Michelle Johnson (actress)
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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.
|Other names||Michelle Williams|
(m. 1999; div. 2002)
Early life and educationEdit
Johnson was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to mother Faye, a nurse, and father Don, who owned a furniture store: at age four, Johnson and her mother Faye relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where Faye married child psychologist Dr. Grant Johnson.
Michelle Johnson attended Alhambra High School from 1979 through 1983, graduating one semester early in January 1983.
At age 16, Johnson began doing fashion print work and was soon signed by the Wilhelmina agency in New York City. Director Stanley Donen spotted her in a photograph in the fashion biweekly W, 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 had since remained out of the public eye until returning to acting briefly in the digital media Christmas special Brat Holiday Spectacular (2018).
From January 15, 1999 through July 2002, Johnson was married to Major League Baseball player Matt Williams, of the Phoenix-based Arizona Diamondbacks. They resided primarily in Scottsdale, Arizona.
|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|
|Trabbi Goes to Hollywood||Ricki|
|Tales from the Crypt: Split Second||Liz|
|1992||A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story||Linda Kolkena Broderick|
|Death Becomes Her||Anna|
|Far and Away||Grace|
|Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter||Linda Kolkena Broderick|
|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|
|The Outer Limits||Ady Sutton||episode: First Anniversary|
|1998||Dallas: War of the Ewings||Jennifer Jantzen|
|2018||Brat Holiday Spectacular||Nellie (Eleanor Chambers)|
- Evans, Hilary (March 12, 1984). "Newcomer Michelle Johnson Raises Eyebrows—and Temperatures—in Blame It on Rio". People. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
- Pearlman, Jeff (2001-10-29). "Best supporting actress". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
- "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.
- Beale, Lauren (April 16, 2009). "Michelle Johnson sells Sunset Strip-area home for $4.1 million". Chicago Tribune.