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Joanna Cassidy’s Memorable Silver Screen Moments

The ‘Odd Mom Out’ actress shined in 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead' and more.

By Pat Cauley

Every Thursday, celebrate #TBT with us as we open the vault to share photos and videos of Bravolebrities before they were famous--or revisit memorable moments from our shows. This week, in honor of the upcoming premiere of Bravo’s new scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out, we’re throwing it back to some of Joanna Cassidy’s noteworthy roles over the years.

When Odd Mom Out premieres on Bravo this June, one face many viewers are sure to recognize is that of Joanna Cassidy. The Golden Globe award-winning actress has appeared in everything from Who Framed Roger Rabbit to Six Feet Under. However, one of her most memorable roles was when she played Christina Applegate’s boss, Rose Lindsey, in the 1991 cult comedy, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.

In the film, in order to keep her mother away for the summer and her siblings at bay after their babysitter passes away unexpectedly, Christina Applegate’s character, Sue Ellen, fudged her resume to land a job with Rose. Joanna’s over-the-top depiction of Rose was unforgettable and even quotable in some social circles.

Throughout the film, just when you thought Sue Ellen was is in over her head with Rose, she always managed to somehow keep her head above water.

“I’m right on top of that, Rose,” indeed. In addition to Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, another one of Joanna’s well-known cult roles was in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. Here’s the theatrical trailer of the 1982 film.

On December 12, 2012, Joanna posted a video of a never filmed sequence from the film. The scene was supposed to feature Joanna’s character, Zhora, an artificial human known as a replicant, performing an exotic reptile dance. Watch Joanna’s reinterpretation of the never shot scene.

“To all the fans of my work and especially Blade Runner, I have put up on my YouTube Channel the dance from Blade Runner that could have been, and since it is the 30th anniversary of the film, I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the genius that went into the making of this very special movie,” she wrote.

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