Tonya Lee Williams

Tonya Lee Williams (born Tonya Maxine Williams on July 12, 1958) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless, from 1990 to 2005, and for a brief time in 2007. She returned to the series in the fall of 2008. Williams was born in London, England to Jamaican parents. She lived in London and Kingston, Jamaica as a young child. At age 5, she contracted rheumatic fever; she and her mother went to live in Birmingham. In 1969, she and her family settled in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. As a teenager, she modeled in Eaton's catalogues and danced on a television series called Boogie! which ran on Citytv. In 1977, Williams was crowned Miss Black Ontario. Williams was married to Robert Simpson from 1983 to 1991. She has not remarried since. Her television debut was as a host of the Canadian children's show Polka Dot Door after graduating from Ryerson University in 1979. Appearances on the television series Check it Out! and Generations followed. Her involvement on Generations snagged her a role on The Young and the Restless, and has become her most lucrative role.


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