Michelle Williams

Actor
Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams was one of the few actresses who displayed the talent and drive to parlay success on a primetime teen drama into a career as a respected film actress. She spent six seasons on ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1980 in Kalispell, Montana, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Suite Francaise 2015 (Movie)

Lucille Angellier (Actor)

Catch My Disease 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

Annie/Glinda (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meek's Cutoff 2011 (Movie)

Emily Tetherow (Actor)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

Marilyn Monroe (Actor)

Take this Waltz 2011 (Movie)

Margot (Actor)

Blue Valentine 2010 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Incendiary 2009 (Movie)

Young Mother (Actor)

Mammoth 2009 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

S (Actor)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Claire Keen (Actor)

Wendy and Lucy 2008 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

Coco Rivington (Actor)

The Hawk is Dying 2007 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

A Hole in One 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Hole in One 2005 (Movie)

Anna Watson (Actor)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

Lana (Actor)

Prozac Nation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

Cecil Mills (Actor)

Imaginary Heroes 2004 (Movie)

Penny Travis (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Jennifer Pollard (Actor)

The Station Agent 2003 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Dawson's Creek 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Me Without You 2002 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

Halley (Actor)

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

But I'm A Cheerleader 2000 (Movie)

Kimberly (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek: Behind the Scenes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick 1999 (Movie)

Arlene Lorenzo (Actor)

Seventeen: The Faces For Fall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween: H2O 1998 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

Pammy (Actor)

Home Improvement 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Species 1995 (Movie)

Young Sil (Actor)

Step by Step 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lassie 1994 (Movie)

April (Actor)

Timemaster 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bronte (Movie)

(Actor)

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Mr. Griffin (TV Show)

Actor

My Son Is Innocent (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

("When Love Goes Wrong(Nothin' Goes Right)") (Song Performer)

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

("Hero") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Blue Valentine 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams was one of the few actresses who displayed the talent and drive to parlay success on a primetime teen drama into a career as a respected film actress. She spent six seasons on the flagship adolescent offering, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), while spending her summers building a fan base of independent film fans in smart, dark comedies and dramatic explorations of the twenty-something experience. She reached critical heights with her heartbreaking portrayal of a young, small-town wife opposite Heath Ledger in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her supporting role. The onscreen pairing took on an even more heartbreaking poignancy following the 2008 death of Ledger, who had since become the father of he and Williams child after the couple enjoyed a seemingly happy and domesticated two years together. Despite the tragic setback, Williams nonetheless continued to perform at a high level, earning award recognition and critical acclaim with her brave performances in "Blue Valentine" (2010) and "My Week with Marilyn" (2011), while confirming her status as one of the more talented leading actresses of her generation.

Relationships

Morgan J. Freeman Executive Producer

Companion
Met when he directed episodes of "Dawson's Creek" in 2000 No longer together

Cary Fukunaga Executive Producer

Companion
Reportedly dating as of June 2011

Spike Jonze Executive Producer

Companion
Worked together on "Synecdoche, New York" (2008) Began dating in spring 2008 Confirmed split in September 2009

Heath Ledger Actor

Companion
Met in 2004 while filming "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) Father of her daughter Matilda Separated amicably in August 2007 after three years together Died Jan. 22, 2008 from an accidental overdose

Matilda Ledger

Daughter
Born Oct. 28, 2005 in Brooklyn, NY; father, Heath Ledger

Jason Segel Actor

Companion
Met through Williams's best pal - and Segel's former "Freaks and Geeks" costar - Busy Philipps Relationship first made public March 2012 Reportedly split February 2013

Larry Williams

Father
Born c. 1944 Separated from Williams' mother

Carla Williams

Mother
Born c. 1956 Separated from Williams' father

Paige Williams

Sister
Born c. 1984

EDUCATION

Santa Fe Christian High School

Solana Beach , California
Left after completing the ninth grade

Home-schooled by father, so she could graduate early

Milestones

2013

Played Glinda the Good Witch in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role

2011

Played sex symbol and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis directed "My Week with Marilyn"

2010

Played Leonardo DiCaprio's deceased wife in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"

2010

Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in relationship drama "Blue Valentine"; also executive produced

2009

Co-starred with Gael García Bernal in Swedish drama "Mammoth"

2008

Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"

2008

Offered dramatic turn in "Wendy and Lucy"

2008

Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in thriller "Deception"

2007

Featured in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," a film reflecting life of musician Bob Dylan

2006

Co-starred in "The Hottest State," written by and directed by Ethan Hawke

2005

Starred in Wim Wenders' "Land of Plenty"

2005

Co-starred with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"

2004

Starred with Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels in family drama "Imaginary Heroes"

2003

Co-starred with Peter Dinklage in indie drama "The Station Agent"

2003

Acted with Christina Ricci in highly anticipated film adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's novel "Prozac Nation"; premiered at the Toronto film festival in 2001, but iU.S. theater release was stalled due to disparaging remarks made by Wurtzel in wake of Sept

2001

Acted in "Me Without You," co-starring Anna Friel

2000

Co-starred with Chloe Sevigny in "1972" segment of lesbian-themed anthology "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO)

1999

Made off-Broadway acting debut in "Killer Joe"

1999

Cast alongside Kirsten Dunst in teen comedy "Dick"

1998

Starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween H2O," executive produced by Williamson

1998

Landed breakthrough role as Jen Lindley, a girl with a past on teen drama "Dawson's Creek" (The WB)

1997

Cast in small role, playing Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter Pammy in "A Thousand Acres"

1997

Played supporting role in NBC TV movie thriller "Killing Mr. Griffin"

1996

Legally emancipated from her parents at age 16 so she could live on her own in Burbank, CA

1996

Appeared in TV movie "My Son Is Innocent" (ABC)

1995

Landed two-episode recurring role on "Home Improvement" (ABC)

1995

Played the young version of the alien in "Species"

1994

Feature debut, "Lassie"

1989

Moved with family to San Diego, CA

Appeared in episodes of "Baywatch"

Born and raised in Kalispell, MT

Bonus Trivia

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"She's this stable, happy-go-lucky girl still wrestling with demons. She grew up quickly at a real fast pace. Of course, I can relate to that." – Williams on her "Dawson's Creek" character Jen Lindley, quoted in USA Today, Jan. 20, 1998

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"Making a lifestyle out of going to premieres is just a dead end. I can't imagine anything worse than a crowd of people. It makes me ill. Honestly, I would rather be at the dentist." – Williams' assessment of the the Hollywood party scene, quoted in Movieline, September 1998

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"When I was younger, I felt the weight of everything on my shoulders without the promise of anything," says Williams. "I was messier." – to Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 13, 2006

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"I feel like a plow horse, like I've kept my nose to the ground and put one foot in front of the other, and that it's been really methodical. It's just to everybody else that it seems I've burst out in the last year." – Williams to Interview magazine, March 2006

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"Not only is she beautiful and brilliant, but she brings such intellect to her work along with an intuitive grasp of character, extraordinary depth of feeling, and a kind of innate glamour – I guess we call it star quality, don't we? For a director, it's the dream package." – "My Week with Marilyn" director Simon Curtis on Williams, Vogue, October 2011

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"I would say I spent something like nine months doing my homework. I was surprised to learn that she was really profoundly quite average. She had a normal walk, a normal speaking voice. The camera really transformed her." – Williams on playing Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn," quoted in People magazine, Dec. 5, 2011

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