JoBeth Williams

Actress + Director
Born Dec 6, 1948

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

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of JoBeth Williams.


1948 Birth Born on December 6, 1948.


1970 21 Years Old She graduated from Pembroke College in Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1970, intending to become a child psychologist. … Read More
1972 23 Years Old Williams's first television role was on the Boston-produced first-run syndicated children's television series Jabberwocky, which debuted in 1972. … Read More


1979 30 Years Old Williams's 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. … Read More


1992 43 Years Old In 1992 she reteamed with Big Chill director Lawrence Kasdan to portray Bessie Earp in Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner, and starred as Crazy Diane/Sane Diane, a schizophrenic shut-in, in the dark independent comedy, Me, Myself & I. … Read More
1994 45 Years Old …  Her directorial debut with the 1994 short film On Hope, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. … Read More
1995 46 Years Old In 1995, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her 1994 live-action short On Hope, it was her directorial debut and starred Annette O'Toole.
1997 48 Years Old In 1997, she played a domineering lesbian in the independent comedy, Little City, with Jon Bon Jovi, and a hysterical publishing editor in Just Write with Jeremy Piven.


2005 56 Years Old In 2005 she appeared in the Drew Barrymore-Jimmy Fallon baseball comedy Fever Pitch. … Read More
2006 57 Years Old Williams appeared on a 2006 episode of 24 as Christopher Henderson (Peter Weller)'s wife, Miriam, who literally takes a (nonfatal) bullet for her husband. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old In 2007, she joined Dexter for a four-episode arc as the serial killer's future mother-in-law.


2009 60 Years Old 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. … Read More
2014 65 Years Old In 2014, she appeared in the CBS sci-fi drama Extant, as Leigh Kern (season 1, episode 7). … Read More
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