Michelle Johnson (actress)

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Michelle Johnson
Born(1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 48)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMichelle Williams
OccupationActress
Years active1984-2004
Spouse(s)Matt Williams (1999–2002)
 
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Michelle Johnson
Born(1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 48)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMichelle Williams
OccupationActress
Years active1984-2004
Spouse(s)Matt Williams (1999–2002)

Michelle Johnson (born September 9, 1965) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Lolita-like teenager Jennifer Lyons in the 1984 romantic comedy film Blame It on Rio.

Career[edit]

Director Stanley Donen cast Johnson as a 17-year-old to appear as Michael Caine's love interest in Blame It on Rio. The movie was notable as Johnson's first starring role and for her many topless scenes and one full-frontal nude scene.

Johnson appeared in a number of roles over the next fifteen years. She appeared in theatrical films, television movies and television series, including a recurring role for one season of The Love Boat. She appeared in films Gung Ho (1986), Waxwork (1988) and The Glimmer Man (1996). She also co-starred in TV movie Dallas: War of the Ewings in 1998 as Jennifer Jantzen, and in 1985 played Rhonda Cummings in Dallas's episode.

Since 2000, Johnson has starred in only one film, Mickey (2004). Other than occasional paparazzi photos, she has since remained out of the public eye.

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born in Anchorage, Alaska to a homemaker mother and a psychologist father.[1] Her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and she attended Alhambra High School from 1979 through 1983, graduating one semester early in January 1983. She was preparing to start a modeling career when she was spotted in Phoenix, and signed up to work as an actress on Blame It on Rio instead.

From January 1999 through July 2002, Johnson was married to Major League Baseball player Matt Williams, of the Phoenix based Arizona Diamondbacks.[2][3]

Johnson sold her house in West Hollywood, California in April 2009 for a reported sum of $4.1 million. The house was located near the Sunset Strip in a celebrity-populated neighborhood.[4]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Blame It on RioJennifer Lyons
1986Gung HoHeather DiStefano
1987Beaks: The MovieVanessa Cartwright
WerewolfKelly NicholsTV series, pilot episode
1988The Jigsaw MurdersKathy DaVonzo
Slipping Into DarknessCarlyle
WaxworkChina Webster
1990Wishful ThinkingDiane
1991Blood TiesCelia
Driving Me CrazyRicki
Tales from the Crypt: Split SecondLiz
1992A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick StoryLinda Kolkena Broderick
Death Becomes HerAnna
Dr. GigglesTamara
Far and AwayGrace
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last ChapterLinda Kolkena Broderick
Street WarsTina
1993Body ShotDanielle Wild/Chelsea Savage
1994Incident at Deception RidgeNatalie Harris
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly HillsLisa
1995Illicit DreamsMelinda Ryan
The DonorDr. Lucy Flynn
When the Bullet Hits the BoneLisa
1996The Glimmer ManJessica Cole
SpecimenSarah
The Outer LimitsAdy Suttonepisode: First Anniversary
1997Inner Action
Moving TargetCasey
1998Dallas: War of the EwingsJennifer Jantzen
1999RevengeVicky Mayerson
2004MickeyPatty

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelle Johnson Biography (1965-)
  2. ^ Jeff Pearlman (2001-10-29). "Best supporting actress". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Matt Williams' actress-wife seeks divorce". Sports Illustrated. 2002-07-16. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  4. ^ Beale, Lauren: [1] Chicago Tribune, April 16, 2009, "Michelle Johnson sells Sunset Strip-area home for $4.1 million"

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