Born in Montreal, Joanne began performing at the early age of three when she started dancing lessons. Her first "big break" came when the little girl in a show her sister was acting in became sick, and Joanne gleefully volunteered to take her place. She went on to eventually join a troupe for young people, doing theater in Montreal. Even at 10 years old, she was socially conscious, joining the march during the First International Year of the Child.
Location: Montreal, Quebec
At 14, she left home and headed for Toronto. Less than a year later she was
on stage in Brad Fraser's play Wolfboy,
also starring Keanu Reeves. When she was 17, she wrote and directed the play
"Just Me," which was performed at the Montreal Film Festival. In 1987, she
starred in Wonderworks' "Taking Care
of Terrific", which won the New York International Film and Television
Festival Silver Medal. Later that same year she became a regular in the
television series "9B", for which she was nominated
for the Gemini Award (Canada's Emmy equivalent) for Best Performance by a Lead
Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role in 1989. Her momentum continued when she
won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special in 1990 for
her role as the lead in "Maggie's Secret",
a CBS Schoolbreak Special. She made her theatrical debut in 1993 with the release
of another story by Brad Fraser, "Love &
Human Remains". Nominated for five Genie Awards (Canada's Oscar equivalent),
including Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Joanne, it
won Best Adapted Screenplay, and was presented as a gala in the 1993 Toronto
Festival of Festivals.
Throughout her career, Joanne has guest starred in numerous television series,
including "Night Heat",
"Street Legal", "Men",
"Kung Fu: The Legend Continues",
a recurring role in "My Secret Identity",
and as a regular during the fourth and final season (1999-2000) of the
"Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal".
She has also starred in many television movies, among them
"Betrayal of Silence",
(which also starred Nigel Bennett, a "Psi Factor" alumni of earlier seasons),
"No Blame" and
"To Save the Children"
(both also starred "Psi Factor" costar Barclay Hope),
"Common Ground", and
"What Makes a Family".
Her theatrical releases include "Iron Eagle IV"
and "Stardom". Most recently, she has had guest appearences
on episodes of "Relic Hunter" and
"Mutant X", and continues to provide voice talent
for several animated series, including "My Dad the Rock Star".
In addition, she continues to do charity work, including MPICA's
"Lights! Camera! Auction!" charity auction events
(1999 and 2001). She is also working to put together a non-profit organization,
called 'Youth Out Loud', which brings together her love of stage and helping underprivileged children.
Joanne currently makes her home in Toronto.
To be continued...