McWilliams as Marcy Hill
April 4, 1945|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||February 11, 2010
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Multiple myeloma|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Keaton (1982–1990) (divorced)|
|Children||Sean (b. 1983)|
Caroline Margaret McWilliams (April 4, 1945 – February 11, 2010) was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Marcy Hill on the television series Benson and Sally on the television series Soap. McWilliams was a regular on the CBS soap, Guiding Light (as Janet Norris) for several years and also 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.
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 was a regular on Soap beginning in the second season in 1978. She then moved to 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 fiance 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 death