Bree Williamson

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Bree Williamson
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 39)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada [1]
Other namesBree Roberts
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Josh Evans
(m. 2005;div. 2007)

Michael Roberts
(m. 2008)
Children1

Bree Williamson Roberts (born December 28, 1979) is a Canadian actress.

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Career

After graduating from Bayview Glen School, she completed her education at the University of Toronto. She played the role of Jessica Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from February 5, 2003 until the series cancelation in 2012. The character is the daughter of original character Viki Lord Buchanan (played by Daytime Emmy Award-winner Erika Slezak since 1971), and gave Williamson the opportunity to portray Jessica's alternate personalities "Tess", from 2005 to 2006 and again starting in 2008 and 2011.

Bayview Glen School

Bayview Glen School is a private school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada established in 1962. It is Toronto's academically invigorating, internationally connected, coeducational Preschool-through-Grade-12 independent school. The school is located in North York on Duncan Mill Road near the intersection of Don Mills Road and York Mills Road.

University of Toronto university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The University of Toronto is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed the present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises eleven colleges, which differ in character and history, each with substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs. It has two satellite campuses in Scarborough and Mississauga.

Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Eugenia Buchanan is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. She is the daughter of original heroine Victoria Lord and Clint Buchanan. The character is the fraternal twin sister of Natalie Buchanan, and is born on-screen in the episode first-run September 23, 1986, with the birth year later revised to 1978.

Williamson had previously auditioned for a role on OLTL but was rejected because of her resemblance to actress Erin Torpey, who was playing Jessica Buchanan on the show at the time. When Torpey resigned in January 2003, Williamson was remembered by the casting department and offered the role of Jessica.[ citation needed ]

Erin Catherine Torpey is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Jessica Buchanan, Megan Buchanan Rappaport, and Erin on One Life to Live.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Williamson was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role of Jessica. [2] In 2009, Williamson appeared as Brandeis on Gossip Girl in the episode "The Grandfather: Part II"; she reprised the role in the 2010 episode "The Empire Strikes Jack". In 2012, Williamson joined the cast of Haven as Dr. Claire Callahan for Season 3, which began airing in September 2012. In 2013, Williamson appeared in flashbacks as Vivian Banks, the murder victim in the NBC TV series Deception . [3]

The Daytime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the New York–based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. Ceremonies generally are held in May or June.

The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given to honor an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the daytime drama industry.

<i>Gossip Girl</i> American television series

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In 2015, Williamson appeared as April Littleton, a famous photographer going back to her hometown, in Portrait of Love, which premiered on Hallmark Channel on March 7. [3] On May 26, 2016, it was announced that Williamson would originate the role of Claudette Beaulieu on July 5, 2016, on General Hospital . [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Hallmark Channel American cable television network

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<i>General Hospital</i> American daytime television medical drama

General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. Same-day broadcasts as well as classic episodes were aired on SOAPnet from January 20, 2000, to December 31, 2013, following Disney-ABC's decision to discontinue the network. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.

Personal life

On December 29, 2005 Williamson married Josh Evans. In the July 3, 2007 edition of Soap Opera Digest , she announced that she and Evans had separated in June 2007; they later divorced. In the September 2006 issue of ABC Soaps in Depth , Williamson revealed she had just received her green card and proudly proclaimed, "Now you can't kick me out!" [9]

<i>Soap Opera Digest</i> weekly magazine covering American daytime soap operas

Soap Opera Digest is a weekly magazine covering American daytime soap operas. It features onscreen and offscreen news about the series, interviews with and articles about performers, storyline summaries and analysis, and related promotional information. Founded in 1975, the magazine has historically included certain prime time soap operas in its coverage as well.

In 2006 Williamson was a co-host for the Planned Parenthood Awards, which honor individuals and organizations for "their contributions to protecting women's rights." [10] She also appeared in a public service announcement for breast cancer awareness. [11] [12] In 2008, Williamson married Michael Roberts. [13] On September 21, 2010, Williamson and Roberts welcomed their first child, McGreggor Edward Roberts. [14]

Planned Parenthood a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health services in the United States and internationally

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), or Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally. It is a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) and a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942.

A public service announcement (PSA) is a message in the public interest disseminated without charge, with the objective of raising awareness of, and changing public attitudes and behavior towards, a social issue. In the UK, they are generally called 'public information films' (PIFs); in Hong Kong, they are known as 'announcements in the public interest' ('APIs').

Breast cancer cancer that originates in the mammary gland

Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin.

Filmography

Film and television roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Carol AnneEpisode: "School's Out"
2001 Doc N/AEpisode: "You Gotta Have Heart"
2001 Earth: Final Conflict VictimEpisode: "Termination"
2002 Odyssey 5 Kid #2Episode: "Kitten"
2002 Mutant X Miranda DavisEpisode: "Crossroads of the Soul"
2002 National Lampoon's Adam & Eve AndreaFilm
2003–12 One Life to Live Jessica Buchanan Regular role (667 episodes)
2009–10 Gossip Girl BrandeisEpisodes: "The Grandfather: Part II", "The Empire Strikes Jack"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Amber DonelliEpisode: "Gods & Insects"
2012 Haven Claire CallahanRecurring role (season 3; 11 episodes)
2013 Deception Vivian BowersRecurring role (6 episodes)
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Becca SabinEpisode: "Dead of the Class"
2013Sins of the PreacherDebbie MartinTelevision movie
2014 True Detective JenniferEpisode: "The Locked Room"
2014 Hell's Kitchen HerselfSeason 12 Episode 18: "5 Chefs Compete"
2015A Mother BetrayedLisaTelevision movie
2015 Chicago Fire Beth PridgenEpisodes: "Call It Paradise," "Headlong Toward Disaster"
2015Portrait of LoveApril LittletonTelevision movie (Hallmark Channel)
2016 General Hospital Claudette Beaulieu Recurring role
2016 A Beginner's Guide to Snuff JenniferFilm
2017Mommy's Little BoyBriana WilsonTelevision movie
2017The Wrong NannyMeredithTelevision movie
2017 Private Eyes Melanie ParkerRecurring role

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitleResultRef.
2009
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated
[15]
2010
Nominated
[16]
2011
Nominated
[17]
2016
Fear AwardsBest Actress (Jury Prize) A Beginner's Guide to Snuff Won

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References

  1. Flynn, Lauren, "Easy Bree-zy." Soap Opera Digest , Vol. 33, No. 10, March 4, 2008, page 46-49. Though the IMDb.com Bree Williamson biography puts her birthday in December 1981, Williamson states in this March 2008 article that she is 28, putting her birthday in December 1979.
  2. Branco, Nelson (May 14, 2009). "The Suds Report: May 14, 2009". TVGuide.sympatico.msn.ca. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
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  7. Levinsky, Mara (June 17, 2016). "FULL INTERVIEW: BREE WILLIAMSON ON JOINING GH". Soap Opera Digest . United States: American Media, Inc. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  8. SOD (June 27, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT GH'S BREE WILLIAMSON PROMO". Soap Opera Digest . United States: American Media, inc. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  9. ABC Soaps in Depth , September 2006.
  10. "Planned Parenthood Honors Dedication to Women's Health and Rights". PlannedParenthood.org. March 30, 2006. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  11. "Bree Williams public service announcement". United States: National Breast Cancer Foundation (United States).
  12. Bree Williams public service announcement - Google Video Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  13. "One Life to Live's Bree Williamson Ties The Knot!e". Soaps.com . United States: SheKnows Media. November 7, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  14. People Magazine Staff (September 23, 2010). "Bree Williamson Welcomes Son McGreggor Edward". People . New York City: Time Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
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Preceded by
Erin Torpey
Jessica Buchanan on One Life to Live
2003-2012
Succeeded by
Nadine Jacobson