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Lona Williams (born September 26, 1966 in Hennepin, Minnesota) is an American television producer, writer and actress.

Lona Williams
Williams in 1992
Born (1966-09-26) September 26, 1966 (age 52)[1]
Hennepin, Minnesota, US[1]
OccupationProducer, writer, actress
Years active1991–present

Life and careerEdit

Williams was raised in Rosemount, Minnesota,[2] where her father, Les, was a middle school math teacher.[citation needed] Williams participated in a number of beauty pageants as a child and was crowned Minnesota's Junior Miss in 1985,[citation needed] before becoming the runner up in the year's America's Junior Miss, winning a $10,000 scholarship.[2][3] She graduated from Rosemount High School shortly thereafter.[citation needed]

Williams attended the University of Minnesota and after she took a screen-writing course there, her teacher encouraged her to move to California to find work. After working as an assistant on one show, Jerry Belson helped her get a job as a writing assistant on The Simpsons.[2] She occasionally provided voices for the show, including that of Amber Dempsey, a single-episode character from "Lisa the Beauty Queen".[4] She noted: "I really was only a typist for the show. But by working on the script, I learned how the scripts were put together. I would go to work and type all day, and come home and work on my spec scripts for The Simpsons and Roseanne."[2]

Bruce Helford hired Williams as a writer on the short-lived Someone Like Me before in 1995 signing her up as a writer and producer on The Drew Carey Show. She stayed for three seasons and wrote the screenplay Dairy Queens which was retitled and released in 1999 as Drop Dead Gorgeous.[2][5] She also wrote the original script for the 2001 film Sugar & Spice.[6], credited under the pseudonym Mandy Nelson.[7] She co-wrote the script of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.


  1. ^ a b Birth reference results from
  2. ^ a b c d e Carey, Tim (October 26, 1998). "Rosemount's Lona Williams Has Written Her Way to the Big Time With Scripts For Some of Television's Top Sitcoms and the News Movie, Dairy Queens.". St. Paul Pioneer Press. p. 1B.
  3. ^ Jim MacDonald (June 22, 1985). "There She Is". The Orlando Sentinel. p. A2.
  4. ^ Groening, Matt (1997). Richmond, Ray; Coffman, Antonia (eds.). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1st ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-06-095252-5. LCCN 98141857. OCLC 37796735. OL 433519M.. p. 95.
  5. ^ Jeff Vice (June 23, 1999). "Drop Dead Gorgeous". Deseret News. p. W03.
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (January 26, 2001). "All the right moves – These cheerleaders are made of more than 'Sugar & Spice'". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 29.
  7. ^ Louis Peitzman (July 22, 2014). ""Jesus Loves Winners": How "Drop Dead Gorgeous" Found Cult Success As A Flop". BuzzFeed.

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