|Other names||Michelle Williams|
|Known for||Blame It on Rio|
The Love Boat
Death Becomes Her
(m. 1999; div. 2002)
Michelle Johnson (born September 9, 1965) is an American actress who portrayed Jennifer Lyons in the 1984 romantic comedy film Blame It on Rio, Jessica Cole in The Glimmer Man (1996), and Kim Carlisle in The Love Boat (1984-1985).
Early life and education
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 relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where her mother married child psychologist Dr. Grant Johnson. 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 nude in the film.
Johnson appeared in a number of roles over the next fifteen 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), Dr. Giggles (1992), 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 1999 until 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||Beaks: The Movie||Vanessa Cartwright|
|1988||The Jigsaw Murders||Kathy DaVonzo|
|Slipping Into Darkness||Carlyle|
|Trabbi Goes to Hollywood||Ricki|
|1992||Death Becomes Her||Anna|
|Far and Away||Grace|
|1993||Body Shot||Danielle Wild/Chelsea Savage|
|1995||Illicit Dreams||Melinda Ryan|
|The Donor||Dr. Lucy Flynn|
|When the Bullet Hits the Bone||Lisa|
|1996||The Glimmer Man||Jessica Cole|
|2018||Brat Holiday Spectacular||Nellie (Eleanor Chambers)|
|1984||Hotel||Kelly Branden||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|1985||Dallas||Rhonda Cummings||Episode: "The Verdict"|
|1985||Half Nelson||Linda Sawyer||Episode: "The Deadly Vase"|
|1984-1985||The Love Boat||Kim Carlisle||7 episodes|
|1987||Werewolf||Kelly Nichols||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1987||Charles in Charge||Joyce||Episode: "Her Brother's Keeper"|
|1989||Moonlighting||Michelle Hunziger||Episode: "Plastic Fantastic Lovers"|
|1989||Moonlighting||Michelle Hunziger (uncredited)||Episode: "Shirts and Skins"|
|1991||Blood Ties||Celia||tv movie|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Liz Kelly-Dixon||Episode: "Split Second"|
|1992||A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story||Linda Kolkena Broderick||tv movie|
|1992||Murder, She Wrote||Monica Chase||Episode: "Incident in Lot 7"|
|1992||Melrose Place||Perry Morgan||Episode: "For Love or Money"|
|1992||Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter||Linda Broderick||TV movie|
|1993||Melrose Place||Perry Morgan||Episode: "The Test"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Janet Fisk||Episode: "Ship of Thieves"|
|1993||Herman's Head||Aurora||Episode: "Trouble in Paradise"|
|1994||Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills||Lisa||TV movie|
|1994||Terror at Deception Ridge||Natalie Harris||TV movie|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Ady Sutton||Episode: "First Anniversary"|
|1998||Dallas: War of the Ewings||Jennifer Jantzen||TV movie|
- 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.