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JoBeth Williams Biography

Birth Name:
Margaret JoBeth Williams
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States

Fast Facts

  • Joined Actor's Equity at age 18
  • After graduating from college, joined Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI
  • Early TV work included stints on the soap operas Guiding Light and Somerset
  • Film debut was a nude scene in 1979's Kramer vs
  • Kramer
  • Best-know for her starring roles in Poltergeist (1982) and The Big Chill (1983)
  • Served for five years a member of the Screen Actors Guild national board and was also president of the non-profit SAG Foundation


  • 1994Oscar-Best Short Film, Live Action: nominated
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: nominated


  • Roger Williams -- Father
  • Frances Faye Williams -- Mother
  • Nick Pasquin -- Son
  • Will Pasquin -- Son
  • Sarah Pasquin -- Stepdaughter