Blame It on Rio
A former teen model, Michelle Johnson began acting at age 17 in the romantic comedy film, “Blame It on Rio” (1984), playing the memorable role of Michael Caine's love interest. She has since continued to add to her resume with meaty roles in the films "The Jigsaw Murders" (1988), "Waxwork" (1988), "Slipping Into Darkness" (1988), "Wishful Thinking" (1990), "Genuine Risk" (1990), "Driving Me Crazy" (1991), "Street Wars" (1992), "Far and Away" (1992), "Death Becomes Her" (1992), "Dr. Giggles" (1992), "Body Shot" (1993), "When the Bullet Hits the Bone" (1995), "Illicit Dreams" (1995), "The Donor" (1995), "Specimen" (1996), "The Glimmer Man" (1996), "Moving Target" (1996), and "Mickey" (2004).
On the small screen, Johnson has starred in numerous TV movies, including "Werewolf" (1987), "Blood Ties" (1991), "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" (1992), "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter" (1992), "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills" (1994), "Incident at Deception Ridge" (1994), and "Dallas: War of the Ewings" (1998). She also has guest-starred in such TV series as "Dallas," "The Love Boat," "Charles in Charge," "Moonlighting," "Tales from the Crypt," "Melrose Place," "Murder, She Wrote," and "The Outer Limits."
More personally, this 5' 10½" slender American beauty with 36C-26-36 measurements was married to professional baseball player Matt Williams from 1999 to 2002.
Childhood and Family:
In Anchorage, Alaska, Michelle Johnson was born on September 8, 1965 to a homemaker mother and a psychologist father. She attended Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Arizona from 1981 to 1984.
Johnson married Matt Williams, an All-Star third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball team, on January 15, 1999. She filed for divorce on July 15, 2002 due to irreconcilable differences and the divorce was finalized in the following year.
Slipping Into Darkness
Winning International Model of the Year in 1982, Michelle Johnson was signed by Wilhelmina, a top modeling agency and was featured in the fashion publication “W.” Her small photo on the magazine attracted the attention of director Stanley Donen, who would later offered her a starring role in the Sherwood Productions romantic comedy film, “Blame It on Rio” (1984). In the film that also stars Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Demi Moore, and Valerie Harper, she portrayed Bologna's daughter who became the love interest of her father's best friend (played by Caine). For her role, Johnson, who was underage when the movie was filmed, appeared completely naked in one scene of total frontal nudity. Her performance would later earned her a Razzie Award nomination for Worst New Star.
Following her motion-picture debut, Johnson left the Hollywood spotlight for awhile to study acting in New York City. During this time, she landed a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "The Love Boat," as well as guest spots in an episode of ABC prime time drama series "Hotel" and the CBS highly popular, long-running primetime television soap opera "Dallas."
She also appeared in the films "Gung Ho" (1986; aka "Working Class Man"), a Ron Howard comedy starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe, and "Ataque de los pájaros, El" (1987; aka. "Beaks: The Movie"), a suspense horror/drama by René Cardona Jr. in which she starred as Vanessa Cartwright, a television reporter trying to avoid becoming chicken feed while covering a story with her cameraman boyfriend (played by Christopher Atkins).
In the rest of the decade, Johnson starred in Jag Mundhra's thriller film "The Jigsaw Murders" (1988), playing Chad Everett's daughter Kathy, Anthony Hickox's dark comedy movie "Waxwork" (1988; with Zach Galligan and Deborah Foreman), playing one of the two college students invited to a special showing at a mysterious wax museum, and Eleanor Gaver's thriller feature "Slipping Into Darkness" (1988), starring as a spoiled college girl held responsible for a handicapped boy's (played by Neill Barry) death.
Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch her guest starring in an episode of the CBS/syndicated sitcom starring Scott Baio, "Charles in Charge," ABC comedy/mystery/romance TV series starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, "Moonlighting," as well as Fox network's action-adventure television series "Werewolf" and its TV movie version of the same name in 1987.
In the early 1990s, Johnson was cast in the films "Wishful Thinking" (1990), Murray Langston's independent piece in which she portrayed Murray Langston's love interest and a pretty bank teller who is taken hostage during a bank robbery, "Genuine Risk" (1990), a low-budgeted independent by Kurt Voss in which she acted opposite Terence Stamp and Peter Berg, and "Driving Me Crazy" (1991), a comedy by Jon Turteltaub in which she co-starred with Thomas Gottschalk and Billy Dee Williams.
Johnson continued to add to her resume with roles in the 1992 films "Street Wars," an action drama by Jamaa Fanaka starring Alan Wone, "Far and Away," an adventure-drama-romance by Ron Howard starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and "Death Becomes Her," an Academy Award-winning dark comedy by Robert Zemeckis starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, and Bruce Willis.
On the small screen, Johnson starred in "Blood Ties," a TV movie and failed pilot about a clan of Los Angeles vampires that first aired on the Fox network, as well as "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" (1992), a true story-based, Emmy-nominated drama/thriller TV movie in which she portrayed Dan Broderick's (played by Stephen Collins) second wife Linda Kolkena who would be murdered by Broderick's socialite first wife Betty (played by Meredith Baxter), and its sequel, "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter" (1992).
She also guest-starred on the HBO horror anthology television series "Tales from the Crypt," Fox primetime drama "Melrose Place," CBS television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury, "Murder, She Wrote," and Fox sitcom starring William Ragsdale, "Herman's Head."
Johnson subsequently appeared in Manny Coto's dark comedy-slasher film starring Larry Drake and Holly Marie Combs, "Dr. Giggles" (1992), playing Combs' stepmother Tamara, Dimitri Logothetis' thriller "Body Shot" (1993), starring as elusive pop singer Chelsea opposite Robert Patrick, and Damian Lee's action film "When the Bullet Hits the Bone" (1995), opposite Jeff Wincott and Douglas O'Keeffe.
By this time, she had starred in the 1994 TV movies "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills," a true story-based drama about the 1989 shotgun murders to Beverly Hills, California residents Jose and Kitty Menendez done by their sons Lyle and Erik Menendez, and "Incident at Deception Ridge," with Miguel Ferrer, Ian Tracey, Michael O'Keefe, and Ed Begley Jr.
During the mid 1990s, Johnson co-starred in with Andrew Stevens, Shannon Tweed, and Joseph Cortese in Andrew Stevens' independent romantic drama/thriller film "Illicit Dreams" (1995), with Emmanuelle Chriqui in Damian Lee's independent drama/thriller film "The Donor" (1995), and alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Douglas O'Keeffe in John Bradshaw's science fiction movie "Specimen" (1996).
She would continue acting in films during the rest of the decade, in John Gray's action film "The Glimmer Man" (1996; starring Steven Seagal, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Bob Gunton, and Brian Cox), Damian Lee's action/drama/thriller film "Moving Target" (1996; alongside Michael Dudikoff and Billy Dee Williams), Damian Lee's "Inner Action" (1997; with Douglas O'Keeffe), and Marc S. Grenier's thriller "Revenge" (1999; starring Alexandra Paul).
Johnson also co-starred with Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Larry Hagman in the dramatic TV movie "Dallas: War of the Ewings" (1998) and guest starred in an episode of the Showtime network anthology science fiction series "The Outer Limits."
During the new millennium, Johnson only made one film, "Mickey" (2004), a baseball drama directed by Hugh Wilson and written by John Grisham in which she played the female lead opposite Harry Connick Jr. and Shawn Salinas