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  • Real name : Margaret Jobeth Williams
  • Date of birth : 06/12/1948



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JoBeth Williams (1948)

Margaret Jobeth Williams

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JoBeth Williams is an American film and television actress and director, and current President of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.


 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. Williams grew up in the South Park neighborhood, and she attended Jones High School.

She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, intending to become a child psychologist. Instead, she turned to theater, training with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh as well as at the Trinity Repertory Company, taking voice lessons to neutralize her Texan accent. Then she moved to New York City and began to appear in television series in the mid-1970s.

 early career
Williams' first television role was on the Boston-produced first-run syndicated children's 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.

 television work
Williams has also gained critical acclaim for a number of performances in notable television movies, including the nuclear holocaust film The Day After , Murder Ordained , as Lois Burnham Wilson in My Name is Bill W. and the critically acclaimed Masterpiece Theater presentation of The Ponder Heart for director Martha Coolidge.

She earned Emmy nominations for starring as real-life characters Revé Walsh in the film Adam and Mary Beth Whitehead in Baby M . In 1993, she anchored the improvised Showtime dramedy Chantilly Lace with Helen Slater and Martha Plimpton.

She also had an Emmy-nominated guest starring role on Frasier and played Reggie Love in the CBS TV version of the film The Client, which lasted only 21 episodes but gained a wider audience when it was re-broadcast in reruns on the TNT Network.

In 1995 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her 1994 live-action short, "On Hope" which starred Annette O'Toole. It was her debut as a director. She appeared on a 2006 episode of 24 as Christopher Henderson 's wife, Miriam, who literally takes a (non-fatal) bullet for her husband.

She appeared in one episode of the 1998 TV mini-series From the Earth to the Moon as Marge Slayton, the wife of Deke Slayton. The episode is part 11 of the series and titled 'The Original Wives Club.'

In 1999, JoBeth teamed with John Larroquette and Julie Benz for the CBS network situation comedy Payne. The show, which was the American television version of the hit British comedy, Fawlty Towers, lasted just ten episodes.

In 2007, she joined Dexter for a four-episode arc as the serial-killer's future mother-in-law. Also, she appeared in a memorable 2009 Criminal Minds listed as Special Guest Star in the episode, 'Empty Planet' as Professor Ursula Kent who helps the BAU with a bomb threat in Seattle.

She has played the recurring role of Bizzy Forbes-Montgomery, mother of Kate Walsh's Addison, on ABC's Private Practice since 2009.

 personal life
She is married to TV and film director John Pasquin ; they have two children.

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