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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Highest Rated: 100% Deep Sky (2023)

Lowest Rated: 11% Deception (2008)

Birthday: Sep 9, 1980

Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana, USA

After enjoying initial stardom on the angst-fueled teen series "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Michelle Williams essayed complex, multi-faceted women in such critical and popular hits as "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), "Blue Valentine" (2010), "Manchester by the Sea" (2016) and "Fosse/Verdon" (FX, 2019). Born Michelle Ingrid Williams in Kalispell, Montana on September 9, 1980, she relocated with her younger sister and three paternal half-siblings to San Diego, California when she was nine years of age. There, she became interested in acting after seeing a stage version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and began appearing in local theater productions. In her teenaged years, Williams began traveling to Los Angeles to audition for film and television roles, and made her screen debut as a seductive teenager in a 1993 episode of "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001). Appearances in features like "Lassie" (1994) and "Species" (1995) preceded her breakout role on "Dawson's Creek." Williams played Jen Lindley, the most visibly troubled member of the series' quartet of self-analyzing teens; though a ratings hit and a launching board for Williams's appearances in teen-oriented features like "Halloween: H20" (1998) and "Dick" (1999), she longed for more substantive work, and found it between seasons in the Off-Broadway production of Tracy Letts's Killer Joe and the HBO feature "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000), which cast her and Chloe Sevigny as young gay women in a relationship. When "Creek" ended in 2003, Williams continued to seek out challenging fare: she was a young woman embroiled in a destructive relationship with friend Anna Friel in "Me Without You" (2001), and a small-town librarian involved with reclusive Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent" (2003) before scoring a personal and professional triumph with Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). Cast as Heath Ledger's long-suffering wife, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, while also forging a romantic relationship with Ledger that resulted in the birth of a daughter in 2005. Their union ran aground in 2007, one year before Ledger's tragic death from a prescription overdose; Williams found solace in her work, which included Todd Haynes's film about Bob Dylan, "I'm Not There" (2007) and Charlie Kaufman's unique "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), as well as a near-solo turn as a homeless woman in "Wendy and Lucy" (2008). She capped this string of indies with a potent turn as a woman who committed infanticide in Martin Scorsese's supernatural thriller "Shutter Island" (2010) and as a woman in a troubled marriage to Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" (2010), the latter of which earned her a second Oscar nomination. A third Academy nod would come the following year with her turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn" (2011), which Williams followed with a diverse collection of projects, from Sarah Polley's mature romance "Take This Waltz" (2011) to Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2012), which cast her as Glinda the Good Witch. The latter was chosen to appeal to her daughter, Mathilde Rose, and Williams' desire to provide a more constant presence in her life led to stage work that culminated in a 2014 Broadway run as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and a 2016 Tony nomination for Blackbird. She returned to films in 2016 as Casey Affleck's estranged wife in Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea," which netted a fourth Oscar nomination. Its critical success spurred a flurry of activity by Williams, who moved swiftly from the lavish musical "The Greatest Showman" (2017) to Ridley Scott's troubled drama "All the Money in the World" (2018), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination as the mother of kidnapping victim J. Paul Getty. A rare foray into big-budget genre films came with "Venom" (2018), an adaptation of the Marvel Comics series with Tom Hardy, provided her with the highest-grossing film of her career, which she followed with an English-language remake of "After the Wedding" (2019). Williams then returned to television for the first time since "If These Walls Could Talk 2" for "Fosse/Verdon," a miniseries based on the tumultuous lives and careers of choreographer and filmmaker Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell) and dancer Gwen Verdon. As Verdon, Williams won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. While filming, Williams began dating director Thomas Kail;it was announced in December 2019 that the couple had gotten engaged and that Williams was pregnant with her second child.

Highest rated movies

96% Manchester by the Sea
94% The Station Agent
92% The Fabelmans 92% Certain Women 89% Showing Up 88% Brokeback Mountain 88% Lassie
86% Meek's Cutoff

Photos

Michelle Williams at arrivals for The 84th Annual Academy Awards - Oscars 2012 - Arrivals 1, Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection Busy Philipps, Michelle Williams at arrivals for The 84th Annual Academy Awards - Oscars 2012 - Arrivals 1, Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for FOSSE/VERDON Premiere, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York, NY April 8, 2019. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for AFTER THE WEDDING Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2019, George S. and Dolores Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, Park City, UT January 24, 2019. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for VENOM Premiere, Regency Village Theater, Los Angeles, CA October 1, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for VENOM Premiere, Regency Village Theater, Los Angeles, CA October 1, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Met Gala Costume Institute Annual Benefit - Part 3, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY May 7, 2018. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for The 89th Academy Awards Oscars 2017 - Arrivals 2, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Presented by SAG AFTRA - ARRIVALS 3, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2017 - Arrivals 2, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 8, 2017. Photo By: Adrian Newton/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA December 11, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Michelle Williams (wearing a Louis Vuitton dress) at arrivals for 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA December 11, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for The Academy's 8th Annual Governors Awards 2016, The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA November 12, 2016. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Premiere, The Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2016. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Premiere, The Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2016. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Premiere, The Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2016. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for CERTAIN WOMEN Premiere at the 54th Annual New York Film Festival, AliceTully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY October 3, 2016. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Michelle Williams at arrivals for CERTAIN WOMEN Premiere at the 54th Annual New York Film Festival, AliceTully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY October 3, 2016. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Michelle Williams, wearing Louis Vuitton at arrivals for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Opening Night Costume Institute Annual Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY May 2, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Michelle Williams, wearing Louis Vuitton at arrivals for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Opening Night Costume Institute Annual Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY May 2, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 86% Deep Sky Narrator - 2023
89% 48% Showing Up Lizzy (Character) $63.0K 2022
92% 83% The Fabelmans Mitzi Fabelman (Character) $17.3M 2022
57% 84% Venom: Let There Be Carnage Anne Weying (Character) $213.5M 2021
45% 76% After the Wedding Isabel (Character) $1.6M 2019
30% 80% Venom Anne Weying (Character) $213.5M 2018
35% 35% I Feel Pretty Avery LeClaire (Character) $48.8M 2018
79% 66% All the Money in the World Gail Harris (Character) $24.8M 2017
57% 86% The Greatest Showman Charity Barnum (Character) $174.0M 2017
69% 55% Wonderstruck Elaine (Character) $1.0M 2017
96% 78% Manchester by the Sea Randi Chandler (Character) $47.7M 2016
92% 52% Certain Women Gina Lewis (Character) $1.0M 2016
76% 69% Suite Française Lucile Angellier (Character) - 2014
57% 56% Oz the Great and Powerful Annie/Glinda (Character) $234.9M 2013
79% 58% Take This Waltz Margot (Character) $1.2M 2011
83% 71% My Week With Marilyn Marilyn Monroe (Character) $85.3K 2011
86% 53% Meek's Cutoff Emily Tetherow (Character) $977.6K 2010
86% 77% Blue Valentine Cindy (Character),
Executive Producer
$9.7M 2010
69% 77% Shutter Island Dolores (Character) $128.0M 2010
45% 63% Mammoth Ellen (Character) $8.5K 2009
20% 34% Incendiary Young Mother (Character) - 2008
86% 67% Wendy and Lucy Wendy (Character) $856.9K 2008
69% 71% Synecdoche, New York Claire Keen (Character) $3.1M 2008
11% 31% Deception S (Character) $4.6M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Testimonies of Faith: Humble Journey's Unknown (Character) - 2007
77% 69% I'm Not There Coco Rivington (Character) $4.0M 2007
30% 43% The Hawk Is Dying Betty (Character) $6.1K 2006
88% 82% Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers Del Mar (Character) $83.0M 2005
32% 75% The Baxter Cecil Mills (Character) $181.9K 2005
63% 62% Land of Plenty Lana (Character) - 2004
17% No Score Yet A Hole in One Anna Watson (Character) - 2004
35% 81% Imaginary Heroes Penny Travis (Character) $228.5K 2004
34% 81% The United States of Leland Julie Pollard (Character) $343.8K 2003
94% 89% The Station Agent Emily (Character) $5.7M 2003
68% 78% Me Without You Holly (Character) $301.2K 2001
28% 58% Prozac Nation Ruby (Character) - 2001
11% 51% Perfume Halley (Character) - 2001
60% 83% If These Walls Could Talk 2 Linda (Character) - 2000
72% 53% Dick Arlene Lorenzo (Character) $6.2M 1999
56% 49% Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Molly Cartwell (Character) $55.0M 1998
24% 42% A Thousand Acres Pammy (Character) $7.9M 1997
No Score Yet 48% Killing Mr. Griffin Maya (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Son Is Innocent Donna (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 25% Timemaster Annie (Character) - 1995
42% 31% Species Young Sil (Character) $58.7M 1995
88% 56% Lassie April Porter (Character) $8.3M 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Can See Your Voice Guest 2024
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name That Tune Guest 2024
No Score Yet 88% Snake Oil Guest 2023
No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2015 2023
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017 2019 2023
No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2019 2022
No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
81% 85% Fosse/Verdon Gwen Verdon (Character),
Executive Producer
2019
No Score Yet 51% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Unknown (Character),
Guest
2002 2010
No Score Yet 77% Dawson's Creek Jennifer "Jen" Lindley (Character) 1998-2003
No Score Yet 71% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Step by Step Unknown (Guest Star) 1994