Michelle Johnson (actress)

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Michelle Johnson
Born (1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 54)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMichelle Williams
OccupationActress
Years active1984–2004
Spouse(s)
Matt Williams
(m. 1999; div. 2002)

Michelle Johnson (born September 9, 1965) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role when she was 17 as Lolita-like teenager Jennifer Lyons in the 1984 romantic comedy film Blame It on Rio.

Early life and education[edit]

Johnson was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to mother Faye, a nurse, and father Don, who owned a furniture store.[1] Jennifer, at age 4, relocated with her mother Pheonix, Arizona, and Faye married Dr. Grant Johnson, a child psychologist.[1]

Michelle attended Alhambra High School from 1979 through 1983, graduating one semester early in January 1983.

Career[edit]

At age 16, Michelle began doing fashion print work and was soon signed by the Wilhelmina agency in New York City.[1] Director Stanley Donen spotted her in a photograph in the fashion biweekly W,[1] and just as her modeling career was beginning, chose her to act in his feature film Blame It on Rio instead. Since she was 17 at the time, she required permission from a judge to appear topless in the film.

Johnson appeared in a number of roles over the next 15 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 an episode of Dallas.

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]

From January 15, 1999 through July 2002, Johnson was married to Major League Baseball player Matt Williams, of the Phoenix-based Arizona Diamondbacks,[2][3] they resided primarily in Scottsdale, Arizona.[3]

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

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Blame It on Rio Jennifer Lyons
1986 Gung Ho Heather DiStefano
1987 Charles in Charge Joyce
1987 Beaks: The Movie Vanessa Cartwright
Werewolf Kelly Nichols TV series, pilot episode
1988 The Jigsaw Murders Kathy DaVonzo
Slipping Into Darkness Carlyle
Waxwork China Webster
1990 Wishful Thinking Diane
1991 Blood Ties Celia
Driving Me Crazy Ricki
Tales from the Crypt: Split Second Liz
1992 A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Linda Kolkena Broderick
Death Becomes Her Anna
Dr. Giggles Tamara
Far and Away Grace
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter Linda Kolkena Broderick
Street Wars Tina
1992 & 1993 Murder She Wrote Episodes "Incident in Lot 7" & "Ship of Thieves"
1993 Body Shot Danielle Wild/Chelsea Savage
1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Natalie Harris
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Lisa
1995 Illicit Dreams Melinda Ryan
The Donor Dr. Lucy Flynn
When the Bullet Hits the Bone Lisa
1996 The Glimmer Man Jessica Cole
Specimen Sarah
The Outer Limits Ady Sutton episode: First Anniversary
1997 Inner Action
Moving Target Casey
1998 Dallas: War of the Ewings Jennifer Jantzen
1999 Revenge Vicky Mayerson
2004 Mickey Patty

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary (March 12, 1984). "Newcomer Michelle Johnson Raises Eyebrows—and Temperatures—in Blame It on Rio". People. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (2001-10-29). "Best supporting actress". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  3. ^ a b "Matt Williams' actress-wife seeks divorce". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. 2002-07-16. Archived from the original on 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2019-07-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Beale, Lauren (April 16, 2009). "Michelle Johnson sells Sunset Strip-area home for $4.1 million". Chicago Tribune.

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