Edwina Beth "Edy" Williams (born September 7, 1942) is an American television and film actress who is best known for her acting work in the films of Russ Meyer, to whom she was married from 1970 to 1975.
Williams was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in Southern California. She began her career as a model and beauty pageant contestant. After winning several local pageants, she was signed as a contract player by 20th Century Fox.
Throughout the 1960s, Williams appeared in several television series and films including roles in The Beverly Hillbillies, The Twilight Zone, Batman, Adam-12, Lost in Space, The Naked Kiss, and the Sonny & Cher film, Good Times (1967). In 1970, she appeared as Ashley St. Ives in Russ Meyer's first mainstream film, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, followed by his second mainstream film, The Seven Minutes (1971). Meyer and Williams married in 1970, shortly after the release of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
In March 1973, she was photographed for Playboy in a full color photo spread by then-husband Russ Meyer. After her divorce from Meyer in 1977, Williams continued acting, mainly appearing in films, many of which involved nudity.
In 1982, she appeared on an episode of The People's Court as a defendant in a case titled "The Star Who Wouldn't Pay". She was sued for payment for publicity work the plaintiff had done for her. She counter-sued for half of the retainer she'd paid him. After this, she was sporadically active in films during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Since the 1970s, she has traditionally appeared at both the Academy Awards and the Cannes Film Festival in revealing and flamboyant outfits.
TV and filmography
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Chorus Girl||Episode: "The Dummy"|
|1963||For Love or Money||Edy|
|1964||Man's Favorite Sport?||Second Girl|
|1964||The Brass Bottle||Slave Girl|
|1964||A House Is Not a Home||Call Girl|
|1964||The Naked Kiss||Hatrack||Alternative title: The Iron Kiss|
|1965||Harlow||Mail Room Girl|
|1966||Run for Your Life||Watusi Dancer||Episode: "Carnival Ends at Midnight"|
|1966||Nevada Smith||Saloon Girl|
|1966||Paradise, Hawaiian Style||Brunette girl|
|1966||Batman||Hostess/Rae||3 episodes (37, 49 and 50)|
|1966||Beverly Hillbillies||Bank Employee||Season 4, Episode 28 "Jethro's Pad"|
|1967||Good Times||Mordicus' Girl||Alternative title: Sonny & Chér in Good Times|
|1967||Lost in Space||Non||Episode: "Two Weeks in Space"|
|1968||I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew||Marilyn|
|1968||The Secret Life of an American Wife||Susie Steinberg|
|1969||Where It's At||Phyllis Horrigan|
|1970||Beyond the Valley of the Dolls||Ashley St. Ives|
|1971||The Seven Minutes||Faye Osborn|
|1973||Adam-12||Tammy Warren||Episode: "Venice Division"|
|1975||Dr. Minx||Dr. Carol Evans|
|1977||The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington||Professor Simmons|
|1980||Willie & Phil||Ashley||Alternative title: Paul Mazurksy's Willie & Phil|
|1984||Hollywood Hot Tubs||Desiree|
|1984||Bad Manners||Mrs. Slatt||Alternative title: Growing Pains|
|1987||Mankillers||Sgt. Roberts||Alternative title: 12 Wild Women|
|1987||Sledge Hammer!||Dream Girl||Episode: "They Call Me Mr. Trunk"|
|1988||Rented Lips||Heather Darling||
1988 "Nudity Required"
|1989||Dr. Alien||Buckmeister||Alternative titles: I Was a Teenage Sex Maniac|
I Was a Teenage Sex Mutant
|1991||Bad Girls from Mars||Emanuelle|