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      JoBeth Williams

      JoBeth Williams

      Highest Rated: 92% Barracuda (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 6, 1948

      Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

      Working steadily for decades in a wide variety of mediums, JoBeth Williams successfully transitioned from effervescent leading lady to mature actress with a lengthy résumé of consistently strong performances. Possibly best remembered for her breakout portrayal of a terrified suburban housewife in the supernatural horror film "Poltergeist" (1982), Williams played Diane Freeling with a conviction and authenticity that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. On the heels of that success was the ensemble drama "The Big Chill" (1983), in which Williams' character, unhappy with her current marriage, considers rekindling a relationship with her old flame during a weekend reunion with college friends. Considered a classic by a generation, the film marked the directorial debut of writer Lawrence Kasdan, and allowed Williams to act alongside some of the brightest stars in film at that time. Williams made her mark on television, with roles in TV-movies like the Cold-War cautionary tale "The Day After" (1983), and in "Adam" (NBC, 1983), in which she portrayed the anguished mother of a missing child. She also impressed with her initial outing as a director with "On Hope" (Showtime, 1994), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film. Following her appearance with Nick Nolte in Arthur Hiller's black comedy, "Teachers" (1984), there were fewer headlining roles in feature projects, and more work on television series such as "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006-13). Williams soon settled into a steady career pattern, frequently playing mother figures in smaller films like "In the Land of Women" (2007), making Williams one of the few women of a certain age who successfully segued into a respected character actress after enjoying a high-profile leading lady career in her prime.

      Highest rated movies

      Barracuda
      Kramer vs. Kramer
      Poltergeist
      The Day After
      The Big Chill
      Desert Bloom
      Stir Crazy
      The Dogs of War

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      Mistresses, Andres Londono (L), JoBeth Williams (R), 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?', Season 1, Ep. #9, 07/29/2013, ©ABC ENDANGERED SPECIES, from left: Hoyt Axton, JoBeth Williams, 1982, © MGM ENDANGERED SPECIES, face to face from left: JoBeth Williams, Robert Urich, 1982, © MGM JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE, JoBeth Williams, Tim Allen, 1997, (c)Buena Vista Pictures ENDANGERED SPECIES, Robert Urich (standing), JoBeth Williams, 1982, © MGM ENDANGERED SPECIES, Paul Dooley, Joseph G. Medalis, JoBeth Williams, Hoyt Axton, 1982, (c) MGM DESERT BLOOM, Jon Voight, Ellen Barkin, JoBeth Williams, 1986, (c) Columbia MEMORIES OF ME, Billy Crystal, JoBeth Williams, Alan King, 1988, (c)MGM ENDANGERED SPECIES, Harry Carey Jr., JoBeth Williams, 1982, (c) MGM ENDANGERED SPECIES, JoBeth Williams, 1982, (c) MGM AMERICAN DREAMER, JoBeth Williams, 1984. ©Warner Brothers TEACHERS, from left: Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, 1984, © MGM DESERT BLOOM, from left: JoBeth Williams, Jon Voight, 1986. ©Columbia Pictures AMERICAN DREAMER, JoBeth Williams, 1984. ©Warner Brothers WYATT EARP, (back row) Michael Madsen, Kevin Costner, Linden Ashby, David Andrews, (front row) Catherine O'Hara, Mare Winningham, Alison Elliott, JoBeth Williams, 1994, (c) Warner Bros. POLTERGEIST, Jobeth Williams, 1982 POLTERGEIST, Zelda Rubinstein, Craig T. Nelson, Jobeth Williams, 1982 AMERICAN DREAMER, JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. AMERICAN DREAMER, JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. POLTERGEIST, Oliver Robins, Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Dominique Dunne, 1982. ©MGM

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 91% Chantilly Bridge Unknown (Character) - 2023
      22% 88% Sgt. Will Gardner Sherry (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What the Night Can Do Bettye Sue Dryer (Character) - 2017
      92% 66% Barracuda Patricia (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 76% The Last Film Festival Mayor (Character) $3.2K 2016
      No Score Yet 33% In My Dreams Charlotte (Character) - 2014
      42% 41% The Big Year Edith (Character) $7.2M 2011
      No Score Yet 45% Uncorked Sophia Browning (Character) - 2010
      67% 63% TiMER Marion (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 79% Sybil Hattie Dorsett (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Call It Fiction Cassie (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 56% crazylove Mrs. Mayer (Character) - 2005
      0% 50% Into the Fire Sickles (Character) - 2005
      66% 60% Fever Pitch Maureen Meeks (Character) $42.1M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Committed Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 25% 14 Hours Jeanette Makins (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rose Technique Dr. Lillian Rose (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ponder Heart Edna Earle Ponder (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 42% Frankie and Hazel Director - 2000
      No Score Yet 80% Trapped in a Purple Haze Sophie Hanson (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 17% Justice Jane Newhart (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 43% It Came From the Sky Alice Bridges (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 87% Jackie's Back! Jo Face (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Chance of Snow Madeline `'Maddie" Parker (Character) - 1998
      50% 57% Just Write Sidney Stone (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 64% Little City Anne (Character) - 1997
      19% 33% Jungle 2 Jungle Patricia Cromwell (Character) $59.9M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Danger Follows You Home Anne Werden (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 83% Breaking Through Pam Willis (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breaking Free Pam Willis (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 83% Ruby Jean and Joe Rose (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Season of Hope Elizabeth Hackett (Character) - 1995
      32% 61% Wyatt Earp Bessie Earp (Character) $24.6M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Voices From Within Nancy Parkhurst (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 87% Parallel Lives Winnie Winslow (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Appeal Christine Biondi (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 40% Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 95% Chantilly Lace Natalie (Character) - 1993
      14% 21% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Lt. Gwen Harper (Character) $26.6M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Me, Myself and I Crazy / Sane Diane (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted Ginny Moore (Character) - 1992
      17% 63% Dutch Natalie Standish (Character) $4.2M 1991
      32% 44% Switch Margo Brofman (Character) $14.2M 1991
      No Score Yet 38% Victim of Love Tess Palmer (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 60% Child in the Night Dr. Hollis (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 62% Welcome Home Sarah (Character) $830.7K 1989
      No Score Yet 76% My Name Is Bill W. Lois `'Lo'` Wilson (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 46% Memories of Me Lisa (Character) $3.3M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby M Marybeth Whitehead (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Ordained Lorna Anderson (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam: His Song Continues Reve Walsh (Character) - 1986
      20% 35% Poltergeist II Diane Freeling (Character) $38.8M 1986
      69% 69% Desert Bloom Lily Chismore (Character) $92.8K 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kids Don't Tell Claudia Ryan (Character) - 1985
      17% 83% American Dreamer Cathy Palmer/Rebecca Ryan (Character) - 1984
      61% 46% Teachers Lisa Hammond (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 62% Adam Reve Walsh (Character) - 1983
      71% 77% The Big Chill Karen (Character) $57.0K 1983
      86% 69% The Day After Nurse Nancy Bauer (Character) - 1983
      88% 79% Poltergeist Diane Freeling (Character) $121.8M 1982
      No Score Yet 34% Endangered Species Harriet Purdue (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 40% The Big Black Pill Tiffany Farrenpour (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Dancer Tiffany Farrenpour (Character) - 1981
      68% 53% The Dogs of War Jesse (Character) - 1980
      69% 75% Stir Crazy Meredith (Character) - 1980
      89% 89% Kramer vs. Kramer Phyllis Bernard (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      18% 58% Living Biblically Diana (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 68% The Good Doctor Ruth (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 88% Rizzoli and Isles Tilly Dunn (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 71% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 64% Your Family or Mine Ricky Weston (Character) 2015
      79% 69% Marry Me Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Candice Hart (Guest Star) 2011-2012 2014-2015
      77% 62% Extant Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 62% Mistresses Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 72% Scandal Sandra Harding (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love's Christmas Journey Mrs. Thompson (Character) 2011
      70% No Score Yet Against the Wall Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Leona Phelps (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Bizzy Forbes (Guest Star) 2009-2011
      71% 81% Dexter Gail Brandon (Guest Star) 2007
      100% No Score Yet The Nine Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      87% 87% 24 Miriam Henderson (Guest Star) 2006
      83% No Score Yet Miss Match Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      70% No Score Yet Skin Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Rawley (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 83% The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      22% No Score Yet Payne Unknown (Character) 1999 2001
      67% No Score Yet Norm Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 83% From the Earth to the Moon Marge Slayton (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Man's Gun Marty (Guest Star) 1998
      25% No Score Yet The Client Reggie Love (Character) 1995-1996
      95% 94% Frasier Danielle (Guest Voice),
      Madeline Marshall (Guest Star)
      1993-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1980