Joanna Pacula (born in Poland on January 2, 1957), received a Golden Globe nomination in 1984 as Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Michael Apted's Gorky Park, a murder-mystery/spy thriller set in Moscow with William Hurt and Lee Marvin.
Pacula is also known for The Kiss (1988), Tombstone (1993) and Virus (1999).
Pacula started as an actress and model in her native Poland, after studying acting at the Polish National Theater School in Warsaw. Starting in the late 1970s, Pacula appeared in numerous Polish films, TV movies and series. When martial law was declared in Poland in December 1981, Pacula happened to be in Paris and soon moved to the United States to work as a model first, then as an actress.
Her first major role in Hollywood was in Gorky Park in 1983. She was featured in the lead role in the Holocaust-based TV movie Escape from Sobibor (1987).
Pacula has acted in over 90 films and TV productions in the US and abroad, including Marked for Death (1990), Husbands and Lovers (1991), Black Ice (1992), Warlock: The Armageddon (1993), Last Gap (1995), The Art of Murder (1999), the TV series Robbery Homicide Division (2002), Moscow Heat (2004), the TV movie Stolen Child (2012), ICE Agent (2013), Kill Her, Not Me (2013), Wake Up To Love (2020) and Break Even (2020).