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Kimberly currently stars as "Dana" on ABC's comedy series "According To Jim". Kimberly Williams began her career doing commercials and appearing in the ABC After School Special Stood Up as a teenager. As a sophomore at Northwestern University, she was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls for the coveted role of Steve Martin's daughter in the remake of Father of the Bride. Despite her auspicious debut, Williams returned to Northwestern to complete her degree. "I was already part of a group of people on a journey and I wanted to complete the trip. I also wanted to study theater in-depth and establish a foundation on which to build my career," she explains. While at Northwestern she did, however, find time for a starring role in Touchstone Picture's ensemble comedy drama, Indian Summer. After college, Williams resumed her acting career, winning critical praise as Isabel Lukens in the series Relativity, created by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. She also starred in Touchstone's The War at Home, and reprised her role with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in Father of the Bride Part II. She starred in Cold Blooded, appeared in Neil Simon's Jake's Women — a critically-acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame production — and starred in Samuel Beckett is Coming Soon. A few years ago Williams was seen in the 10-hour mini-series The Tenth Kingdom. She also appeared on the big screen again; first, in the independent romantic comedy Just a Little Harmless Sex, and then in Simpatico, a filmed adaptation of the Sam Shephard play. She also starred in the movie Follow The Stars Home and The Christmas Shoes. She will be seen in the indie flicks, Ten Tiny Love Stories and How to Go On a Date In Queens. On stage, Williams appeared in the Los Angeles run of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, opposite Phylicia Rashad and Carol Kane, and performed off-Broadway in the same show. Williams' other stage credits include her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Best Drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the 1998 Geffen Playhouse production of All in the Timing in Los Angeles. She made her London stage debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow. Williams is actively involved with the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation as a spokesperson. She is also on the Board of Directors at ECU, Earth Communication Office. Kimberly was born on September 14, 1971 in Rye, New York.
More fun stuff about Kimberly Williams
She is 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Her spouse is country music star Brad Paisley (15 March 2003 - present)
She dated tennis star Pete Sampras. [May 1997-1999]
She graduated Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
She is Member of Alpha Phi sorority at Northwestern University.
She is sister of Ashley Williams, who currently appears on the NBC sitcom '' Good Morning Miami''
She is added Paisley to her name so she is now known as Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
Her wedding was featured in the February 2004 issue of In Style Magazine, and also on the ABC special, Celebrity Weddings: In Style (1999) (TV).
She hosted parts II and IV of CMT's 100 Greatest Songs of Country Countdown
She appears in Brad Paisley's music video "I'm Gonna Miss Her"
Husband Brad Paisley says that Kim is the basis for his song "Little Moments" and she appears in Brad Paisley's video for "Little Moments"
Currently(November, 2003) Kim is writing a series of colums for Redbook magazine about life as a married woman.
Kimberly Williams says 'I do' to real Hollywood diet
With the June wedding season drawing near, many soon-to-be-brides and grooms are looking to divorce themselves of a few extra pounds. Fortunately for them, there's a Hollywood diet plan that won't create a waistline scandal or leave their taste buds feeling annulled.
For many who want to look good in a honeymoon swimsuit, hyped Hollywood diets seem like the perfect match. But actress Kimberly Williams, who starred with Steve Martin in Father of the Bride, follows a common-sense marriage of low-fat food and modest exercise.
"Believe me, there's nothing magical about how I eat and exercise," says Williams, fresh from her starring role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation Follow the Stars Home.
Albuquerque bariatrician Dr. Mark Holland says diets that connect the words "Hollywood" and "diet" hold "an almost eerily powerful cache."
"The appeal is that people see magical things on the screen and want to believe that there is some magical Hollywood transformation that can change years of poor eating habits and a lack of exercise into someone who looks like Williams overnight," he says
Kimberly Williams' Hollywood tips
Although she was raised in Illinois, Williams incorporates a couple of her own unique California-influenced twists in her own successful Hollywood diet:
• Macrobiotic-style local fresh food —"Whenever possible I shop in local farmer's markets because I know the foods are fresh and they taste better," says Williams.
• Full spectrum vegetables —"By eating at least one serving of each of five colors you get a wide range of valuable phytonutrients," says Williams. Yellow squash, carrots, broccoli, red peppers, and purple-tinged kale are some of her staples. Each contains potent antioxidants and a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals, according to the highly referenced Foods that Fight Disease.
• No white flour or white sugar — Highly processed and nutrient-poor white flour and white sugar contain little more than calories. Williams also restricts her coffee, "trying to limit it to when I need a fast boost on a long or late-running shoot."
Kimberly Williams' Successful Exercise
Exercise is key in losing weight, says Holland. "It helps when you prompt the body regularly to burn calories."
Williams avoids boredom — the most common pitfall to consistent exercise — by varying her exercise regimen. Aerobic workouts, weight training, kickboxing, and the occasional beach run are balanced by more centering practices like Pilates work and yoga disciplines.
On location, Williams adapts to keep her diet and exercise plan on track. "There are few hotels that can't serve you fish and steamed vegetables. I'll walk around the block a few times or up and down the halls if it's winter, and use the hotel gym and pool."
She even brings yoga instruction along, using her portable CD player to take her through Shiva Rea's Yoga Sanctuary: A Guided Hatha Yoga Practice.
All of which keeps her in just the right shape for her bridal dress - whenever she may need it.
"I may look the part, but I wouldn't count on a June wedding this year," she laughs.
Kimberly Williams-Paisley plays in the new movie ''Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story''
The lovely actress has a hit television sitcom on ABC, a new movie for Lifetime Television, a country western music super star for a husband and a personality that wins her fans. She's blessed!
Some things are normally a given. If you wash your car, it will rain. If you want the check to come in the mail tomorrow, the post office will conveniently lose it for a few days. And if a television movie about identify theft pops up on your television screen because of a surfing mistake, it won't stay on long because it will be boring after ten minutes -- but that is so NOT TRUE in the case of “Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story,” which will debut on Lifetime Monday, November 1 at 9pm. It is a thriller that plays out like a theatrical hit.
Michelle Brown was a normal, hard-working young woman who really believed that the American dream was available to her because she played by the rules and established superb credit before she was thirty. That dream went out the window when a secretary stole her credit application at a finance company in order to bankroll a better lifestyle for herself. Before long, the thief wanted much more than just new material possessions. She wanted to be just like Brown so much that she was willing to lie, cheat and steal in order to pay for plastic surgery. And that's why this new movie plays out more like “Single White Female” than a normal "cause of the week" film.
Annabella Sciorra delivers an Emmy-worthy turn as the possessed secretary who went way too far to fashion a new future. Sciorra resembles in every frame a crazed psycho one event away from becoming a lethal weapon. Kimberly Williams-Paisley was the perfect choice to play Brown. She looks so pure, so harmless, so kind in real life that to see her turn into an angry victim capable of finding her own justice adds to the excitement. She was not just frustrated and depressed over the situation, she was ready to do whatever it took to end the nightmare.
I had a chance to talk with Kimberly last week about the movie and her fun life with husband Brad Paisley, an award-winning country music star who knows that his best fan is also his wife. The happy couple still find time to help other people in this world have better lives even though actress duties on ABC's “According to Jim” keep Kimberly busy while her husband entertains his fans with concerts and personal appearances all over America. They champion the Shjon Podein Children's Foundation (SPCF) and the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society (XPS), two organizations that try to help children and their families deal with rare diseases that often go overlooked because cancer, heart disease and AIDS get the headlines. The Paisleys are good people who are just trying to make a difference. Enjoy the interview.
The Kimberly Williams-Paisley Interview
I enjoyed your new Lifetime film. Annabelle got caught up in her character and did a terrific job.
I know. I think she's wonderful in it. I really had a terrific time working on this with her. It's funny, because she hardly talked to me for the first two weeks on the set and I said, "Uh oh, She doesn't like." I think she was just getting into her method acting and just wanted to do her own thing. I just admire her so much for committing to this character the way she did.
I could tell her character was disturbed the first time she appeared on screen. I liked the scene that her answer your phone call with the stolen name. You looked horrified, frightened when you heard her voice.
Yes, absolutely, because it is frightening. When she realizes how far this woman has gone. I know that Michelle Brown was very scared. I think she was afraid for her life and I wanted to convey that. I'm glad that came across.
It came across. You also got to work with a terrific actor who has been in a lot of productions, John Kapelos.
He was a real sweetheart. I really did enjoy working with him. I never worked with him before.
If you ever work with him again, get him to play some of his music for you. Speaking of music, I see you on TV in clips from concerts with your husband. How did a New York girl get hooked on country?
I love watching Brad on stage. I've seen the show so many times. What I actually like even more than watching him is watching the audience reacting to him. I can see the delight in their eyes. I can see them singing along to the words. I can tell when there is a song they haven't heard before. I love watching the show through their eyes, so a lot of times I'll sit on the side stage and spy on them.
I'm very proud of Brad. He is just an incredible performer. I love watching him in his element. I think he's more at home on stage than almost anywhere.
I grew up in New York. There isn't a country station there, or certainly wasn't one I listened to. It's not that I didn't like country music, I was just not exposed to it at all. Now I'm a fan of country music for sure. I have a country music station programmed into my car. I listen to it and I also listen to a lot of other things. Brad's my favorite country music artist.
I can tell that from hearing the delight in your voice. Back to the movie for a moment, did you get to talk with Miss Brown or meet her before doing the movie?
I did not meet her before. Within the first couple of days of shooting, I was able to talk to her on the phone, which was very helpful.
I also watched a lot of her interviews she did on television. I read articles about her. I wanted to know why she wanted to tell the story apart from her getting compensated financially. I just wanted to know why it was important for her to get the story out. She basically said that she wanted to raise awareness about identity theft and help other people protect themselves because for her, it was a quagmire of papers and red tape and phone calls that lead nowhere. She just felt like she was completely alone in the process. I think she was hoping with this story that she'd be able to help other people know where to go, to know the proper channels.
Because of Michelle Brown's testimony in D.C. about her story, legislation was just passed that helps protect identity theft victims. It has a harsher punishment for identity theft crimes. She has really done some good out of her difficult story.
This movie should draw attention to the crime and show viewers how important it is to protect private information of any kind. With all of the demands on your and Brad's time, do you still have time to help some of the worthy causes.
I'm doing a lot of work with the A-T Children's Project, which is in conjunction with the Shjon Podein Children's Foundation. They basically help kids with lesser known diseases like Ataxia. I've also been involved with the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society . XP is another very rare disease. My husband and I have been much more involved with those organizations than the larger ones really.
Shjon Podein is a hockey player. He's the one that hooked me up with his organizations. I was watching a news show on TV about children with XP and was so moved that I wrote a short film about it. After I sent the script to the XP Society to get their thoughts and to fact check my details, we became friends. I just directed it and starred in it. I've really been involved in the XP Society lately.
Rare diseases only become large problems for societies that ignore them.
If they could approve stem cell research and start moving on some of these things, I think they could find a cure for Parkinson's. I think when they find a cure for a disease like Parkinson's, it will only help these little orphan diseases that don't have federal funding right now because they're so rare.
Unfortunately, it's a political football.
Oh, I know.
That'll slow things down.
I know, but it might be one of those things that a few years from now we look back on and say "What was the issue?" Look at all the things we've gotten because of stem cell research.
I think you're right. Any attention you can bring to the diseases because of your celebrity status is a career bonus worth more than the money.
It has really become one of the most important things in my life right now. It's the most fulfilling thing. It's the most rewarding. When I look at my career, I can say, "I'm so glad I have this career because it means I can help these people in this way or I can create awareness or whatever I can do." That's when I'm even more thankful that people know who I am.
The bigger your clout is when you've got that kind of heart, your clout will grow. Your stardom will grow because you're using it for the right reasons.
I agree with you.
Helping sick children is important work.
Absolutely. We can give them some hope or some excitement in their life that they wouldn't normally have. It is really a neat gift to be able to give that.
I appreciate your time today. You did a nice job in this film. Thanks for sharing with me.
Kimberly Williams' fairytale story
Since being plucked from obscurity to star in Father of the Bride, Kimberly Williams has lived a showbiz fairytale. Clive King of The Times finds that she hasn't finished dreaming yet.
If Kimberly Williams had a catchphrase, it would have to be: "It was a dream come true." Ever since she was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to play the prenuptial heroine of the 1991 hit movie Father of the Bride, the American actress finds she has to use it all the time.
Since that first movie, in which she starred with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, Williams has made eight films, appeared on Broadway, starred in a television show and will shortly be seen as the lead in The 10th Kingdom, a ten-part mini-series to be screened on Sky One. Add her forthcoming West End debut to the list, and you realise that there is more than a touch of the fairytale to Williams's career.
Taking a break from rehearsals for Speed-the-Plow, a major new production of David Mamet's satire on Hollywood power-play, Williams is warm and friendly, apologising between coughs for her heavy cold. Even prettier and more petite in person than on screen, at 28 she appears to have barely aged since Steve Martin walked her down the aisle almost a decade ago.
The eldest child of a writer father and school fund raiser mother, Williams grew up in New York. As a child she appeared in several television commercials and at 18 began a drama course at Northwestern University, Illinois. In her second year, Williams won that first "dream role", in Father of the Bride. After filming, she astounded Tinseltowners by hopping on a plane back to college and her unfinished degree. "I don't think that I even realised I was turning my back on Hollywood," she claims. "For me, it was never really an option not to go back to school."
After graduating in 1993 Williams returned to Los Angeles and appeared in several independent films. Then came the inevitable Father of the Bride Part II. But Williams admits that she was a little reluctant to revisit the role four years down the line. "Everyone still saw me as just The Bride at that point and I was anxious to break out of that role," she explains.
In her quest to do that, Williams belives British directors have been more ready to recognise her versatility than their American counterparts. "Perhaps because they don't know me quite so well as the girl from Father of the Bride, the Brits are more willing to try me out in different parts," she says.
Her opinion is based on her experience last year acting in the upcoming British drama Elephant Juice. "I play a very different kind of role to The Bride," says Williams. "I have bleached-blonde hair and dark roots. And the character is grounded, earthy, wears a leather jacket with big boots and has a baby, but she's not married."
Any lingering traces of The Bride were finally laid to rest with Simpatico, Matthew Warchus's recent film adaptation of Sam Shepard's 1994 play. Williams portrayed the younger version of Sharon Stone's character, Rosie. Asked if the two actresses discussed the role they were to share on screen, Williams makes a face then smiles wryly. "You would have thought so," she replies, carefully. "But Sharon was . . . very busy."
One Simpatico co-star she did spend time with, at uncomfortably close quarters, was Albert Finney. As part of a plot to blackmail Finney's character, Rosie allows him to brutally ravage her while they are secretly photographed through a two-way mirror.
"That was tough," Williams says. "But I give Matthew Warchus and Albert full credit. The three of us sat down and discussed in detail what was going to happen, what people would see and wouldn't see. Matthew wanted to find a way of doing it that we all felt comfortable with. Then Albert took me around the corner and said, 'Look, I'm padded.' He put my hand on his crotch and said, 'Just so you know, I can't feel a thing.' At first I was shocked but I'm so glad he did that, because it helped me to cross that bridge and do the scene."
In 1996 Williams won the lead in Relativity, a primetime television drama from the producers of Thirtysomething. But even though it was fêted by critics, the show lasted just one season. "It was so frustrating going to work not knowing if we were continuing or not," sighs Williams. "I never knew if it was going to be seven years of my life or just seven months."
Relativity's failure may have been a blessing. Williams prefers to work in film and theatre rather than television. "Because TV happens so fast, I feel a sense of panic," she explains. Yet, despite the misgivings, she could not resist the offer to star in The 10th Kingdom alongside Dianne Wiest, Jimmy Nail and Rutger Hauer. Penned by Simon Moore (Gulliver's Travels), it is an exhilarating journey into the dark side of bedtime stories.
"Simon has woven together all the old fairytales and updated them, exploring what happened after Happily Ever After," explains Williams, whose character Virginia is a New York waitress thrust into a parallel world inhabited by trolls, talking dogs and evil stepmothers.
While filming The 10th Kingdom, Williams met her current boyfriend, an actor whose identity she politely refuses to disclose. "But it's good and I'm very happy," she says. "I just don't want to make a story out of it."
Her reticence is understandable. Williams suffered two years of camera-bulbs flashing each time she ventured out with her former boyfriend, tennis player Pete Sampras. Despite tabloid speculation that marriage was on the cards, the pair broke up last year. "It's hard to have long-distance relationships," says Williams. "And I've always been kind of a private person, so I tried to keep a lot of it out of the public eye. That helped me to retain some sort of sanity."
In 1997, Williams made her Broadway debut in the play Last Night of Ballyhoo. "I had grown up walking along Broadway and looking at the marquees," she remembers. "To know I was going to actually perform there was exciting, but intimidating. People have a lot more respect for theatre actors than for film actors and I had to show that I was capable of doing both."
She is about to prove the point again, in Peter Gill's production of Speed-the-Plow. Williams plays the role first played by Madonna in the original New York production of Mamet's 1988 drama. Karen is a temp assigned to work for movie producer Bobby Gould (Mark Strong) on the day that Bobby is pitched a sure-fire idea for a blockbuster movie by his grovelling colleague Charlie (Patrick Marber). The seemingly naive secretary tries to persuade Bobby to pursue a different project, based on a weighty novel about the end of the world. Though unversed in the ways of Hollywood, she tries to outplay the players by using the idea herself.
"The message of the play is that there isn't a lot of room for morality in the movie business," explains Williams. "Someone who has grand ideas and wants to remain pure simply doesn't belong there."
I wonder if Mamet's portrait of an industry run by self-important Philistines tallies with her own experience. She laughs. "Oh, yes. I recently told some producers in L.A. that I was doing Speed-the-Plow and they all said, 'Oh my God, I love that play!' Now, having studied it, I want to go back and ask them what they like about it. Is it that they see themselves in it — or maybe that they don't and they should? They all seem to love it, just because it's about Hollywood."
Williams confesses that she longs to play Juliet and to write a book or a play. "I'd also love to direct but right now I'm still trying to become a better actor. I'm not quite ready for that yet."
It can only be a matter of time. After all, Kimberly Williams's dreams have a habit of coming true.