan Cusack has also been nominated twice for Academy Awards® for her roles in WORKING GIRL and IN AND OUT. A prominent Chicago stage actress, she has also starred Off Broadway in THE ROAD at Lincoln Center, and originated the role of Susannah De Luce in BRILLIANT TRACES at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York's West Village. She has garnered critical praise for her role as Jessie the Cowgirl in Toy Story's animated features and has a degree in English from The University of Wisconsin. Over her 35-year career, she has been in over 40 films. She is a mother of two teenage boys and has been married for 17 years to businessman Dick Burke. She was a cast member of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and most recently completed filming WELCOME TO ME, starring Kristen Wiig and Kitchen Sink, with BREAKING BAD cast member Bob Odenkirk. She is also the owner of Judy Maxwell Home, a boutique specializing in home décor and gifts in Chicago, where she currently lives.