Williams-Paisley in June 2008
|Born||Kimberly Payne Williams
September 14, 1971
Rye, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Kimberly Payne Williams
|Occupation||Actress, television director|
|Spouse(s)||Brad Paisley (m. 2003; 2 children)|
Kimberly Williams-Paisley (born September 14, 1971) is an American actress who is known for her co-starring role on According to Jim, as well as her breakthrough performance in Father of the Bride, for which she was nominated for several awards, and its sequel, Father of the Bride Part II.
Throughout her acting career, she has guest-starred on TV shows including Tales From The Crypt, George Lopez and Less Than Perfect. She is also well known for her roles in made-for-television films, including Safe House, The Christmas Shoes, and Lucky 7, and also her role as Laura Parker in Shade, a short film she also wrote and directed. Williams is married to country musician Brad Paisley, with whom she has two sons; actress Ashley Williams is her sister.
Kimberly Williams was born in Rye, New York, the daughter of Linda Barbara (née Payne), a fund-raiser, and Gurney Williams III, a health and science writer. She has a sister, Ashley, also an actress, and a brother, Jay. Williams has been in show business since the age of 13. In 1989 she directed the Rye High School Musical Revue. She left Northwestern University during her sophomore year to appear in the 1991 film version of Father of the Bride but returned to complete her degree in drama. While there she was a sister of the Alpha Phi sorority.
Williams-Paisley breakthrough role was Annie Banks in Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. She later appeared in Indian Summer (1993), Coldblooded (1995), The War at Home (1996), and in 1996 landed to lead role in ABC drama series Relativity. She won critical acclaim for her performance, but the series was canceled after 17 episodes due to low ratings. In 2000, Williams-Paisley starred as Virginia in the fantasy miniseries The 10th Kingdom.
From 2001 to 2008, Williams-Paisley played the role of Dana in the ABC sitcom According to Jim, opposite Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith. She left the show after its 7th season, but she came back for the show's final episode in 2009. On stage, Williams-Paisley replaced Arija Bareikis as Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, written by Alfred Uhry (of Driving Miss Daisy fame) sometime later in the play's February 1997 to June 1998 run. In 2000s, she also starred in number of made for television movies, and also guest starred on Less than Perfect, Boston Legal, and Royal Pains. In film, she starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in 2006 drama We Are Marshall.
In March 2003 Williams married country music singer Brad Paisley. On February 22, 2007, Williams-Paisley gave birth to her and Paisley's first child, a son named William Huckleberry Paisley, also known as "Huck," in Nashville, Tennessee. On April 17, 2009, they welcomed their second son, Jasper Warren Paisley.
|1991||Father of the Bride||Annie Banks|
|1993||Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon||Kim|
|1993||Indian Summer||Gwen Daugherty|
|1995||Father of the Bride Part II||Annie Banks-MacKenzie|
|1996||War at Home, TheThe War at Home||Karen Collier|
|1998||Safe House||Andi Travers|
|1998||Just a Little Harmless Sex||Allison|
|2002||Ten Tiny Love Stories||Five|
|2003||Shade||Laura Parker||Short film. Also producer, director, writer|
|2003||How to Go Out on a Date in Queens||Amy|
|2004||Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story||Michelle Brown||Television film. Also co-producer|
|2006||How to Eat Fried Worms||Mom|
|2006||We Are Marshall||Sandy Lengyel|
|2012||Eden Court||Bonnie Duncan|
|2014||Ask Me Anything||Margaret Spooner|
|1990||ABC Afterschool Special||Vanessa||Episode: "Stood Up!"|
|1994||Tales from the Crypt||Hiley Zeller||Episode: "The Bribe"|
|1996||Jake's Women||Molly||TV movie|
|1996||Relativity||Isabel Lukens||Series regular, 17 episodes|
|2000||10th Kingdom, TheThe 10th Kingdom||Virginia Lewis||TV miniseries|
|2001||Follow the Stars Home||Dianne Parker- McCune||TV Movie|
|2001–09||According to Jim||Dana||Series regular, 165 episodes. Also director (3 episodes)|
|2002||The Christmas Shoes||Maggie Elizabeth Andrews||TV Movie|
|2003||Lucky 7||Amy Myer||TV Movie. Also co-producer|
|2004||George Lopez||Vanessa Brooks||Episode: "E.I.? E.I. OH"|
|2005||Less than Perfect||Laura||Episode: "Get Away"|
|2008||Wonder Pets||Mama Armadillo (voice)||Episode: "Save the Armadillo"|
|2008||Boston Legal||Attorney Elisa Brooks||Episode: "Last Call"|
|2010||Amish Grace||Ida Graber||TV movie|
|2012||Royal Pains||Sam Chard||Episode: "Business and Pleasure"|
|2012–13||Nashville||Peggy Kenter||Recurring role, 20 episodes|
|2014||Two and a Half Men||Gretchen||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
As producer, writer, and/or director
|2004||Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story||Co-producer, also played the lead character|
|2006||Shade||Producer, director, writer|
|2001–09||According to Jim||Director, 3 episodes|
|2007||Numero Dos||Director, writer|
|2010||When Mom's Away||Executive producer|
Awards and nominations
- 2006: Won, "Crystal Heart Award for Best Dramatic Short Film" – Shade
- 2006: Won, "Vision Award for Best Short Film – Shade
- 1993: Nominated, "Best Breakthrough Performance" – Father of the Bride
- 1997: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Television Series" – Relativity
- 2006: Won, "Outstanding Acting & Directing" – Shade
- "Kimberly Williams Biography (1971–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- "Gurney Williams 3d, Yale '63, Weds Linda Payne in Mt. Kisco". The New York Times. June 25, 1967.
- "Kimberly Williams-Paisley Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- The Broadway League. "The Last Night of Ballyhoo | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Kimberly Williams-Paisley Getting Promoted To Regular On ABC's 'Nashville'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- "Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams Expecting". people.com. September 19, 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- CMT: News: Brad Paisley Announces Son's Name
- Brad Paisley (April 20, 2009). "The Paisleys Reveal Newborn Son's Name! – Babies, Brad Paisley". People.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
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- Official website
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley at the Internet Movie Database
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley at the Internet Broadway Database
- Official website of the short film, Shade, directed by Kimberly William-Paisley
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley on Twitter