Caroline McWilliams

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Caroline McWilliams
Caroline McWilliams.jpg
McWilliams as Marcy Hill
Born Caroline Margaret McWilliams
(1945-04-04)April 4, 1945
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died February 11, 2010(2010-02-11) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Multiple myeloma
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actress
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 in the television series Benson.[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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 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 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[2]

McWilliams appeared in two major motion pictures:

Illness and death[edit]

Caroline McWilliams died from multiple myeloma at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 11, 2010, aged 64.[3]


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