Williams, JoBeth 1948-

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Williams, JoBeth 1948-


Full name, Margaret JoBeth Williams; born December 6, 1948, in Houston, TX; daughter of Fredric Roger (a manager of a wire and cable company) and Frances Faye (a dietitian; maiden name, Adams) Williams; mar- ried John Pasquin (a director and producer), March 13, 1982; children: Will, Nick; stepchildren: Sarah. Education: Brown University, B.A., 1970.


Agent—Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager—Vincent Cirrincione and Associates, 1516 North Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046.


Actress, director, and producer. Former member of the company of Arena Stage, Washington, DC, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, Charles Theatre, Boston, MA, and Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence, RI; also affiliated with a Shakespearian stage company, Los Angeles.

Awards, Honors:

Saturn Award nomination, best actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1983, for Poltergeist; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a limited series or special, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, both 1984, for Adam; Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, best actress, 1985, for American Dreamer; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or special, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, both 1988, for Baby M; Academy Award nomination (with Michele McGuire), best live-action short film, 1995, for On Hope; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1995, for "Adventures in Paradise: Parts 1 & 2," Frasier; Award of Excellence, Bearfest—Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, 2002; Career Achievement Award, WorldFest Houston, 2002.


Television Appearances; Series:

Carrie Wheeler, Somerset (also known as Another World: Somerset and Somerset: Bay City), NBC, 1975-76.

Brandy Shelloe), The Guiding Light, CBS, 1977-81.

Jabberwocky, 1978.

Voice, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Family Channel, 1991.

Voice of Angel, Fish Police (animated), CBS, 1992.

Constance "Connie" Payne, Payne, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lorna Anderson, Murder Ordained (also known as Broken Commandments and Kansas Gothic), CBS, 1987.

MaryBeth Whitehead, Baby M, ABC, 1988.

Marge Slayton, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998.

I Love the '80s, VH1, 2002.

The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments, TV Land, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Laura Weston, Fun and Games, ABC, 1980.

Tiffany Farrenpour, Joe Dancer (also known as The Big Black Pill), NBC, 1981.

Nurse Nancy Bauer, The Day After, ABC, 1983.

Reve Walsh, Adam, NBC, 1983.

Claudia Ryan, Kids Don't Tell, CBS, 1985.

Reve Walsh, Adam: His Song Continues (also known as Adam Two: His Song Continues), NBC, 1986.

Dr. Jackie Hollis, Child in the Night (also known as Murder in the Family and Testimone oculare), CBS, 1990.

Tess Palmer (some sources cite Tess Parker), Victim of Love (also known as Raw Heat), CBS, 1991.

Ginny Moore, Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted (also known as Who Speaks for Jonathan?), NBC, 1992.

Christine Biondi, Final Appeal (also known as Lying in Wait and L'ultime proces), NBC, 1993.

Natalie, Chantilly Lace, Showtime, 1993.

Sarah Gallagher, Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash, USA Network, 1993.

Voice of Jade Kenyon, Jonny's Golden Quest (animated), USA Network, 1993.

Nancy Parkhurst, Voices from Within (also known as Silhouette), NBC, 1994.

Win Winslow, Parallel Lives, Showtime, 1994.

Elizabeth Hackett, A Season of Hope (also known as The Lemon Grove), CBS, 1995.

Pam Willis, Breaking Through (also known as After the Silence), USA Network, 1996.

Rose, Ruby Jean and Joe, Showtime, 1996.

Anne Werden, When Danger Follows You Home, USA Network, 1997.

Madeline "Maddie" Parker, A Chance of Snow, Lifetime, 1998.

Alice Bridges, It Came from the Sky (also known as Les visiteurs impromtus), Romance Classics, 1999.

Jane Newhart, Justice (also known as Backlash), Cinemax, 1999.

Jo Face, Jackie's Back! (also known as Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva), Lifetime, 1999.

Sophie Hanson, Trapped in a Purple Haze, ABC, 2000.

Herself, Searching for Debra Winter, Showtime, 2002.

Jeanette Makins, 14 Hours, TNT, 2005.

June Sickles, Into the Fire, 2005.

Mrs. Mayer, Crazylove, Lifetime, 2005.

Hattie Dorsett, Sybil, CBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Constance Wilde, "Feasting with Panthers," Theater in America, PBS, 1974.

(Uncredited) The Making of "Poltergeist," 1982.

Actors on Acting, PBS, 1984.

Lois "Lo" Wilson, "My Name Is Bill W" (also known as "The Bill Wilson Story"), Hallmark Hall of Fame, ABC, 1989.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, 1995.

The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, NBC, 1995.

Dominique Dunn, an American Tragedy: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

Voice, Kate Chopin: A Re-awakening, PBS, 1998.

Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Narrator, A Herd of Their Own, Animal Planet, 2000.

Edna Earle Ponder, The Ponder Heart, PBS, 2001.

Curse of Poltergeist: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Scream Queens: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

(Uncredited) Madeline Marshall (in archive footage), Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter, NBC, 2004.

101 Reasons the 90's Ruled, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Marian Faber, The World Beyond (also known as The Mud Monster), CBS, 1978.

Regina "Reggie" Love, The Client (also known as John Grisham's "The Client"), CBS, 1995.

Elaine Ashton, Homeward Bound, ABC, 2002.

Liane, Miss Match, NBC, 2003.

Roberta, Stroller Wars, CBS, 2006.

Libby, Worst Week of My Life, Fox, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Paula Harris, "Reunion: Parts 1 & 2," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980.

"John Walsh," An American Portrait, CBS, 1984.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1984.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1986, 1991.

Host, "Who Will Love Jeanette?" Your Family Matters, Lifetime, 1989.

Voice of Danielle, "Beloved Infidel," Frasier, NBC, 1993.

Madeleine, "Adventures in Paradise: Parts 1 & 2," Frasier, NBC, 1994.

Voices of May and June (Siamese twins), "Sideshow," Batman (animated; also known as The Adventures of Batman & Robin and Batman: The Animated Series), Fox, 1994.

Countess, "Fly by Night," Mighty Max, 1994.

Regina "Reggie" Love, "The Good Samaritan," The Client (also known as John Grisham's "The Client"), CBS, 1996.

Marty, "Stagecoach Marty," Dead Man's Gun, Showtime, 1998.

"Wild Swans," Stories from My Childhood (also known as Mikhail Baryshnikov's "Stories from My Childhood"), PBS, 1998.

Claire Stackhouse, "Norm vs. Youth: Part 2," The Norm Show (also known as Norm), ABC, 2000.

Sarah, "Heart," The Guardian, CBS, 2001.

Mrs. Rawley, "Waste," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Gemma Lawnsdale, "Judging Eric," Judging Amy, CBS, 2003.

Dr. Sara Rose, "Endorsement," Skin, Fox, 2003.

Liane, "Jive Turkey," Miss Match, NBC, 2003.

Margie, "Fractured," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2004.

Liane, "Most Hopeless Romantics," Miss Match, NBC, 2005.

(Uncredited) Liz, "The Real McCoy," Las Vegas, NBC, 2005.

Kate, "Remember the Alimony," Twenty Good Years, NBC, 2006.

Miriam Henderson, "Day 5: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.," 24, Fox, 2006.

Margaret Eppes, "Hot Shot," Numb3rs (also known as Num3ers), CBS, 2006.

Professor Ursula Kent, "Empty Planet," Criminal Minds, CBS, 2006.

"Soap Opera Starts," My First Time, TV Land, 2006.

Sheryl Kates, "Outsiders," The Nine, ABC, 2006.

Sheryl Kates, "Confessions," The Nine, ABC, 2007.

Gail, "See-Through," Dexter, Showtime, 2007.

Gail, "The Dark Defender," Dexter, Showtime, 2007.

Gail, "Dex, Lies & Videotape," Dexter, Showtime, 2007.

Gail, "That Night, a Forest Grew," Dexter, Showtime, 2007.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week, E.T., ET Weekend, and This Week in Entertainment), syndicated, 2007.

"Movies," TV Land Confidential (also known as TV Land Confidential: The Untold Stories), TV Land, 2007.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 55th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1983.

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989.

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990.

Presenter, The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1996.

Television Work; Movies:

Coproducer, Bump in the Night, CBS, 1991.

Producer (with Michele McGuire) and director, On Hope, Showtime, 1994.

Director, Frankie & Hazel (also known as Frankie & Hazel—Zwei Maedchen starten durch), Showtime, 2000.

Television Producer; Awards Presentations:

13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TBS, 2007.

14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2008.

Television Director; Episodic:

"The Doghouse," Night Visions, Fox, 2001.

Also directed an episode of Directed By, Showtime.

Film Appearances:

Phyllis Bernard, Kramer vs. Kramer, Columbia, 1979.

Jessie, The Dogs of War, United Artists, 1980.

Meredith, Stir Crazy, Columbia, 1980.

Diane Freeling, Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982.

Harriet Purdue, Endangered Species, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982.

Karen Bowens, The Big Chill, Columbia, 1983.

Cathy Palmer/Rebecca Ryan, American Dreamer, Warner Bros., 1984.

Lisa Hammond, Teachers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984.

Diane Freeling, Poltergeist II: The Other Side (also known as Poltergeist II), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986.

Lily Chismore, Desert Bloom, Columbia, 1986.

Lisa McConnell, Memories of Me, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1988.

Sarah, Welcome Home, Columbia/Rank, 1990.

Margo Brofman, Switch (also known as Blake Edwards' "Switch"), Warner Bros., 1991.

Natalie Standish, Dutch (also known as Driving Me Crazy), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

Diane, Me, Myself, and I, 1992.

Lieutenant Gwen Harper, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Universal, 1992.

Bessie Earp, Wyatt Earp, Warner Bros., 1994.

Dr. Patricia Cromwell, Jungle 2 Jungle (also known as Un indien a New York), Buena Vista, 1997.

Sydney Stone, Just Write, Curb Entertainment, 1997, Heartland Releasing, 1998.

Anne, Little City, Miramax, 1998.

Tina Martin, Repossessed (short film), AtomFilms, 2002.

Dr. Lillian Rose, The Rose Technique (also known as Deranged), Showcase Entertainment, 2003.

Maureen Meeks, Fever Pitch (also known as The Perfect Catch, Fever Pitch—Ein Mann fuer eine saison, and Ein Mann fuer eine saison), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Agnes Webb, In the Land of Women, Warner Bros., 2007.

Marion, TiMER, 2008.

Film Director:

Winona's Web, 2001.

Stage Appearances:

Ladyhouse Blues, 1979.

Maude Mix, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Moonchildren, Broadway production, 1980.

Lydie Breeze, Gardenia, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1982.

Irene, Idiot's Delight, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1993.

Dinah, The Quality of Life, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, 2007.

Appeared as Charlotte, Last Dance, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II; also appeared in productions of Antony and Cleopatra, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, Uncle Vanya, and The Vagina Monologues, New York City and Los Angeles.

Stage Director:

The Autumn Garden, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2001, later broadcast as an episode of the radio series The Play's the Thing, KCRW.



Herself and Bessie Earp (in archive footage), It Happened That Way, Warner Home Video, 2004.

Audio Books:

Reader, Women of Mystery (documentary), New Day, 2000.

Reader, Nights in Rodanthe, by Nicholas Sparks, Time Warner, 2002.



Famme Fatales, October, 2002, pp. 44-48.

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