JoBeth Williams

JoBeth Williams

Infobox actor
name = JoBeth Williams

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caption = Williams at the SAG Foundation brunch, January 7, 2007
birthname = Margaret JoBeth Williams
birthdate = birth date and age|1948|12|6
location = Houston, Texas, U.S.
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = Actress, director
spouse = John Pasquin (1982-present) 2 Children

JoBeth Williams (born December 6, 1948) is an American Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated television and film actress, as well as an Academy Award (short subject category)-nominated director.


Early life

Williams was born as Margaret JoBeth Williams in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Frances Faye (née Adams), a dietitian, and Fredric Roger Williams, an opera singer and manager of a wire and cable company. [ [ JoBeth Williams Biography (1948?-) ] ] She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island intending to become a child psychologist. Instead, she turned to theater (her father was an opera singer), training at the Trinity Repertory Company during which time she took voice lessons to help lose her "Texas-twang" accent. Following this, she moved to New York City and began to appear on television series in the mid-1970s.


Williams' first television role was on the Boston-produced children's, first run syndicated television series "Jabberwocky", which debuted in 1974. Her character was named, appropriately enough, JoBeth. She joined the "Jabberwocky" cast in season two, replacing the original hostess, Joanne Sopko. The series ran until 1978. She was a regular on two soap operas, playing Carrie Wheeler on "Somerset" and Brandi Sheloo on "Guiding Light." Williams' feature film debut came in 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer" as a girlfriend of Dustin Hoffman's character, memorably quizzed by his son after being discovered walking nude to the bathroom.

She is perhaps most recognized for her role in "Poltergeist" (1982) as suburban housewife Diane Freeling (she reprised her character in the sequel, "", 1986). A year later she was part of the ensemble comedy-drama "The Big Chill" (1983). This led to her only major starring role in a studio feature film, "American Dreamer" (1984) opposite Tom Conti.

Williams continued with a number of performances in notable television movies, including the nuclear holocaust film "The Day After" (1983), "Murder Ordained" (1987) and "My Name is Bill W." (1989). She earned Emmy nominations for starring as real-life characters Reve Walsh (the wife of John Walsh), in the film "Adam" (1983) and for her portrayal of Mary Beth Whitehead in "Baby M" (1988). She also had an Emmy-nominated guest starring role on "Frasier" and played Reggie Love in the short-lived TV version of the film "The Client".

In 1995 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her 1994 live action short, "On Hope." It was her debut as a director. She appeared on an episode of "24" as Christopher Henderson (Peter Weller)'s wife, Miriam, who literally takes a (non-fatal) bullet for her husband.

Personal life

She is married to TV and film director John Pasquin (with whom she worked on "Jungle 2 Jungle"); they have two sons, Nick and Will.


*"Sybil" (2007) - Hattie
* "Fever Pitch" (2005) - Maureen Meeks
* "It Came From the Sky" - (1999) - Alice Bridges
* "Jungle 2 Jungle" (1997) - Dr. Patricia Cromwell
* "Wyatt Earp" (1994) - Bessie Earp
* "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (1992) - Lt. Gwen Harper
* "Dutch" (1991) - Natalie
* "Switch" (1991) - Margo Brofman
* "My Name is Bill W." (1989) (TV Movie)- Lois (Bernham) Wilson
* "" (1986) - Diane Freeling
* "American Dreamer" (1984) - Cathy Palmer/Rebecca Ryan
* "Teachers" (1984) - Lisa Hammond
* "The Big Chill" (1983) - Karen
* "The Day After" (1983) (TV) - Nurse Nancy Bauer
* "Poltergeist" (1982) - Diane Freeling
* "Endangered Species" (1982) - Harriet Purdue
* "Stir Crazy" (1980) - Meredith
* "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) - Phyllis Bernard
* "Jabberwocky" (TV Series) (1974) - JoBeth


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