Graduate, Northwestern University.
She is known for her co-starring roles on According to Jim and Nashville, as well as her breakthrough performance in Father of the Bride (1991), for which she was nominated for several awards, and its sequel, Father of the Bride Participant II (1995). Throughout her acting career, she has guest-starred on television shows including Tales From The Crypt, George Lopez and Less Than Perfect. She is also known for her roles in made-for-television movies, including Safe House, The Christmas Shoes, and Lucky 7, and also her role as Laura Parker in Shade, a short film that she also wrote and directed.
Williams-Paisley was born in Rye, New York, the daughter of Linda Barbara (née Payne), a fund-raiser, and Gurney Williams III, a health and science writer
Williams has been in show business since the age of 13. In 1989 she directed the Rye High School Musical Revue.
She left Northwestern University during her sophomore year to appear in the 1991 film version of Father of the Bride but returned to complete her degree in drama. While there she was a sister of the Alpha Phi sorority.
She later appeared in Indian Summer (1993), Coldblooded (1995), The War at Home (1996), and in 1996 landed to lead role in American Broadcasting Company drama series Relativity.
In 2000, Williams-Paisley starred as Virginia in the fantasy miniseries The 10th Kingdom. From 2001 to 2008, Williams-Paisley played the role of Dana in the American Broadcasting Company sitcom According to Jim, opposite Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith. She left the show after its 7th season, but she came back for the show"s final episode in 2009.
On stage, Williams-Paisley replaced Arija Bareikis as Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, written by Alfred Uhry (of Driving Mission Daisy fame) sometime later in the play"s February 1997 to June 1998 run.
In 2000s, she also starred in number of made for television movies, and also guest starred on Less than Perfect, Boston Legal, and Royal Pains. In film, she starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in 2006 drama We Are Marshall.
In 2012, Williams-Paisley began starring in the recurring role of Peggy Kenter in the American Broadcasting Company drama series, Nashville. In March 2015, Williams-Paisley was cast in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
Spokesperson Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Foundation. Board directors Earth Communications Office.
Married Brad Paisley, March 15, 2003. Children: William Huckleberry, Jasper Warren.