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JoBeth Williams - born December 6, 1948 in Houston, Texas - is an American film, television and stage actress (and director) who portrayed Sandra Harding in the season one episode Hell Hath No Fury on ABC's Scandal.
She was born "Margaret JoBeth Williams," the daughter of Frances Faye (née Adams), a dietitian, and Fredric Roger Williams, an opera singer and manager of a wire and cable company. She grew up in the South Park neighborhood of Houston, where she attended Jones High School.
JoBeth attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, intending to become a child psychologist. Instead she turned to theatre, 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 where she began her television career in the mid-1970s.
She is married to TV and film director John Pasquin (with who she worked on Jungle 2 Jungle); they have two sons, Nick and Will.
JoBeth rose to prominence appearing in many films in the early to mid 1980s. She is the current President of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
Behind the scenes she was nominated for an Academy Award for her directorial debut of Showtime's On Hope (1994) and continues to seek out other directing projects. It doesn’t hurt being married to a director for encouragement.
She had her 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; the series ran until 1978.
TV Recurring RolesEdit
|TV Show||Character||No. of Episodes||Year(s)|
|Hart of Dixie||Candice Hart||3||2011-2012|
|Private Practice||Bizzy Forbes||6||2009-20011|
|The Nine||Sheryl Kates||2||2006-2007|
|Miss Match||Lianne Fox||3||2003|
|Payne||Constance "Connie" Payne||9||1999|
|The Client||Regina "Reggie" Love||21||1995-1996|
|Guiding Light||Brandy Schlooe||14||1977-1981|
TV Guest RolesEdit
|Law & Order: LA||Mrs. Walker||Benedict Canyon||2011|
|NCIS||Leona Phelps||One Last Score||2011|
|Criminal Minds||Professor Ursula Kent||Empty Planet||2006|
|Numb3rs||Margaret Eppes||Hot Shot||2006|
|24||Miriam Henderson||Day 5: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.||2006|
|Las Vegas||Liz||The Real McCoy||2005|
|Judging Amy||Gemma Lawnsdale||Judging Eric||2003|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Mrs. Rawley||Waste||2002|
JoBeth is perhaps best known for her roles in Stir Crazy (1980), Poltergeist (1982), The Big Chill (1983), The Day After (1983), Teachers (1984) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986); these are just a short list of the motion pictures she is most recognized for. She is also known for starring opposite Kris Kristofferson in Oscar-winning director Franklin J. Schaffner's final film, the Vietnam POW drama Welcome Home (1989). In October 2011 she appeared with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Rashida Jones, and Jack Black in the bird-watching comedy, The Big Year.
|Love's Christmas Journey||Mrs. Beatrice Thompson||2011||TV Movie|
|The Big Year||Edith Preissler||2011||Feature Film|
|Uncorked||Sophia Browning||2009||TV Movie|
|Sybil||Hattie Dorsett||2007||TV Movie|
|In the Land of Woman||Agnes Webb||2007||Feature Film|
|Stroller Wars||Roberta||2006||TV Movie|
|Call It Fiction||Cassie||2006||Feature Film|
|Into the Fire||June Sicles||2005||TV Movie|
|Fever Pitch||Maureen Meeks||2005||Feature Film|
|Repossessed||Tina Martin||2002||Short Film|
|Homeward Bound||Elaine Ashton||2002||TV Movie|
|Jungle to Jungle||Dr. Patricia Cromwell||1997||Feature Film|
|A Season of Hope||Elizabeth Hackett||1995||TV Movie|
|Wyatt Earp||Bessie Earp||1994||Feature Film|
|Welcome Home||Sarah||1989||Feature Film|
|My Name Is Bill W.||Lois 'Lo' Wilson||1989||TV Movie|
|Baby M||Marybeth Whitehead||1988||TV Movie|
|Poltergeist II: The Other Side||Diane Freeling||1986||Feature Film|
|American Dreamer||Cathy Palmer/Rebecca Ryan||1984||Feature Film|
|Teachers||Lisa Hammond||1984||Feature Film|
|The Day After||Nurse Nancy Bauer||1983||TV Movie|
|The Big Chill||Karen Bowens||1983||Feature Film|
|Poltergeist||Diane Freeling||1982||Feature Film|
|Stir Crazy||Meredith||1980||Feature Film|
|Kramer vs. Kramer||Phyllis Bernard||1979||Feature Film|
- She had eye surgery.
- She supposedly turned down the lead role in the sitcom Murphy Brown (1988), which had been created by Diane English with JoBeth in mind.
- She was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10, 2006 in Austin, Texas. The other inductees were Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Cybill Shepherd and Lyle Lovett.
- She has co-starred with Craig T. Nelson in three films: Poltergeist (1982), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Stir Crazy (1980).
Awards & NominationsEdit
- Awards (Won):
- 1985 – KCFCC Award: Best Actress for American Dreamer
- KCFCC = Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards
- 2002 – Career Achievement Award from WorldFest Houston
- 2002 – Award of Excellence from Bearfest – Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
- 1983 – Saturn Award: Best Actress for Poltergeist
- 1984 – Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Special for Adam
- 1988 – Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or a Special for Baby M
- 1989 – Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV; for Baby M (1988)
- 1995 – Academy Award: Best Short Film, Live Action for On Hope (shared with Michele McGuire)
- 1995 – Emmy Award: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Frasier