Was ranked #36 in Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel".
Joanna wanted the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992) but was rejected.
Auditioned for the role Sophie Zawistowski in Sophie's Choice (1982).
Auditioned for the role of Crystal Connors in Showgirls (1995).
Was considered for the role Kady Tyler in Butterfly (1982).
Turned down for the role of Erin Grant in Striptease (1996).
Her performance as Irina Asanova in Gorky Park (1983) is ranked #57 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Was considered for the lead role in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), which eventually went to Jamie Lee Curtis.
According to a 2006 interview ("Pani"), Pacula lost out to Annie Potts in Ghost Busters (1984).
Turned down the Leilani Sarelle role in Basic Instinct (1992), because she feared the role called for nudity.
Was considered for the lead role in Music Box (1989) that eventually went to Jessica Lange.
Auditioned for the role of Holly Body in Body Double. She impressed everyone and was asked back to several callbacks and even did a screen test, but the producers and director ultimately decided that she was too rather unpopular.
Education; Polish National Theatre School, Warsaw, Poland (Acting)
When martial law was declared in Poland in December 1981, Pacula was vacationing in Paris. She remained there and became romantically involved with director Roman Polanski, who got her work as a model shortly after she moved to the United States, where she was featured in 'Vogue' magazine. Polanski recommended her for the female lead in Gorky Park (1983), her first lead role.
When she immigrated to America, she moved in with legendary Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska. It was Elzbieta who connected her with many people to help Joanna get her career in the US started.
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