Caroline Margaret McWilliams (April 4, 1945 – February 11, 2010) was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Marcy Hill in the television series Benson. Coincidentally, McWilliams had also appeared in its parent-series Soap as Sally. She was a regular on the CBS soap, Guiding Light (as Janet Norris) for several years and appeared in a short-term role (as Tracy DeWitt) on the NBC soap Another World. She also had a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210 playing the mother of Jamie Walters' character Ray Pruit.
McWilliams as Marcy Hill
|Born||Caroline Margaret McWilliams
April 4, 1945
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||February 11, 2010
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Multiple myeloma|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Keaton (m. 1982; div. 1990)|
Although she was born in Seattle, McWilliams grew up in Rhode Island. She graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was married in 1982 to Michael Keaton, with whom she had a son, Sean, born in 1983. They divorced in 1990.
McWilliams's television appearances spanned every decade from the 1960s through the 2000s. She was a regular player on Guiding Light as Janet Mason Norris from 1969 until 1975. She played a prostitute who helped an immigrant stay in the country on Barney Miller in 1977. She was a semi-regular on Soap during the second season in 1978. She then appeared on Benson (as a different character) when that series premiered in 1979. She remained on Benson until 1981: the storyline stated that her character was departing to get married (her fiancé on the show having been played by Ted Danson).
After this, she made a number of one-time appearances in comedies and dramas as well as appearing in numerous made-for-television movies.
McWilliams appeared in two major motion pictures:
Illness and deathEdit
- Obituary Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2010.
- "Caroline McWilliams". archive.is. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Caroline McWilliams Obituary – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 September 2015.