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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 July 1958London, England, UK
Birth NameTonya Maxine Williams
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tonya Lee Williams was born on July 12, 1958 in London, England as Tonya Maxine Williams. She is an actress and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Polka Dot Door (1971) and Poor Boy's Game (2007). She was previously married to Robert Simpson.

Spouse (1)

Robert Simpson (1983 - 1991) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Graduated from Ryerson University's Theatre School in Toronto.
Parents were from Jamaica. Her mother was a nurse (now retired), her father was a Justice on the Jamaican Supreme Court and served a five-year term as a judge on the United Nations tribunal trying war crimes cases committed during the Rwanda civil war.
Was crowned "Miss Black Ontario" in 1977 at age 18.
Former model for Eaton's catalogues
She appeared regularly back in the 1970s on the dance show called "Boogie" which aired on CityTV.
Honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Her middle name is not "Lee". When she joined the Screen Actors Guild she was informed that there were already five actresses named Tonya Williams on record and that she had to either change her first name or add a middle name. Since her legal middle name of Maxine Gwendolyn was too long, she came up with "Lee" in seconds, thinking she could change it later. However, one job led to another and before long the industry knew her as\\t Tonya Lee Williams--she she has said that she would still like to lose the "Lee".
Founder of ReelWorld Film Festival, in Toronto, Canada. The festival screens features, shorts, documentaries, animation and music videos, about or by Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and multi-racial communities.
She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
President of production company Wilbo Entertainment, based in Toronto, Canada.
She was born in London, UK. Her family moved to Jamaica when she was one year old. At age 4-1/2 she contracted rheumatic fever and was bedridden for six months. She and her mother moved back to England when she was five and settled in Birmingham. When she was 12 they moved to Oshawa, Canada.

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