Martha Williamson

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Martha Williamson
BornDenver, Colorado, United States
ResidenceSouthern California, United States
OccupationExecutive producer, writer
Partner(s)Jon Andersen
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Martha Williamson
BornDenver, Colorado, United States
ResidenceSouthern California, United States
OccupationExecutive producer, writer
Partner(s)Jon Andersen

Martha Williamson is the host and voice of A Touch of Encouragement on She is best known as the head writer and executive producer of the long-running hit CBS television series Touched by an Angel[citation needed]

She was named in 2007 by her publisher as one of the "12 Most Powerful Christians in Hollywood."[1] She became the first woman to solely produce two network television dramas simultaneously.[citation needed]

Touched by an Angel was nominated for nine Emmy Awards and was inducted into the Museum of Television and Radio Hall of Fame. It has been translated into more than sixty languages and continues to be broadcast around the world.

Martha began her career in television working on musical variety programs for Carol Burnett, Walt Disney Television, and others. She wrote and produced for half-hour comedies such as the long-running The Facts of Life and The Family Man with Gregory Harrison. She made the transition to one-hour drama as producer of Jack's Place for ABC Television and Co-Executive Producer of the CBS series Under One Roof, which starred James Earl Jones. And in 1994 she became the Executive Producer of the Touched by an Angel.

Her numerous awards include the Freedom Works Award from the U.S. Congress, the Edward R. Murrow Responsibility in Television Award, the Producers Guild Nova Award, the Templeton Prize, as well as honors from the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the Salvation Army, Catholics in Media[citation needed]. She was appointed to the President's White House Council on Service and Civic Participation.

A popular speaker, Martha frequently addresses organizations and companies, using humor and behind-the-scenes show business anecdotes to illustrate the power of positive storytelling and the importance of incorporating ethics and values into business management. Most recently, she has appeared onstage on both coasts performing her musical one-woman show "Martha at Risk" with Tony-Award-winning composer Larry Grossman.

A native of Colorado, Martha lives in Southern California with her husband, Jon Andersen,[2] and their two children. She is a graduate of Williams College.

Television series[edit]

Series/Title NameTitleNetworkYears
Touched by an AngelExecutive Producer (203 Episodes)CBS/CBSP1994–2003
"The Southbound Bus" (Pilot Episode)WriterCBS/CBSP1994
"Fallen Angela"WriterCBS/CBSP1994
"An Unexpected Snow"WriterCBS/CBSP1994
"There, But for the Grace of God"WriterCBS/CBSP1995
"In the Name of God"WriterCBS/CBSP1995
"Interview with an Angel"WriterCBS/CBSP1995
"Operation Smile"WriterCBS/CBSP1995
"Unidentified Female"WriterCBS/CBSP1995
"Til We Meet Again"WriterCBS/CBSP
"Jacob's Ladder"WriterCBS/CBSP1996
"Random Acts"WriterCBS/CBSP1996
"The Homecoming, Part 1"WriterCBS/CBSP1996
"Amazing Grace, Part 1"WriterCBS/CBSP1997
"My Dinner With Andrew"WriterCBS/CBSP1997
"The Spirit of Liberty Moon"WriterCBS/CBSP1998
"What Are Friends For"WriterCBS/CBSP1998
"Beautiful Dreamer"WriterCBS/CBSP1998
"Psalm 151"WriterCBS/CBSP1998
"Family Business"WriterCBS/CBSP1999
"Black Like Monica"WriterCBS/CBSP
"Such a Time as This"WriterCBS/CBSP1999
"The Compass"WriterCBS/CBSP1999
"Mother's Day"WriterCBS/CBSP2000
"The Face on the Bar Room Floor"WriterCBS/CBSP2000
"The Empty Chair"WriterCBS/CBSP2000
"The Sign of the Dove"WriterCBS/CBSP2001
"Shallow Water, Part 1"WriterCBS/CBSP2001
"Shallow Water, Part 2"WriterCBS/CBSP2001
"Holy of Holies"WriterCBS/CBSP2001
"The Last Chapter"WriterCBS/CBSP2002
"A Winter Carol"WriterCBS/CBSP2001
"For All the Tea in China"WriterCBS/CBSP2002
"A Rock and a Hard Place"WriterCBS/CBSP2002
"As It is in Heaven"WriterCBS/CBSP2003
"At the End of the Aisle"WriterCBS/CBSP
"I Will Walk with You, Part 1"WriterCBS/CBSP2003
"I Will Walk with You, Part 2"WriterCBS/CBSP2003
Promised LandCreator/Executive ProducerCBS/Paramount1996–1999
Pilot EpisodeWriterCBS/Paramount
"Leap of Faith, Part 2"WriterCBS/Paramount
"Amazing Grace"WriterCBS/Paramount
Under One RoofCo-Executive ProducerCBS1994
Jack's PlaceSupervising ProducerABC/ABCP1992–1993
"An Affair to Vaguely Remember"WriterABC/ABCP1993
"Play It Again, Jack"WriterABC/ABCP1993
"The Pipes Are Calling"WriterABC/ABCP1993
"The Hands of Time"WriterABC/ABCP1993
Secret Adventures:SnapWriterTaweel-Loos1993
McGee and Me!WriterTaweel-Loos1991–1992
"In the Nick of Time"WriterTaweel-Loos
Fish PoliceSupervising ProducerCBS1991
The Family ManSupervising ProducerCBS1990–1991
"Making Babies"WriterCBS1990
"My Little Runaway"WriterCBS1991
"Jack and Jill, Part 1"WriterCBS1991
Living DollsSupervising ProducerABC1989–1990
"The Flash is Always Greener"WriterABC
"Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner"WriterABC
Raising MirandaProducerCBS/GTG1988–1989
The Facts of LifeStory EditorNBC/Columbia1985–1988
"Another Room"WriterNBC/Columbia1986
"Off-Broadway Baby"WriterNBC/Columbia1986
"A Star Is Torn"WriterNBC/Columbia1987
"This is Only A Test"WriterNBC/Columbia1987
"Down And Out in Malibu, Part 1"WriterNBC/Columbia1987
"Less Than Perfect"WriterNBC/Columbia1988
"Big Apple Blues" (pilot spin-off)WriterNBC/Columbia1988

Television specials[edit]

True Stories from Touched by an AngelExecutive ProducerCBS1998
More True Stories Touched by an AngelExecutive ProducerCBS1998
Disneyland's 30th Anniversary SpecialWriterNBC/Disney1985
The Homemade Comedy SpecialWriterNBC1985

Television pilots[edit]

Untitled Martha Williamson ProjectExecutive Producer, writerCBS/Paramount2006–2007
Untitled Hawaii ProjectExecutive Producer, writerCBS/Paramount2003–2004
Just DessertsExecutive Producer, writerCBS/CBSP1994
The Promised Land/The 'HoodExecutive Producer, writerCBS/CBSP1993


TitlePublisherDate Published
In the Words of AngelsFireside2000
Inviting God to Your WeddingHarmony2000
When Angels SpeakFireside1997
True Stories of Touched by an AngelZondervan1997
Raging HormonesDoubleday1990


Soundtrack TitleTitleLabelYear
Touched by an Angel: The AlbumExecutive ProducerSony Music1998
Touched by an Angel: Christmas AlbumExecutive ProducerSony Music1999


President's Council on Service and Civic Participation2003
Steve Allen Award for Entertainment Excellence2001
NAACP Image Award2000
Salvation Army Awards1999
Good Samaritan Institute Award1999
Governor's Award of Excellence1999
Family Program Award1999
Imagen Awards1999
Golden Globes – 2 nominations1999
Gabriel Award1998
Voices of Hope Award from Herbert G. Birch1998
Hollywood Impact Award1998
Induction of Touched by an Angel into Museum of TV and Radio1998
Gabriel Award1998
Epiphany Prize (The Templeton Foundation)1997
Christopher Award1997
Edward R. Murrow Responsibility in Television1997
H.E.L.P Group Spirit of Hope Award1997
Freedom Works Award from United States Congress1997
Emmy Awards (A.T.A.S) – 5 nominations1997
Johnson & Johnson Safe Kids Award1997
Daughters of the American Revolution Award1997
Producers' Guild of America Nova Award1997
Gabriel Award1996
Catholics in Media Associates Award1996
Anti Defamation League's Deborah Award1996
Covenant Awards1996
Excellence in Media Awards1995
Swiss American Faith and Values Award1995

Appearances as herself[edit]

60 Minutes1997
Larry King Live (multiple)2006
The Oprah Winfrey Show1997
CBS Today Show2000
The 700 Club2000
FOX News1999
The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder2000
Entertainment Tonight and Access HollywoodMultiple appearances between 1996–2003


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