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Actress Michelle Williams Bio

Updated on December 26, 2012
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Michelle Williams is a beautiful and talented actress that has had many highs and lows in her life.

Childhood

Michelle Ingrid Williams was born in Kalispell Montana on September 9, 1980 to Carla Ingrid and Larry Richard Williams. Her mother stayed as home while her father worked as a stock and commodities trader as well as an author. Her father also ran for United States Senate twice. When Michelle was nine years old the family moved from Montana to San Diego California. That same year Michelle saw her first live theater performance. It was that performance that inspired her to become an actress. In order to work on television and film she was home schooled by her parents. There was a three year curriculum that she pushed herself to complete in just eight months so that she could graduate and pursue acting full time. At 15 years old she emancipated herself from her parents so that she could work full time. In a 2011 interview she spoke about her emancipation and said, "I didn't know anything about anything. In the immediate sense it sounded like a great idea. But, I think most 15 year olds would relish the idea to live with no one looking over their shoulder. It was mostly because I have always had a kind of vicious independent streak."

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Career

Michelle has had 41 different television and movie roles starting with Bridget Bowers on Baywatch in 1993. She became well known for her role as Jen Lindley on Dawson's Creek. The show took place from 1998-2003 and was a break out hit with teens. But, Michelle wasn't content just to act on television. She spent every summer break filming movies. She choose roles that were out of the ordinary. While she could have been the pretty girl in romantic comedies she choose to do independent films instead. She stood out again for her 2005 role as Alma in Brokeback Mountain, her 2010 role as Delores in Shutter Island, and her 2011 role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn. Michelle received an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award Nominations for her work in Brokeback Mountain. She also received an Academy Award Nomination for her lead role in Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn. She also Produced Blue Valentine. To date, it has been her only effort as a Producer.

Michelle Williams Filmography

Title
Role
Year
Suite Francaise
Lucille Angellier
2014
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Glinda
2013
Take This Waltz
Margot
2011
My Week with Marilyn
Marilyn Monroe
2011
Meek's Cutoff
Emily Tetherow
2010
Shutter Island
Delores
2010
Blue Valentine
Cindy
2010
Mammoth
Ellen Vidales
2009
GREED
 
2009
Synecdoche
Claire Keen
2008
Wendy and Lucy
Wendy
2008
Deception
S
2008
Incendiary
Young Mother
2008
I'm Not There
Coco Rivington
2007
The Hottest State
Samantha
2006
The Hawk is Dying
Betty
2006
Brokeback Mountain
Alma
2005
The Baxter
Cecil Mills
2005
Land of Plenty
Lana
2004
Imaginary Heroes
Penny Travis
2004
A Hole in One
Anna Watson
2004
Dawn's Creek
Jen Lindley
1998-2003
The Station Agent
Emily
2003
Prozac Nation
Ruby
2001
Me Without You
Holly
2001
Perfume
Halley
2001
If These Walls Could Talk 2
Linda
2000
But I'm a Cheerleader
Kimberly
1999
Dick
Arlene Lorenzo
1999
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Molly Cartwell
1998
A Thousand Acres
Pammy
1997
Killing Mr. Griffin
Maya
1997
My Son Is Innocent
Donna
1996
Timemaster
Annie
1995
Species
Young Sil
1995
Home Improvement
Jessica Lutz
1995
Raising Caines
Trish Caines
1995
Step by Step
JJ
1994
Lassie
April Porter
1994
Baywatch
Bridget Bowers
1993

Relationships

In 2005 Michelle played the jilted wife of Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain. Heath and Michelle fell in love. The couple had a daughter, Matilda Rose, on October 28, 2005. They moved to Brooklyn to raise their daughter. They separated after filming I'm Not There together. Heath died from an accidental overdose in 2008.

Michelle is currently dating How I Met Your Mother actor, Jason Segal.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I thought you did a great job with this hub. I've seen Michelle in two movies and have been impressed with her innate "old soul" persona. I would love to see her performance as Marilyn Monroe. Thank you for sharing this very interesting article about a most talented young woman.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks hawaiianodysseus. She is definitely a talented actress!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent review on one of my favorite actresses.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks shiningirisheyes!

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