Michelle Williams is an American actress. She began her career with television guest appearances, and made her feature film debut in Lassie (1994), which earned her a Youth in Film nomination. She gained wider recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the The WB series Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003.
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1. Michelle Ingrid Williams was born September 9, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana.
2. The daughter of Carla Ingrid and Larry Richard Williams. Her parents are separated, and she has one sister, Paige, and three half-siblings.
3. Her mother is a homemaker, and her father is an author, stock and commodities trader, and two-time Republican Party nominee for the United States Senate from Montana.
She has Norwegian, and smaller amounts of English, German, Danish, Swiss, Swedish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
4. As a child, Williams kept to herself and was self-sufficient; as she has said, “I was really secretive with my parents and I think I sort of continued that… I found that by keeping to myself I got on OK. I don’t know why.”
5. When Williams was nine, her family moved to San Diego, California.
6. She became interested in acting at an early age when she saw a local production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
7. Williams began her career in the early 1990s by making guest appearances in television programs such as Step by Step and Home Improvement.
8. In 1993, she appeared as Bridget Bowers in Baywatch.
9. She debuted in the adventure film Lassie (1994).
10. In Species, she portrayed the younger version of Sil, an alien-human who grows up to become the monster character played by Natasha Henstridge.
11. Following this, Williams appearanced in the made-for-television movies My Son Is Innocent (1996), which saw her transition into more dramatic work, and Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), where she plays a member of Susan’s (played by Amy Jo Johnson) geek clique.
12. At age 15, with her parents’ approval, she filed for emancipation from them, so she could better pursue her acting career with less interference from child labor work laws.
13. After completing ninth grade at Santa Fe Christian Schools, in Solana Beach, California, she left school because of severe bullying.
14. Subsequently, Williams was home-tutored by her father and later graduated with a GED from a correspondence school.
15. She moved to Los Angeles and quickly secured a role in Dawson’s Creek.
16. Williams said later that she thought she knew all she needed to know since age 15.
17. She said in 2011 that she chose emancipation as she was influenced by other young actors doing it.
18. In 1997, unhappy with the roles they were being offered, Williams and several actor friends wrote a script entitled Blink. It was sold, but nothing happened with it.
19. A starring role alongside James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson in the teen TV drama, Dawson’s Creek, helped raise them to prominence.
20. At age 17, Williams portrayed Jen Lindley, to whom she related because they both grew up “too fast.”
21. For filming of the semi-autobiographical series based on its creator, Kevin Williamson’s childhood, she moved to North Carolina.
22. In an interview with USA Today, she described her character as “this stable, happy-go-lucky girl still wrestling with demons.”
23. Her first mainstream production was in the slasher film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
24. It was a financial success, making $55 million against its $17 million budget.
25. Williams appeared with Kirsten Dunst in the comedy Dick (1999).
26. The movie is a parody, recounting the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
27. She began to do more challenging work, starting with a small part in But I’m a Cheerleader, directed by Jamie Babbit.
28. From the 2000s, Williams appeared primarily in dramatic, independent films for which she has received critical acclaim.
29. One of her career highlights was Brokeback Mountain (2005), which earned Williams a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Academy Awards for her role as the wife of Ennis Del Mar.
30. Michelle Williams followed this with I’m Not There (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008) and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010).
31. Williams’s performance as a drifter in 2008’s Wendy and Lucy earned her critical praise and her work opposite Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine (2010) garnered her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
32. Michelle Williams won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011), which also garnered her third Academy Award nomination.
33. In 2014 she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Cabaret as Sally Bowles.
34. Williams began dating Australian actor Heath Ledger, her Brokeback Mountain co-star, in 2004 after meeting on the set of their film.
35. In late April 2005 People reported that Williams and Ledger were expecting a child together.
36. On October 28, 2005, Williams gave birth to their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger.
37. During Williams and Ledger’s time together, they lived in Brooklyn, New York.
38. By September 2007, the couple amicably ended their three-year relationship.
39. Of the break-up, People quoted her telling Elle magazine, “I didn’t know where to go. I couldn’t imagine any place in the world that was gonna feel good to me.”
40. After Ledger’s death from a combined drug intoxication (CDI) in January 2008, the usually under-the-radar actress and her daughter became an interest of the media and were often followed by paparazzi.
41. As a result, Williams rarely gave interviews until the end of 2009.
42. On February 1, 2008, in her first public statement after Ledger’s death, Williams expressed her heartbreak and described Ledger’s spirit as surviving in their daughter, who resembles him.
43. Later that month she attended his memorial and funeral services.
44. In July 2008, Williams began dating director Spike Jonze.
45. They met on the set of Synecdoche, New York, which Williams starred in and Jonze produced.
46. Williams called the timing of their relationship “impossible”, and ended it in September 2009.