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Kelli Williams Actress

Kelli Williams

Kelli stars as "Dr. Natalie Durant" on NBC's series "Medical Investigation". Williams' character specializes in pathology and epidemiology and works under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Connor (Neal McDonough) whom she respects but is willing to challenge when they don’t agree. “Natalie is passionate about her job as well as the people she is constantly trying to save,” says Williams. The daughter of actress Shannon Wilcox, Williams started her career in entertainment when she was a baby starring in commercials. But it wasn’t until high school that she was discovered during a school play and got the acting bug. She is best known for her portrayal of Lindsay Dole on the hit drama “The Practice,” where she starred as one of the firm’s partners and wife of head partner Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott). In 2000, Williams starred in the TV movie “Flowers for Algernon,” opposite Matthew Modine. Based on the novel by Daniel Keyes, the film recounted the love story of a developmentally disabled bakery worker (Modine) who becomes part of a lab experiment and falls in love with his researcher (Williams). Williams made her feature-film debut in director Floyd Mutrux’ “There Goes My Baby,” opposite Dermot Mulroney and Noah Wyle. On the small screen, Williams was a series regular on the television drama “New York News” with Mary Tyler Moore. She also starred in such TV movies as “Mary and Tim,” “The Jim and Jennifer Stopla Story,” Ron Silver’s “Lifepod” and “For Their Own Good” (opposite Elizabeth Perkins and Laura San Giacomo). In addition she has guest-starred on numerous series, including NBC’s “Scrubs,” NBC’s “Law & Order” and “Party of Five.”

Kelli Williams was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, She saw the light of this world for the first time on 8th of June 1970. She always wanted to act, mainly because she grew up around it. Her mom, Shannon Wilcox, is an actress so it's no wonder Kelli have grown to like acting as it had huge influence on her. Her father John Williams is a plastic surgeon.
Kelli attended elementary school at the Lycee Francais, where an older classmate was Jodie Foster. She then went to Beverly Hills High where she took some acting classes. Kelli has said in numerous interviews that she basically went to Beverly high because of acting. They used cameras and filmed each other in scenes which for Kelli was really great experience. In fact she got her very first agent as a teen on the strength of a school play performance at Beverly Hills High. Her family had lots of animals, one of them was a goat named Kiddo that saved Kelli's life when she was 10. Her parents divorced when she was only 13. She has one brother and 2 half brothers. Kelli earned her Screen Actors Guild card before her first birthday by appearing in a diapers commercial. Kelli started acting full time at 18.

Kelli got married to writer, Ajay Sahgal, in 1996. She gave birth to their son a week after they wrapped season 2 of The Practice. Kiran Ram (Kiran is the Hindu word for "ray of light") was born in May 1998. Kelli likes simple things. Her favorite favourite Hindu god – Ganesh, "the remover of obstacles".
Kelli Williams daughter Samare was born on February 3, 2001 with Down Syndrome and is also deaf. She gave birth to her 3rd child, a son on 11 July 2003. The baby's name is Ravi Lyndon Sahgal. During the second season of "The Practice", Kelli became pregnant with her first child. The pregnancy was not written into the show, and so writers gave her character the job of re-decorating the law office...easily hiding her expanding belly behind tables and paintings. By the time the fifth season came around, Ms. Williams became pregnant once again, but this time 'Lindsay' was newly married to senior partner 'Bobby' and writers were able to fit it into the storyline. In the show's seventh season, Kelli became 'pregos' once again, and although her on-screen marraige was still on (but hanging by a thread), producers failed to make 'Lindsay' pregnant.

 

Kelli Williams Makes ''The Practice'' perfect

According to Kelli Williams, her hit series, The Practice, is one of those shows that gets people talking - sometimes at inopportune times. "It's weird when you're in the dentist chair and you're asked about your castmates," says the 29-year-old actress, who plays the ardent attorney Lindsay Dole on the Emmy-winning drama. "Meanwhile, your mouth is wide open and you can't talk."

And what's the most commonly asked question? "What's it like to kiss Dylan McDermott?" Williams says instantly, referring to the impossibly handsome actor who plays Bobby Donnell, her colleague and current love interest on the show. So, what is it like? "He's a good kisser, sure," admits Williams, "but not as good as my husband." An appropriate answer, considering Williams has been happily married to writer Ajay Sahgal for three years and the couple has a year-and-a-half-old son, Kiran.

Last year Lindsay and Bobby rubbed more than just briefcases, a situation complicated by the fact that Lindsay's roommate is Bobby's ex-lover, Helen (played by Lara Flynn Boyle). Are we sure this isn't some plan cooked up to let Bobby have both gorgeous ladies at once? "We keep joking about that," laughs Williams. "There was one line from the script where Lara says, 'You remember our experimental days in college?' and I was like, Oh no, where is this leading? I guess we'll see."

Kelli Williams famous friends and food fights


Given her background, it's not suprising Williams ended up on a hit TV show. She grew up in Bel Air, California, across the street from Sonny and Cher ("Chastity hit me in the eye once with a softball"). A Williams' acting fever kicked in as a student at Beverly Hills High School, where she played Juliet to a surfer dude Romeo (General Hospital's Steve Burton) and occasionally gave co-thespian Monica Lewinsky rides home from rehearsal.

While Lewinsky incorporated her flair for drama into her real life, Williams saved hers for the screen, landing small parts on Law & Order and Party of Five before landing her big break on The Practice. And while she loves the intensity of playing a serious lawyer, her favorite part of the job is when she gets to goof off a little - like last season's catfight with Camryn Manheim's character and the whipped-cream battle between Lindsay and Helen. "I was so nice to Lara with the whipped cream. I didn't get her that badly at all - only on her clothes - but then she got me all over the face. We had a blast," she says.

And while she had fun with the whipped cream, she admits there's an entirely different food experience that bothers her. "I always think I have food in my teeth," she says. "I actually had food in my teeth at my wedding. My husband told me afterward. He said that any time he thought he was going to start crying, he'd think, Don't cry. Look at the food."

Kelli Williams stars in the new movie '' A Boyfriend for Christmas''

Kelly Williams has done a long list of TV movies, as well as guest appearances before and during her run as Lindsay Dole Donnell on ABC's "The Practice". In the summer of 2003, her critically acclaimed seven year stint on the show ended, and she has since signed for guest spots on different series, and began filming her next TV movie, "A Boyfriend for Christmas" opposite real-life mother Shannon Wilcox and former TV-father-in-law, Charles Durning.

A schoolgirl’s wish for a boyfriend is a long time coming for Holly Grant…say, twenty years. But today, as an attorney working for the little guy, she’s made a career out of making the wishes of others come true—until an old crush returns from the past in this disarming romantic fantasy of mistaken identity, providence, and just plain good fortune.
In every person’s heart is a dream for true love. Take Holly Grant (Kelli Williams, The Practice)—at age 13, she’s missing what her two best friends Beth (Erica Gimpel, Freaky Friday) and Diane (Maeve Quinlan, General Hospital) have, and she’s feeling miserably ill-informed about the opposite sex. With no boyfriend on Christmas Eve, her life is totally lacking. For things to get better, it’s going to take a miracle.

Beth has snagged the high school quarterback and the insanely popular, fashion-conscious Diane levels all competition with nothing more than a smile. Isn’t it Holly’s turn? Then one day at the mall, Holly sees an adorable boy (Patrick Muldoon, Starship Troopers), a dream come true—and she doesn’t even know his name. Goaded by a department store Santa (Golden Globe winner Charles Durning, Dog Day Afternoon), she wishes for the young man who caught her eye. Not that Holly believed in Christmas wishes, but she’s still disappointed when she finds the only present under the tree from Santa is a snow globe, inscribed with a promise of love “between now and the end of the twentieth year.” Twenty years? An eternity! Then again, life seems to unfold before we know it.

At 33, Ms. Grant fights pro bono in court for the little guy—this time, a mother trying to regain custody of her kids. With Christmas around the corner, it’d be a nice gift if Holly could count on her legal counsel to show up in court. He’s some hotshot attorney named Ryan Hayes whom Holly’s never met and yet can’t stand—or so she thinks. At least she can count on her best friends Beth and Diane—one married, one still playing the field—to provide the support she needs, and she needs it. Her old beau, Ted Powell (Bruce Thomas, Legally Blonde), has shown up out of the blue to rekindle a flame—and then a new beau has come gift-wrapped, just like Santa promised twenty years ago. He calls himself Doug, but there’s something strangely familiar about him. If Holly ever guessed his real identity, she never speak to Santa again. It appears that Ryan Hayes has his work cut out for him. He’s got an in with the big guy up North, and this Christmas he’s planning to make one lady’s wish finally come true.

Are you wishing for a delightfully disarming magical romance? Throw in a case of mistaken identity, a touch of providence, and the promise of destiny, and unwrap A Boyfriend for Christmas this season. It’s the happiest surprise of the year.

 

Williams' acting fever kicked in as a student at Beverly Hills High School, where she played Juliet to a surfer dude Romeo (General Hospital's Steve Burton) and occasionally gave co-thespian Monica Lewinsky rides home from rehearsal.

While Lewinsky incorporated her flair for drama into her real life, Williams saved hers for the screen, landing small parts on Law & Order and Party of Five before landing her big break on The Practice. And while she loves the intensity of playing a serious lawyer, her favorite part of the job is when she gets to goof off a little - like last season's catfight with Camryn Manheim's character and the whipped-cream battle between Lindsay and Helen. "I was so nice to Lara with the whipped cream. I didn't get her that badly at all - only on her clothes - but then she got me all over the face. We had a blast," she says.

And while she had fun with the whipped cream, she admits there's an entirely different food experience that bothers her. "I always think I have food in my teeth," she says. "I actually had food in my teeth at my wedding. My husband told me afterward. He said that any time he thought he was going to start crying, he'd think, Don't cry. Look at the food."


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